Monday, February 2, 2015

ME - Maine Sex Offender Registry

David Charns
David Charns
The following was sent in to us via email.

Hi,

I am working on a story about the variances of the Maine Sex Offender Registry and how a lot of information is incomplete, therefore giving some identifying information to those on the list but not for others.

I am trying to find someone on the list to talk to about this for an interview.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

David Charns
Anchor/Reporter - WMTW News 8
(207) 233-2724
dcharns@hearst.com
@DavidWMTW


15 comments :

Jason Sanders said...

David it is about time someone calls the United States on this. Government's don't want to admit that they are wrong in their actions. While people can and do actions that are harmful to others, such as drunk driving, stealing, murder, and other crimes against actual people the registry holds a lot of area's that are grey. Take for instance the one that is conned in these cat and mouse games. Oh yes government seems to give them the license to lie, con, bagger, soften, & persist in their game if one confronts these fictitious teenagers for the betterment of public safety. 90% of these cases or more turn out to be plea deals. If they really had a case why would they give one a plea deal.
While I am on the registry as attempted Indecent liberties of a minor it really doesn't tell the public that it was actually a police officer and it really doesn't tell anyone on the internet the amount of persuasion that was used or the enticement involved. Lets face it sex is a powerful drug that is used as a weapon. But here is the kicker these operations are done in an adult chat room. There main motive is to protect teenagers.
Correct me if I am wrong. There is only one reason that an adult would go into a teenage chat room that I can think of. With todays' public safety about the internet preached in schools all over the nation police are still conducting these operations with these cat and mouse games and their goal is for public safety.
Look at how many are on the registry right now. I admit society need's to be cleaned up but when these men in blue start conning people into these games and don't warn them of danger than they are accountable.
Even teenage safety is important just as much as adult safety and computer safety is a lot different from public safety. Police will say teenagers don't listen and will go into adult chat rooms. Well if they will tell you that what else will they tell one.

Jason Sanders said...

Are you in Maine?

Jason Sanders said...

If you are in Maine and would like to do this anonymously that is OK too. My contact information is in the link.

Jason Sanders said...

I don't see why you need someone to interview. There is no way your news station will let you run anything about sex offenders that doesn't end with fear mongering.
I can picture it now:

"The maine registry is missing vital information. We spoke to John Doe whose crimes include child pornography because he is a sick sick sick pedophile. His name, address, car, job, (etc) is listed... but what about Joe Schmo next door?!?! The only information listed is his address. That is not enough information. Why isn't the police filling out all the details for every single sick pedophile? The public has a right to know. We need our police to crack down on these criminals who are just waiting for their next victim. The next time you think you know about your local sex offenders... you have one question to ask yourself... do you really know? Chances are, you don't. Back to you Bob."



I know you THINK you are a journalist, but if you can only make a buck by playing to the fear of society then you are no professional.


It must be a slow news day.

Jason Sanders said...

Hello shiny, I know everyone on here is upset about these sex sting ordeals and about the registry, the Megan law's and these snare's that people get into in these sting operations. Ask the question first.... Why would someone want to be duped by those that suppose to protect and serve you? Than ask the question, why would someone from a TV or radio station want to help.
Sure public want to know about these sex registry's whether or that guy is dangerous. You follow me.. whether I hi-jack cars or am on the sex registry or a murder, a crime is a crime and it doesn't matter to me but if the crime is fictitiously set up my law enforcement in their attempts to make their quota to gain their funding or whatever than I would think someone can use some help in maybe getting justice for all on the registry and that starts will media and people like David that want to help.
Sure I'm paying off like a 19 hundred dollar fine, sure I'm on probation and lifetime registration, and sure I can't get or find a job because of this but there is hope, but to rant about some news media person wanting to try and help someone, I don't know were your coming from. You should apologize to David as he is trying to help. I'm in Virginia and I don't know if any of this is going to help me but as it is now, what does anyone have to lose. And about that fear comment.. One of our great presidents once said..... There is nothing to fear but fear itself...... its people helping people that make the difference in this world....Police go beyond and bend rules.... look what their doing in Florida is you want to find out about this.

Jason Sanders said...

Many who have been interviewed by reporters and such have had nothing but bad experiences, like Shiny mentioned, so any time a reporter contacts us wanting to do a story, we also question their motives. There have been good interviews, but for the most part, the reporter wants to further demonize those questioned and "sex offenders" as a whole.

Jason Sanders said...

Oh really? "COME INTO THE WEB SAID THE SPIDER TO THE FLY." In my years in the legal world, most, if not all reporters - those especially when working with television are dupes - like a wolf in sheep's clothing. After an interview, and editing, any video footage etc. the actual story appears like a horror story for the public to buy guns, and to fear anyone on the registry. Yet one more reason why I threw the towel in from the legal world after 18+ years of burn out.

Jason Sanders said...

I agree, no one should talk to this reporter, he just wants to stir up problems for us all.

Jason Sanders said...

This is stirring a lot of issues'. Now I don't know about you all but I'm in favor of anyone that will help the one on the registry whether its governors, senators, congressman or media. I am ashamed at law enforcement, I'm also ashamed at myself but I'm not ashamed that I was in an adult chat room. Was one of our past presidents ashamed when he was impeached or resigned? Its people helping people that make the difference in society and if society conducts their actions' properly than society is better for it.
Sure I want truth and I'm sure everyone else wants truth. We don't need a registry if the registry is going to mislead someone that thinks that this or that person is bad or a registry that, if one is on it discriminates one from jobs, or housing or other factors. That's why the operator of this sexual issue site says to speak out.
There are all kinds of issues in this world but correcting the issues' is a lesson that government's need to learn and this issue is no different from any other issue. Truth is one of the main thing Jesus talked about so were is truth the spirit of truth in the world today. Not in any of these sex sting operations.

Jason Sanders said...

They are provocateurs in it strictly for the controversy and ratings. They interview Muslims all the time, another marginalized witch hunted group they exploit for sensationalism

Jason Sanders said...

Exactly. They are the Judas goats in all this. They don't care about they facts. They are incapable of seeing this thing for what it really is. They just want to make bank (ratings, profit) over the fallout and controversy at the expense of YOUR misery.

Jason Sanders said...

Mark a good biblical name. Sure we can go with someone's advice on here but I would much rather put on the "Whole armor of God" to fight the devil. With God all things are possible, with Man forget it. If this man with his media can help one than he may be able to help a lot of other stray sheep.
I hate the sex offender issue as well as all on here but I'd rather have God fight my battle than let Government compound it and if David can help great. Even the Beatles said.... Give peace a chance.

Jason Sanders said...

I wouldn't trust you either, David. Isn't February "sweeps month" for your station's ratings?

Nunya said...

The "incomplete information" is rather vague. Oregon only lists predators on the public registry, but regular sexual offenders are not openly listed. Pennsylvania, last I checked, states county of residence and county of work, but not much else. Would either of these be incomplete? Maybe if you were to elaborate you would garner a more positive response for your news story? Maybe you could do an investigative story on the lack of government oversight and lack of transparency on state and federal budgets with respect to post supervision monitoring of sex offenders.

Nunya said...

A nice story would be how the registry hits people in the pocket by lowering property resale values and by wasting and undisclosed number of tax dollars by using precious law enforcement resources to monitor the 95% of offenders who are non violent, would never re-offend, have paid their debt to society, never committed the crime to begin with and/or would just like to get a job. Being in the media, you can deflate some long held myths regarding rsos by using actual statistics from the DOJ and other sources. Real numbers. Can you do that for us? At least look into it? No one else in media is. Maybe more insight as to your agenda with Maine? Write an anonymous article for this blog? Something?