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Something to think about

March 12, 2008

John Stossel just posted an article about sex offender databases. He makes some points I have often stated but never wrote down. There are probably thousands, if not tens of thousands, of people on these databases who shouldn’t be there.

Statutory rape is one offense that, in most cases, shouldn’t get you listed. I know someone who was accused of that crime; he was 22 she was 14 and they both say nothing happened. However, it was reported and the police followed through with prosecution, even without the alleged victim bothering to show up at the trial. He is now listed as having committed “sexual assault of a child”; he is also classified as “low” risk, but that doesn’t help much.

One issue is that the disposition date is 1998. Many would assume this was the date of the offense, which makes it seem like he was 27 or 28 when the “crime” was committed. However, the date of the “crime” was actually 1992, before he turned 22.

The moral of the story is, don’t believe everything you read, even in sex offender databases.

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