My life of hell on Indiana’s sex offender registry (SOR) began in 2003 when I was arrested for looking at and printing out pictures of nude preteen girls from the internet. I had just graduated high school at the time, was working a dead-end job, and living on my own with no friends or girlfriend. Also, two major contributing factors to why I was looking at girls that age were that I had been molested when I was very young and the therapist I was taken to failed to address the issue of the abuse in any way.
So, I’m in jail as a young adult. This is my first run-in with the law; I had never even had so much as a driving ticket. I am facing two counts, a C Felony and a D Felony. I meet with my court-appointed attorney and he tells me that if I sign the plea bargain that the state will drop the C Felony and I am pleading guilty to the D Felony. So, I signed. Well, he lied to me big time to get me to plead guilty to the more serious charge, and the state dropped the D Felony.
When I got released from prison, I was immediately on probation for the next six years, and I have to register as a sex offender for the next ten. Plus, I had to attend and comply with the very strict rules of court-mandated group therapy. I did the therapy for over four years and spent over $8,000 on it, and I get absolutely NO recognition for it now.
During my fourth annual check-in with the coordinator of the SOR, she deleted the words “ten-year registration” and my end-registration date and changed it to Lifetime! Why? I have no idea! I had not committed any new sex offenses or violated any rules of group therapy, probation, or the registration. She had no right whatsoever to do that!
When that coordinator was replaced by another coordinator, I told the new lady what the former one had done. The new lady said that she should not have done that, but also that she wasn’t going to fix it.
Now I am stuck on Indiana’s radar for the rest of my life, and no one will listen to me or look at the vast evidence I have that I have been wronged and victimized. I am also married and a father of two young grade-schoolers, and they are affected every day by my continued punishment.
I have seen people convicted of child molesting and rape that only have to register for ten years! Where is the justice and fairness in that?