By Mike . . . I was tricked onto the Florida registry in 1997 when I took a plea for a sex charge for a consensual sexual relationship with a minor.
Yeah, I did it. I knew her age also….I’m not like everybody else that makes the excuse they thought she was older, but so did her parents, and they knew my age as well. I was liked by everyone, and the parents never cared about me dating their daughter up to the age of 25. I was very immature, but I never hurt anyone, period.
Anyway when they finally told me I was a sex offender, right before I got off probation, I found myself on the Florida sex offender website after the media was telling everyone and anyone to go look at their sex offender neighbors. I saw the word DANGER! above my head with 2 sirens flashing around. I felt like I had been mentally raped of my due process rights. That was definitely not part of my plea bargain and was definitely important enough to know beforehand.
If I wasn’t the best athlete in the world, I would have put an end to the misery a long time ago. It has affected me more than most because of my talent that went to waste just so they could have some faces on there when they launched the website in FL. But that is how FL operates; they will strip you of your rights and laugh in your face at the same time.