My son is on the sex offender’s registry. He has always reported and paid on time. He committed his crime 15 years ago and was adjudicated as a minor for that offense. He has not committed any crimes since.
Last December, he was diagnosed with a severe diabetic complication that required multiple foot surgeries. He was in the hospital longer than expected due to infection. While he was in the hospital, the nurse accidentally broke his phone. We haven’t been able to afford another phone, so he went without.
Two weeks ago, he was scheduled to report for the registry. Even though it was physically difficult , he appeared for them. They asked about his phone. He told them it was broken, so they asked for another contact number. My son gave them my number, even though he does not use my phone.
The police called me this morning to inform me that my son has a felony warrant for his arrest because of the contact number (from my phone) that he provided. They also indicated that my son did not report an address change for being in the hospital. The police officer threatened to come out and arrest him at my house. I let him know my son was not here. They recently placed him temporarily in a nursing home for physical rehab. The officer then informed me that was another violation.
I had no idea that we had to report hospital stays. If my son goes to jail, it will kill him. He is immobilized, in a wheel chair, requires daily wound redresses, a walker to use the toilet, and four shots of insulin per day, along with other medications.
This feels so wrong, especially since my son has tried so hard to comply.