Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sentence Extended

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By No Chance:
I was sentenced to 8 months for "Sexual Assault of a Child" 15 years ago. Since then I have had many people give me a chance. Even with being a Registered Sex Offender.

On here it says How the offenders and their families are persecuted. Will, they are not the only ones. All my friends have come to me saying how they are being harassed by people for being friends with me. Luckily enough they have hung in there for me.

I know I did a terrible thing. I have been paying for what I did for over a decade and sincerely believe I will be paying for it for the rest of my life.

I just wish my friends, family, and girlfriend didn't have to go through this too. The only thing they did was trust me. Why should they have to pay for that.

TN - The Insanity of the SOR

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By Freedom Lost:
I pled guilty to a charge of sexual battery in 2001. The "alleged" crime was against a women I lived with and had consensual sexual relations with. I pled guilty because of a little practice called prosecutorial blackmail. They used other charges with threat of maximum time to coerce a guilty plea. Nevertheless, that is not my story; In 2010 approaching the 10 year termination from the sex offender registry I contacted the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation requesting release from the registry. The first letter of response indicated all that was required was for me to go personally to a field office and submit fingerprints. I was incarcerated for unrelated charges and could not immediately comply. The following year pending my release I again wrote a letter requesting termination. I was informed that I would not be eligible for termination until April 20, 2020 more than 19 years after conviction. I have proof of registration and the State has stipulated in court documents that I was registered without violation in 2007 (ONLY BECAUSE I HAD A COMPUTER PRINTOUT FROM THE T.B.I. WEBSITE WITH MY PICTURE ON IT)

I began litigating this case pro-se in 2011 in Federal Court, that case is on hold pending state process. I filed a petition in State court in December 2013. I am still waiting for a decision. The states most recent position is that I was release without serving the one year sentence of my conviction. How could I be registered if I had never served the sentence? I now have an attorney and will continue to fight this case all the way back to Federal Court if necessary. If anyone has advice, resources, or input. Please post to this website. I have considered going to the media (20/20 or even Dr. Phil) This case needs media exposure so people will know the kinds of things the states are doing.

Thank you for you time and interest.

SC - Everyone not treated the same

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By Steven:
I was arrested in 2009 for touching a teenager while extremely intoxicated. No excuse but still it happened. It was never something that I intended to do or planned but still the same it happened. I plead to Lewd act and was given 6 years in prison and 5 years probation. I served 3 years in prison and took the 6 month course for sex offenders in prison. Upon release, I still had to take a year long course at $25 a week, Pay probation $20 a week and was put on a monitor which is another $40 a week. Total I had to pay $85 a week and just getting out of prison had no job. Thanks to family I was able to keep up the payments and after a year am still unable to get work due to the charge. I have finished the class and now only have to pay $60 a week. Of course if you do not pay they will violate you but no one will hire me. Now I have been told that the monitor that I am wearing will continue the rest of my life due to new South Carolina laws (or as long as I am on the registry). I don't mind the registry but the monitoring seems to me to go to far. The biggest thing is that several of the guys that were in my year long class had the same charge or worse charges, but they are not on monitoring .Most did not even get prison time. It all depends on how much money you have and what attorney you had and the sentence can be night and day! The law states that anyone with CSC1 or Lewd act must me on electronic monitoring but yet not all judges put them on it. I am fortunate in that I have family helping me, but not everyone does. And what happens when my probation is over? If I move out of state will I still have to have the monitor? I am 60 years old and this was the first time I have ever been accused of something like this. Sometimes I think that it would have been better if I had murdered someone, they don't have to register. It just sucks. But I am going to try and take it to court as my probation term nears its end. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

24 yrs of hell but I'm surviving

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By Doug:
After reading many of other members stories, I noticed many of the same frustrations and questions. I am compelled to tell my story to help support others and possibly get some in return.

My first wife falsely accused me of raping my 2 yr old daughter in 1990. I suppose only she truly knows why, buy as for me I can only speculate. She had been involved in an affair in which I tried to gain custody of our daughter but backed out and attempted to reconcile. A short time later she gave birth to a son (most likely another man's child). That child was sickly and was in and out of the hospital every other week. I had to work and take care of our daughter when they were at the hospital. I also had an accident that put me out of work during this time for 6 months.We were actively discussing divorce and when I went back to work I put in for a transfer to get closer to home as a means of still trying to make my marriage work. The day before my transfer I was arrested and charged with rape. It was a holiday weekend but my folks were able to bond me out before the Judge left town. That same night I discovered my wife had a new man with her (She eventually married him). I can be a bit naive at times but I am certain he must have already been in the picture and her second affair was in full swing. I spent from 1990 to 1999 fighting for simple visitation, on repeated false accusations that were later dropped. In 1999 I was on my third marriage and in good standing to get full custody of my children, due to the repeated antics of my X wife. A few months before that court date I was surprised by a newspaper article saying I had been indited by the Grand Jury. This time it was a charge coming from one of my current wife's non-custodial children. To make a long story short, I had to abandon my custody hopes and due to court rules of admissibility, my lawyers convinced me that a plea bargain was my best hope. (During this time I had an emotional break down and attempted suicide) It was a case of a child's word against mine. I have not touched any of these children, but with SO stigma, it simply was not a risk I was willing to take and gamble with my freedom. I took a plea of abuse 2nd (I was told it didn't require registration) Later I discovered that wasn't true.

After my plea adjusting to life as a RSO has been difficult and depressing to say the least. I have tortured myself with worry and depression. I've lived through the relationship breakdowns and heartaches from X's attempting custody because of me. We all know who the looser is in these scenarios. The problem being most of us have the same basic human need to be loved (Normal Adult Relationships). I've had to not pursue relationships because of children. I've had grandchildren used as a vice. Thank God I have a wife that is sticking by my side. There are still events that cause drama, but Faith in God and holding your head high is the best advice I can give. You don't OWE anybody shit, except the same courtesy you expect in return. Above all be honest from the start and mistrust in the system is well earned.

PA - Being murdered by doctors in my town/state

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By Crystal:
Since 2005 I have been being accused of a sex offense against a family member and am being flat out murdered by doctors here in my town/state. I am suffering right now in my house unable to breathe with a heart condition and no doctor in my county will help me. I have not be convicted of any crime nor have I ever been brought up of charges for any crime. I don't know what to do. I have a child here that still needs me and I'm to ill to do all the things I need to do as a mom. Can you all help me in any way my number is 717-786-5699