And you notice, the news media only got his side of the story, not the other side. So much for being fair and balanced! The Campaign for Freedom group is a PUBLIC group, and they only post snapshots of these people's own words, so how can we make them look bad when it's their own words? Other harassment and murder of ex-sex offenders on YouTube and here.
By Ryan Smith
CLAY COUNTY - A local man who's devoted his life to fighting against child sexual predators is now being targeted by those very offenders.
- He continually goes around claiming people are pedophiles when they are not, and calling for people to be murdered, molested, raped, etc, and that is his own words, which the group linked above was created to show. I do not know of one person who has threatened Mr. Rowe, but a couple people claim he has threatened them.
David Rowe and his team have done a lot in our area to make sure offenders are known to the public. “The way I look at it is somebody has to do something. Pedophilia has become a full blown epidemic."
- Not everyone on the registry is a pedophile, and you continue to use the term as if they all are. It's simply not true. And the registry is there for anyone to freely look at, he is going beyond that, which is pretty much harassment in our book.
He formed No Peace for Predators after Somer Thompson was kidnapped and murdered. Ever since then, the watchdog group works to expose who they call the worst of the worst, sex predators. Just last year, they got an ice cream truck out of the hands of registered sex offender, Jackie Hall. If someone like Hall moves to the area, Rowe and his team spread the word with fliers.
“We go to their next door neighbor’s house; we go to the stores they shop in. Everywhere they could possibly lay foot and we put their faces everywhere,” said Rowe.
- Yes, you harass them, you go beyond what the law states and the police do, that is vigilantism!
But now, Rowe says, an underground group of registered sex offenders are trying to do the same thing to him. “They're trying to paint me as this monster."
- Underground? Who is underground? The link to the Facebook group is PUBLIC and all the web sites are as well. Underground means people are hiding, which we are not! And no, I don't think anybody is trying to paint you as a monster, your own words are doing that!
According to Rowe, disgruntled sex predators are distorting his character on blogs and social media sites like Facebook. They call him a violent vigilante. Action News did some digging and discovered that Rowe was recently arrested for fighting at a local bar. But he says that doesn't make him the monster, some are calling him online.
- Again, it's his own words which are being posted, and anybody who cares to see the facts for themselves can clearly see that, if you look, and not all in the group or visiting the Facebook pages are pedophiles or predators, but family members sick and tired of the injustice system and people harassing them and their families, like you have been doing online.
“That we go out and do harm to these people and that's not the case at all. We've never touched anybody,” said Rowe. “We're here to let the people know who these guys are, what they've done and what they're capable of doing."
- Show me one place where someone has said you go out and harm people David! I don't recall seeing anybody say that, but you clearly think people will just take your word for it, and what is sad, is most people do. Also, it's not your job to go around posting fliers and harassing people you claim are predators or pedophiles. If you have a problem with someone, call the police instead of becoming a vigilante!
Rowe says he reported the group, Campaign for Freedom, to Facebook but the content has not been taken down. Campaign for Freedom says it's devoted to ending vigilantism and reforming sex offender laws.
- It's free speech David, and what has been posted is your own words! The group is public, meaning anybody can join, if you want. And even if you don't want to join, if you are logged into Facebook, you can clearly see everything in the group. It was made that way on purpose.