Friday, July 12, 2013

FL - Sex offender talks to ABC Action News about his past

Sex offender speaks out
Sex offender speaks out
Original Article


By Erik Waxler

ZEPHYRHILLS - "We don't like who we are. We don't like what we've done. We feel not at peace with it, and we feel very ashamed," said registered sex offender [name withheld].
He is speaking for himself and not all ex-sex offenders. Your past doesn't define "who you are!"

[name withheld] says he didn't set out to be a sex offender. But when his wife died of cancer, his life fell apart.

"I was very, very, very depressed. I was angry," said [name withheld].

[name withheld] says that's what led him to molest his adopted teenage daughter over a two-year period.

He served prison time and is now living in Zephyrhills, where Detective Scott Anderson checks up on him and hundreds of other sex offenders and predators.

"It really strikes home when you work these investigators and you see that child could be my child," said Anderson.

The Sheriff's Office has three detectives specifically assigned to keep track of the more than 800 sex offenders in Pasco County.

"I haven't gone trick or treating with my daughter in four years because I'm out every Halloween dealing with sex offenders," said Anderson.

Anderson says he often hears from concerned residents. "I tell them now that you know you have a sex offender local, keep on your toes. Notify your other neighbors what's going on," said Anderson.

Because it's not easy for him to find housing, [name withheld] shares a trailer with three other sex offenders, but he says they get along with neighbors just fine. "Once they know us, because we keep our lawns, we keep our yards, we help people when we can."

Detectives in this unit check in on up to sex offenders 20 a day and they visit four times a year, making sure they are were they say they are and doing the things they are supposed to be doing.


Loneranger said...

They complain that it affects their life as in they can't go trick or treating with their children. And this is important to them and the sex offenders keep them from doing this? The reality is they are doing this to themselves by enforcing laws that don't have any positive effects at all. A waist of tax payers money to create jobs and work for the police. If a person is on probation or parole they have someone watching them. If they have paid for the crime they should be done and the perceived need to keep contacting them to make sure they are doing what they should and that changes daily is more make work then productive. All based on fear mongering and deception. Myths that distort reality to the point where this looks like it's necessary. The reality is it does nothing to promote any kind of reduction in crime. the only thing these laws do is promote crime as many of the people on the registry become victims of unscrupulous people who know they are vulnerable.All they have to do is go on line to pick their next victim for harassment or extortion. Given the government both federal and state have done the very same thing. Is this just make work for the police? It tends to do the trick as they continue to aid criminals in offending against people on the registry by making a list of potential victims. one has to wonder what is really going on here in the world of politics.

g4change said...

Given this person's relationship to the victim, this irresponsible TV station basically just "outed" the victim to the whole world. Pure scumbag journalism!!!