originally posted 1/20/2012
This is my story. I am 23 years old. I am the mother of a beautiful five month old girl, a wife, full time student, and full time employee. I am also a registered sex offender.
In 2006, at the age of 18, I was charged with sexual misconduct with a minor, as a class C felony in Dearborn County, IN. I was a senior in high school when I met Scott. I was 17 and he was 15. We dated for seven months, and then I turned 18. On my birthday his mother told us we could not see each other anymore. We continued to see each other anyway. We live in a relatively small town, with two of his cousins being police officers.
I was in my first semester of college when I was arrested. I missed my exams because I was in jail and lost my scholarship. The next year was hell. I spun out of control; I felt betrayed and disgusted by the justice system. I was given probation and made to register. I have do not have to follow any restrictions other then registering and general probation. I can live where I want and go where I want. So, in that aspect I guess I am lucky, but I still am labeled.
Even after all of this, I still have hope. I know one day things will change. I know this because so many are being wrongly accused. You can only make so many people mad, violate their rights, destroy their security, and make their lives almost unbearable before they stand up and fight back. There is hope out there, everyone. Please don’t let this ruin you or your families lives. You must be persistent and you must push on. We will win this fight!