originally posted 6/9/2009
I’ve been an S.O. since 1996. I was caught with child pornography on the internet in Florida and since then my life has been more than miserable. I was 31 years old, and this was my first felony. I received a 24 month sentence along with 120 months probation. I’ve never laid hands on any child, nor have I ever attempted to do so. I knew what I was doing was wrong, but I am an addict (clean and sober for over 21 years now) and had picked a new habit. I’ve heard all the arguments that having looked at such material that I’m an accident waiting to happen; as far as me going out and actually committing an offense against a child. I know myself better than that, and I could never do that.
I’ve struggled over the last 13 years, with homelessness, thoughts of suicide and lack of work (even worse now for me than it ever was). I’ve been to prison a total of 3 times and have been falsely arrested as well.
I can never seem to find anything on any legal challenges to these dastardly laws. I am not some animal; I am not a danger to society; I want to live in peace and find some happiness.