Saturday, March 21, 2015

Because of one womans jealously over another

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By Not Guilty:
My voice shakes after 8.5 years of incarceration. I have been humbled through and through; and yet, nothing will stop me from trying to pronounce the truth of my situation.

My story starts as a young boy of 17 determined to provide for the live my soon to be daughter deserved. I chose to join the U.S.A.F. and decided it was time to be the man she deserved.

While in the service, I found out my "ex" was rather promiscuous while I was away. I decided to move back and try at the very lease to be there for my daughter. Regretfully, at that age, the folly that was to become known to me by staying with one woman for the sake of a child was unknown to me.

I soon became disenchanted with the situation and decided to move on with my live. I wound up falling in love with another woman whom blessed me with another beautiful daughter we moved in together. Perfect life at 23, 35k a year, new home, new wife, new baby... Until.

Everything was well until my "ex" found out that my youngest daughter was destined to join us in this world. She became jealous that I wouldn't cheat on the woman I now loved and refused me visitation of my oldest daughter. So, I refused to pay my child support. This led to me filing paperwork at a county court asking for supervised visitation, which, after a court hearing and many questions later was granted.

My "ex" refused to bring our daughter to these visitations 14 of 16 times. So like any concerned father would do, I filed more paper work to prove her willful misconduct.

Funny enough, the day my "ex" was to receive her bench warrant for failure to follow a court order, she accused me of molesting my own baby girl.

After a 4.5 hour interview with the police desperately trying to explain my innocence, I was released. Three months later, I was charged and arrested with the rape (two finger penetration) of my own daughter. I was arrested at work and committed in the county jail.

I was threatened with 20-40 years and offered a 2.5-5 year sentence if I would just admit to something I DID NOT DO. I was kick around by staff and inmates alike and placed in solitary confinement "for my own safety," according to prison officials.

After three months, I was given a trial where they withdrew "rape" charges which were changed to Agg. Ind. Ass. of a minor. At trial, there was no medical documentation, no witnesses, no proof presented by a PA District Attorney. Just the word of two detective that stated on court transcript that they destroyed there original handwritten records after they took 5 hours to compile there notes. (I hope you caught that, 4 hour interview takes 5 hours to compile notes?) There was no video or audio recording of what those detectives allege was a complete and utter confession.

I pled not guilty. I was subsequently convicted and sentenced to 3.5 - 10 years.

Someone how, I though racism was dead. I being a child on the 90's as a white man, took a black lawyer to a white affluent county and wholeheartedly believed the truth would set me free. I WAS WRONG! All he could see was easy money. $30K later, he stipulated to the testimony of every witness I had. The end, guilty.. Over..

8.5 years later, I am still fighting my case and I will do so for the rest of my natural life. The ONLY thing I wanted was for my daughter to know that I would not stop fighting for her. But as they say, no good deed goes unpunished. Thank you for such a website. To those in a similar situation, your not alone. Admitedlyl, after having been in prison, there are some really bad people out there. But I learned my lesson in judging someone by everyone else says...

P.S. - I now go to college for an Assoc. in Paralegal. From prison, I was able to help many others under Alleyne v. US, (U.S. 2013). Any help or suggestions to help others would be appreciated. I am 4 months out of prison after 8.5 years and am determined to help those in a similar situation. Keep hope and faith alive... God bless.


The effects of S.O. registry to the family members

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By Hard Life:
I am a wife of a very low to no risk R.S.O. We are so affected with this SORNA and International Megan's Law. The majority of my immediate family members are living abroad (third world country). They cannot come to USA at all. Me and my family can visit them anytime before. Now, we are so scared that my husband will be denied entry in any country abroad. We cannot travel outside USA anymore. We felt that the new law is a double jeopardy. My husband did his time, not on any parole or probation. He is supposedly free man, except the burden of registering. No other convictions or sex offense. He was framed up by his own biological father 28 years ago. During that time, he was young and so naive. Convicted without proper trial. He tried every possible way to be accepted in this society and to protect us his family from the SO stigma.

Now, we felt that the new S.O. law punishing him again for a lifetime for making USA as a cage. Now, this country became a jail for him and for his entire family. The only few weeks a year we can have to spend time personally with our immediate family abroad were terminated by this new law. This registry and SO national database that black lists S.O. are creating damage to more people. It is not protecting the public. Instead it ruins family relationships, SO family members morale and dignity, and more.

There are more people out there that endangers the public like terrorists, bombers, sex and human traffickers, drug dealers, serial killers, serial kidnappers and rapist, and more. And yet, the registry is focusing on sex offenders only. The law should make an exemptions and review each individual cases accordingly before subjecting the offenders to this cruel and inhumane law.

I wish the government will open their ears and eyes to the plea of these concerned people. No one is perfect. Many are offenders, the only difference is, their offenses were not reported and they were given a second chance. They know it. It is their conscience and guilt that will hunt them down. If you are a person who can help in this situation, please help. Help the poor families being affected with this law. The offenders paid their debts in the society. They were stripped of every single rights they had. They cannot get jobs to support their families. Their families were put into shame, traumatized, and stigma for the rest of their lives.

Many of these offenders just wanted to have a normal life, a second chance, and understanding. If the government can give a second chance to other ex-convicts, why the low risk offenders cannot have the same treatment.

WE NEED HELP!!


The Lie Detector and the Sex Offender

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By James:
I just received a letter in the mail from my Probation Officer that he has scheduled me for a Lie Detector test/polygraph test in a few weeks. He had brought it up and ask me if I had taken one and I told him no during my last visit to him. I didn't think much of it but I was so shocked when that letter arrived I didn't know what to do. I called him up and said I was a conscience objector and on that note he said you don't want us to have to take you in front of the judge.

Sure anyone would be upset that one has to go thru this. I have been on probation for about 2 years and they gave me sex offender classes for six weeks before they gave me a medical discharge. While I never had any victim from this internet sex sting operation I don't know what they are looking for.

Sure I have a blemish on my probation from Halloween by being late getting in that night but I spent 7 days in jail for that one other than that I have not violated even thou I'm still looking for work. I'm sure others are going thru this same situation and it is nerve wracking to say the least.

I have a nervous conduction and since my offense was more of a deception I would think that might be grounds in getting out of all this crap. I don't even know what question's they ask or anything really about all this. Maybe I can get some advice from you all. That would really because I feel intimidated at all this.


My True Sentence

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By Guilty:
In 1996 I committed the crime of first degree rape of a child.

I was offered a plea and sentenced to 147 months. With good behavior I got out a after 10 years and 9 months.

While in prison I completed the Sex Offender Treatment Program and even six years after my parole, I see a therapist weekly.

Yes I paid my "Debt to society". But I have been troubled with severe depression and recently realized that life in prison, or even death can't spare me my true sentenced. Guilt...

I, rightly so, feel the weight of my actions when I think about the child I hurt, his mother, our families and friends. Actions of this nature affect an entire community.

I can't look at myself in the mirror some days, not wanting to see my mugshot starting back at me. I feel as though my sentence should have been worse. I was released from my prison, but my victim and his family don't get that opportunity. They live day in and day out in the prison labeled "Victim". Where is the justice in that?

I'm not looking for sympathy, I earned my punishment and worse. This was something I have just realized and wanted to share.

Guilty


Monday, February 23, 2015

FL - PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: THE RALLY IN TALLY

Advocates of sex offender registry reform will gather in a peaceful protest at the Florida State House in Tallahassee FL on April 22, 2015 during the annual Lauren Book's 'Walk In My Shoes' event. The Rally in Tally is a joint collaboration among civil rights activists; we seek to raise awareness of the sex offender law reform movement, provide educational material, and garner attention to our plights at a high-profile event that brings politicians, celebrity advocates, and the news media together.

The intent of the Rally in Tally is not to attack, dispute, or criticize the efforts of Lauren's Kids as it relates to raising awareness and the prevention of sexual abuse in America. However, we are taking a stand against the policies of the Lauren's Kids foundation in its efforts to promote and lobby for Florida's "scorched Earth" policies. Lauren Book and her powerful lobbyist father, Ron Book, have pushed a number of harmful policies under the Lauren's Kids banner, including tough residency restrictions that forced registered citizens in Miami-Dade County to sleep under bridges, in abandoned parking lots, and even along train tracks and warehouses. In the past year Lauren's Kids supported a law marking the state-issued ID cards of some registrants with a scarlet letter, creating "pocket parks" to expand exclusion zones against registrants, and is currently supporting a lifetime GPS bill for all registered persons. In addition, Lauren Book has referred to all registered citizens as "monsters," "incurable," a "clear and imminent danger," and "ticking time bombs."

We cannot make the Rally in Tally a success without you, our fellow activists. We need people willing to travel to Tallahassee to present the Book family, Florida Legislature and ill-informed public with a visual representation of the unconsidered consequences of hastily-devised legislation. Registered citizens, civil rights activist and registrant families are strongly encouraged to attend. Our hope is that anyone reading this will realize each person is needed at this rally to stand publicly for our rights. If you cannot attend the event, then we encourage you to support the rally movement by making a donation to assist in paying for supplies or sponsor someone who otherwise would not be able to participate.

Please send us an email at contact@womenagainstregistry.com for more information and to receive periodic updates about this exciting event!


Vicki Henry
Women Against Registry, President
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Fighting the Destruction of Families
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