With all the negativity that is exposed in this blog, I figured I would give you a story of hope.
I was 11 years old when I committed my offense. I was in 5th grade and active in pop warner football. My team went undefeated and I was in the best shape of my life. I was just a boy with my whole life ahead of me. I made some poor choices and made a massive mistake that has been haunting me well into adulthood. I broke the law and committed a sex offense.
I am now in my 30's and working an awful job. Sometimes it is difficult to wake up and everything reminds you of the fact that you are a sex offender. It haunts you and makes you timid, scared that someone may find your secret out and you will once again be stripped of any dignity that you hold dear. It was getting unbearable and weighed heavily on my soul. I lost jobs, friends, romantic partners and, most importantly, I lost myself. That is until I researched into what I could do about it....
My offense was in Washington state and their sex offender laws are about as strict as they come. As an 11 year old sex offender, I was told that I would spend the rest of my natural life registering with local law enforcement and I would be banished to a life on the run. Since I was so young, the laws permitted me to not only relieve myself of my registration requirements, but also allowed me to seal my records. I can't express the joy I felt once I found this out. I hired a lawyer (Mark Blair) who specialized in this who was not only professional, but was very sympathetic to my situation. I went through a polygraph and a risk assessment test. I nailed the polygraph and the assessment. I was, as of yesterday, free of my scarlet letter. I wept for hours, realizing that I can once again look forward to life. Just knowing that I had a chance was invigorating!
I did it. I am free. I am 32 and I now have a shot at life. I hope this inspires some of you to show that we aren't monsters.