Thursday, January 17, 2013

PA - Convicted Sex Offender Speaks Out

Original Article

01/16/2013

By Bob Reynolds

A convicted sex offender sits down and talks with Newswatch 16!

He says changes in Megan’s Law is unfair, while a prosecutor says when it comes to children’s safety you can not compromise.

Convicted sex offender [name withheld] of Hazleton looks at his listing in the State Police Megan’s Law database. [name withheld] knows that anyone with an internet connection can see the list.

Who have to look up behind you because you don’t know who is going to come up behind you and attack you because being on the registry, it’s like a hit list to us,” [name withheld] said.

[name withheld] pleaded guilty to molesting a 9-year-old girl in 2002. He was sentenced to jail and was placed on the Megan’s Law list. He was supposed to be on it for 10 years. An updated in Megan’s Law changed that for [name withheld] and thousands of others. [name withheld] said now will be on the list for the rest of his life.

I am very upset because 10 years is 10 years. I have paperwork stating that I would not do again, repeat what I was accused of,” he said.

Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said the change in the law and the increase in time on the registry was needed.
- It's also an unconstitutional ex post facto law, which is forbidden by the state and US Constitutions, which this lady took an oath to defend, and is not doing so.

The safety of the public, the safety of the citizens; I think parents will agree with me, especially when it deals with children — the safety outweighs anything negative side of this,” Salavantis said.
- And the German's agreed with Hitler, but that didn't make it right!

[name withheld] said he is still paying for his crime.

I get depressed because I ruined my life because of this. There have been times I have thought of killing myself,” he said.



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