By Terri . . .
As the mother of a registered sex offender, I am like all other Mom’s, worried about the effect of this registry on my Son’s well-being. I don’t understand how a one time offender can be required to register for life. Most every other felon is allowed to live their life after serving their time and probation.
Also, with my son, this case was not a violent event but is considered a tier III offense because the girl lied about her age. She created a fake My Space profile to hook up with men. My son went on what he thought was a date and ruined his life.
The SOR is necessary for predators of young children but there should be some type of scale as time goes by without additional offenses to allow a reduction in requirements and eventual removal from the registry.I understand as a violent offender he is not eligible for removal at this time. If he could get his tier reduced now at some point in the future, he could apply for removal from registry. If none of our efforts result in removal from the registry, we need to find out the process to move out of state or possibly out of the country.
My son is slowly slipping away and nobody really cares. It seems that if offenders take their own life or are re-incarcerated it’s just one less person you have to keep track of.
The communication in this program really needs to improve. At the beinning of Covid, he received notice that registry would be done online. Once they determined that in person registration would start again, they did not notify him. He is now being charged for non-registry. Trooper King said he came by the house and asked Greg if he knew how to register. He has been registering for over 10 years. Why did he just not say that registration was not completed correctly and he is in danger of being arrested? Why didnt the online process give an error if not allowed. They also said he completed some fields incorrectly so they could see he attempted.
I will say most visits are done first thing in the morning and I generally have to wake Greg up when they come by the house. He has given up on work, friends and any kind of social life as he is too tired of explaining his situation since every time things don’t work out he falls deeper into depression.
Anyone with common sense could tell that Greg did not intentionally miss his registration. He did not leave town or go on the run. He was at home and is always here when anyone stops by.
His next court date is in August and of course he is concerned but also very unmotivated to try and help himself get out of this mess by asking for a court appointed attorney.
He needs help to get his life back on track.