Springfield level-3 sex offenders, May 16, 2013
CNN did, I think, an excellent article on sex offenders and the stigma that they endure as registered sex offenders, though I do think it tends to focus on those who are registered or imprisoned for child pornography. Apparently many people, especially parents of such offenders, seem to diminish the gravity of this activity. It is also true that in some cultures, especially middle eastern ones, child “brides” in forced or arranged marriage is the norm not the exception, however, in this country, there are laws sanctioning sex with children, or sex with minors.
Researchers find though that over 50% of actual molesters of children, including those who kill their victims, are avid collectors of child pornographic media.
After the above article received over 3,000 comments, CNN did an article about the various views in the comments. An interesting article in itself.
While I agree that being on the sex offender registry makes it somewhat difficult for offenders and even their families, and in some cases, such as Florida near Miami, the only legal place a registered sex offender can live is under an overpass on the freeway. I read an article on this a couple of years ago and it showed the “tent city” under the overpass crowded with registered sex offenders living there.
In many cases laws to “legislate morality” actually do function as witch hunts and make it next to impossible for a person who truly wants to clean up their act to do so, that said, though, I am for the registration of sex offenders. It is pretty well known that pedophiles do not rehabilitate and few rapists do either.
The man that was the former cell mate of my son, Patrick, that came to rent a house from me, and was arrested here with a hand gun trying to break into my son Andrew’s house is a registered sex offender. He had spent over 20 years in prison for molesting three girls, ages 9, 11, and 14. When he got out of prison, he was not on parole as he was such a “bad actor” that they held him to the last possible day so that he didn’t have parole when he was released. He got no “good time” and did his sentences, as the inmates say, “flat”–day for day.
Here is his sex offender registry: http://www.sorarchives.com/offender/view/54293
Kenneth George Hamilton Jr
View photos: 1
Last known address:
700 Block Of South St
Hot Springs AR 71901
Age: 45 Birthdate: 1966-12-25 Gender: M
Hair Color: Unknown / Unspecified
Eye Color: Unknown / Unspecified
Offense: INDECENCY W/CHILD SEXUAL CONTACT
When Hamilton was in Texas he was listed as a level 4, high risk for violence offender, the highest designation for a registered sex offender, and he had a lengthy rap sheet as well.
When he moved to Arkansas he had to re-register in this state, and after 10 months of being in Arkansas he had not been “assessed” by Arkansas. When I found the mug shot and record still on Texas’ offender list and called the State of Arkansas assessment office, they said they were 5,000 inmates behind in assessments and it might be another year or two before they got around to assessing him. I informed them that he was living with my mother as her “live in caregiver” and that if they didn’t have him assessed in 3 days I would be on them like white on rice. Since he was NOT assessed, even though he had not registered his address (my mother’s house) there was nothing the sheriff could do about arresting him for failure to register.
Well, they did get him assessed, but assessed him as a “level two” and he does not have to pop up if you do a map search, but only shows up if you google his name…I asked them “Why?” And their reply was “well, he didn’t do any of these crimes in THIS state.” DUH????
When he got out of prison here in Arkansas after about 18 months on parole for a felon in possession of a fire arm, which was plead down from many other more serious charges, he went to “live with a friend” according to his parole officer, who by the way, the parole officer did not know he was a registered sex offender until I told him. That was sometime in 2008, and his address is the same one as on the registry since he first got out. Notice too, that the address does not give the exact house number only the block number. I would bet a nickle he is not there…he wasn’t known for following any requirements for registering.
After I found out about his Texas registry, even before he was rearrested here in Arkansas I went house to house up the block near the house he had rented from me and found that he was “befriending” a 12 year old boy that lived across the street. Yea, he just liked kids, right? Yea, rigggghtttt!
I realize the stigma of having an adult child who is an offender of any sort, and one who is a sexual offender is even more stigmatized, but it is unfortunate for the parent, but not their “fault.” According to Dr. Anna Salter’s books, pedophiles do not change, do not stop their offending, and by the time they are arrested as a “first offender” they are usually guilty of between 150 and 300 Actual sexual assaults.
While each individual viewing of a film of children engaged in sexual acts doesn’t harm the child directly, none-the-less, pedophiles do produce, buy, sell, and trade pornographic images of children. Without a market of some kind for these images there would be none produced. Children are harmed by the making of these videos and films. People who watch such videos and films are coarsened by doing so. My opinion is that younger children and adolescents are harmed by watching them more than older adults who are already fixated on young children as sex objects.
I admit that I have a particular revulsion for pedophiles, and though I was 18 at the time I was beaten and raped by a family member, I do realize the gravity of sexual abuse of any kind. My son Patrick impregnated a 13 year old girl when he was 18, and I can still hear her mother’s anguished cries to me to keep my son away from her daughter. I had tried unsuccessfully to do just that. She made the difficult decision to have her daughter’s pregnancy aborted which I am sure was traumatic for the girl as well as her mother. Patrick didn’t physically force himself on the girl, but he did manipulate her into giving her “consent” as her hormones raged. He didn’t care what the effect was on that young girl, initiated into a sexual intimacy she was not emotionally ready to deal with.
While I agree that there should be some “middle ground” for some instances of “sexual offenses,” like the drunk peeing behind a dumpster at 2 a.m., I still contend that the sex offender registry is more of a positive for the public than it is a negative for the families of these offenders. I wish there was no need for these registries, or for the mug shots you can google up on your handy-dandy computer, but you know, recently I googled up the criminal record of a young man I had working for me here at the farm and found that he had a lengthy criminal record, including “certain persons with a fire arm” (i.e. a parolee with a gun.). The young man no longer works for me as he had tried to manipulate both me and my son Michael and con us out of money.
I am no longer as trusting of people as I was prior to the manipulation and violence which my son Patrick and his buddies have inflicted on me. I have personally known one of the most prolific sex offenders, a pedophile named Charles “Jackie” Walls, III, who as a scout leader over 20+ years molested over 1,500 kids, and got one of his victims to kill his parents after the victim told Jackie he had “told.” I never liked Jackie, whose father was a wonderful man and his mother a true southern lady, and his wife and kids were good Christian people, but I never suspected what a monster he was. They even made a TV documentary about Jackie’s case and the prosecutor said that she wished there was a death penalty for him, that she would have gone for it.
Another man who was a State Park Ranger, working with kids, and married to a school teacher and active in her class activities, went to federal prison for child pornographic videos in an FBI sting. The state parks department managed to hush it up, and few people knew what he had done or where he went. I knew because I have many friends who are parks service employees. After he got out he tried to rejoin our living history group (working with kids) and got a job working with kids at a state museum…and after I informed the director of his record, and he was fired, he then went to work for other youth organizations. Eventually he committed suicide. He had a college degree and could have found employment in other venues, but he kept finding jobs (at least for a while) working with children. He had “only” been in prison for looking at pictures of kids having sex…but I will bet the farm that man also had molested kids as well though he was never convicted of that.