Friday, October 21, 2011

URGENT - OH - People off the registry are popping back on it?

It has been brought to our attention, that many in the state of Ohio are noticing that when they check the state sex offender registry, after they have been removed from it, are now seeing themselves back on the registry.

So it is advised, that if you live in this state, to check out the state and county registries, and if you have been removed from the registry in the past, by a court order, or due to the Bodyke decision, then you need to contact the police and Attorney General.

You should send an email or even better, a fax to the Attorney General's office so you have it documented in writing. (Fax is the best, if you can, most faxes get read, emails can tend to vanish into the spam folder, or other.)

Someone did call the local sheriff, for themselves, and the sheriff said that they should not be on the registry and he would take care of it.  He also said they are having major syncing problems with the databases, which are using the Offender Watch system, and hopefully it should be fixed soon.

Attorney General Contact Info: (Link)
Toll-free: 800-282-0515
Local: 614-466-4986
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
30 E. Broad St., 14th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

I would also contact your sheriff's office in writing (fax, email or letter). This is important so you have a paper trail should you need to take legal action.

Last, I would call the Attorney General's office and your local sheriff, but be sure you have first sent them something in writing.

Assistant Attorney General:
Name: Justin Hykes
Email: justin.hykes@ohioattorneygeneral.gov
Phone #: 614-387-4257

You need to keep watch on this, for awhile anyway.  Some people have seen themselves on it, off it, then back on again.  So keep vigilant and contact the Attorney General and local sheriff, until they get this fixed.  And make sure you have a paper trail that you can use in court, if needed.

Also visit this link to read more about the Offender Watch nonsense.

NOTE: If you have been affected by this, and so we can get it documented (somewhat), leave a comment below, but remove any personal identifiable information.


CA - Halloween Sex Offender Rule Isn't Really the Answer

Original Article

10/21/2011

It's the spookiest time of the year, and yet another California community is trying to keep the bogeyman away from their local children on Halloween by not allowing sex offenders to give out candy. Riverside County will not allow registered sex offenders to give out candy, hang Halloween decorations, or have their lights on between 5 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Halloween. As the county supervisor explained, that's like leading the prey to the predator.

Also like last year, other people are stepping forward to say that this doesn't really protect children and, furthermore, continues to punish those who have paid their debt to society. And, lest we forget, some sex offenders are simply 18-year-olds who had sex with their teenage girlfriend and an angry parent brought charges. It's a tricky one.

My kids will be trick or treating in my neighborhood this year and I only know a handful of our neighbors. I know which ones are sex offenders, thanks to Megan's Law, and chances are we wouldn't be going that far away from the house anyway. But my kids are still young and have an adult accompanying them along the sidewalk. If my kids were old enough to trick or treat around the neighborhood by themselves, maybe I would think twice.

Although I have to say I don't remember my mom ever letting me trick or treat without her being somewhere nearby. By the time she was willing to let me go out on my own, I wasn't trick or treating anymore. I'm not really worried about someone snatching my kid when she rings the doorbell and asks for candy. I mean, we know where they live and I'd be right behind her. Also, highly, highly, highly unlikely scenario. So my gut instinct is that this is an overreaction that does no one any good.

Still, as a mom to two tiny children, I have the fear in the back of my head. Even though I know it's statisitcally unlikely that harm would come to my children, I don't even want a sex offender to look at my kids. But as long as I'm letting them out of the house, people will see them. I cannot control which people look at my children and which ones do not. To think otherwise is insane.

So maybe let's not make Halloween any scarier than it already is for ourselves or our children. Stop worrying about who is behind closed doors in your neighborhood and start looking at those sugar and calorie counts on the candy your kids haul home.

Do you think sex offenders should be allowed to give out Halloween candy?
- Leave your comments, pertaining to this question, at the "Original Article" above.


AL - Sex offenders and Halloween, the hysteria continues

Original Article

10/20/2011

By Phillip Ohnemus

Jefferson County (WIAT) - Technology is making it safer for tech savvy trick-or-treaters.
- No it's not, it's being used to spread fear and hysteria. There has not been one case of where a child was sexually abused by a known or unknown sex offender on Halloween, not one!

It wasn't that long ago when you never know who lived behind the front door.
- And that's how it should be. Why do we, now, think we need to know everything about everyone?

But now a detailed sex offender registry complete with addresses and pictures is just a click away.

Sheriff Mike Hale says; “It's good information because as a class of offenders they're prone to recidivism. And you know what if we have children involved... We just don't need to be going there... That's an address to avoid. There's close to 700 of those addresses throughout the county.”
- Another sheriff, spreading lies and disinformation that is not based on facts. The facts are, that sex offenders have one of the lowest recidivism rates of all other criminals. I am willing to bet you could ask this sheriff where he heard about the so called "high" recidivism rate, and he will say "word of mouth," not from something he has read. Also, if parents are so freaked out about it, which I doubt they are, it's all just fear mongering police and media, then they should go along with their child, be a parent!

There are a number of free and paid apps that you can download for your smart phone.

But Sheriff Hale says those apps may not be as current as lists on your local sheriff's department website.

"You know with an iPhone you can hit our website and you can access the sex offender database you can put in an address and you can get a list of the names."
- But what about all the other criminals who are more dangerous? Like murderers, gang members, DUI offenders, abusive parents/baby sitters, etc? Why do we not have a registry for all criminals?

And while you can check addresses on the go, the sheriff says it's a better idea to have a plan before you leave your home.

"Go to the sex offender section and you know what, put in addresses. Identify all the sex offenders within a mile of where they're going to trick or treat and it'll show you where not to go."

And Sheriff Mike Hale adds that the safest thing you can do for your child is to never let them trick or treat alone, always have a trusted adult present.
- I agree, and this is what you should be saying instead of spreading fear and lies!


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