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Reform the Sex Offender Databases

October 9, 2009

Some people do not belong on Sex Offender Databases.  That’s just a fact.  It may be a case of an 18 year old boy having sex with a girl who is 16.  He is then convicted of statutory rape and branded for life.  All the database will say is “sexual assault of a minor” or something similar.  The date listed in the database is probably not the date of offense – it’s more likely the last registration date or the last court date.  This can make it look like a 25 year old raped a 16 year old when, in fact, it happened 7 years ago when the “offender” was 18.

I know people in this situation (or a similar situation).  A bad decision has branded them as an “offender” for life and anyone who looks it up online thinks the worst.  Don’t get me wrong – there are people who need to be on this list.  Violent offenders and true child molesters should be there.  However, many people should not.

Please think about this the next time you look at one of those databases.  Look up the case in the county court records and see what really happened and what the actual date of the offense was.

Here’s a good article on the subject.  People are just going crazy.

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