Thrown under the Bus

By Sonya . . . Our story began in 2013 but has taken a turn for the worse in 2021. We are in California, and my fiancé was charged with an Indecent Exposure charge that did not involve children and was a non contact/ non violent/ serious offense. He was never publicly listed on Megan’s Law prior to the new Tiered Registry. His offense is still a Tier 1, which we thought he would now be able to petition to get off the registry. However, due to bad choices in the past (drug related), he was given a high risk score, which placed him in Tier 3. So, now, because of old offenses, he is now listed publicly for the first time ever. He has not re-offended since 2013 and had his Indecent Exposure expunged. We can easily get the old drug offenses expunged since they were misdemeanors, but that would be costly. Those offenses are well beyond 7 years…

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I was the victim now we both are paying

Me and my husband now 25 years met when we was younger my father knew of this my mother did not but I became pregnant in 1997 and my mother filed charges and then dropped them the state picked them up I was 13 few months from 14 he was 18 two months from turning 19 when we found out we was having a baby girl my mom then let us talk threw his prison sentence for two years . Soon as he was released he was asked by my mother to move into our home now this was the same woman that filed but then dropped his charges . Few months later my father signed papers I was 17 for us to marry. I got pregnant with our son at this time it’s 2000 We marry May 19th of 2001. We have been togather since all this and it has affected not only our life but our children life….

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Registration is meant to be a lifetime punishment

By T . . . The bottom line of my story –I was convicted (plead guilty) of Criminal Sexual Conduct of the 4th degree (attempted) back in 1998 in the state of Michigan. My registration was meant to be a 25 year registration from the start. I was later classed as tier 2, still 25 registration. The events in the story happened when I was 19 years old. The story behind my conviction.When I was 19 years of age I was discharged from the US Army Reserve due to not completing HS on time. I was enlisted as a split op trainee. This mean I went to Basic before I completed my senior year of HS. During this time I was extremely active on AOL. I was into flirting and everything else that went with being a teenager. One day I got message by a random girl who liked the fact that I was an army guy. I had listed…

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Gun Rights and Registration Vulnerabilities

By J . . The issue of constitutional gun rights is a complex and highly debated topic in society, often highlighting the importance of balancing personal freedoms with public safety. However, when it comes to registered sex offenders, the loss of constitutional gun rights can place them in potentially dangerous situations. This article aims to explore the unique challenges faced by registered sex offenders who are unable to exercise their Second Amendment rights due to a felony sexual crime and the public disclosure of their address, despite not having committed any firearm-related offenses. The Predicament of Registered Sex Offenders Registered sex offenders are individuals who have been convicted of sexual offenses and are required to register their personal information, including their address, with law enforcement authorities. The legislature stated purpose of this registration is to inform and protect the community from potential risks. While this system claims it serves a legitimate purpose, it can also inadvertently expose individuals to vigilantism,…

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Forgiving Yourself: The Path to Healing and Moving

By J . . . Leaving prison and starting a new chapter in life can be a complex and emotional journey. Among the many challenges you may face, learning to forgive yourself is a critical step towards healing and rebuilding your life. Self-forgiveness allows you to let go of past mistakes, cultivate self-compassion, and create space for personal growth and transformation. Here are some insights to help you navigate the process of forgiving yourself and embracing a brighter future. Acceptance and Compassion:Recognize that you are human and, like everyone else, prone to making mistakes. Acceptance is the first step towards self-forgiveness. Be kind to yourself and offer the same compassion and understanding you would extend to a dear friend in similar circumstances. Reflect and Learn:Take time to reflect on your past actions and the consequences they had. Understand the reasons behind your choices without judgment. Identify the lessons you’ve learned from those experiences and how they can shape your future…

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International travel AFTER the registry

By Maestro . . . I’d like to share a story about traveling outside the USA with a previous S.O. felony but no longer being on the registry… I recently traveled to Gambia (west Africa) with a stop over both ways in Istanbul, Türkiye.In order to leave the Istanbul airport to get to my hotel (12 hour layover), I had to obtain a visa, which I was able to do right at the airport. No questions asked. Cost $40 USD. Arrived at Banjul airport in Gambia, also obtained a visa there. The only question was; “What brings you to Gambia?”Answer: “An online friend who is going to be my tour guide” (this is true, btw. And soon she’ll also be my wife).The immigration officer then stamped my Gambian visa good for the next 5 yrs! Yes! Arriving back in the USA….I currently live in Georgia, so of course I came back into Atlanta international airport. Going through the customs area,…

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Catch 22

By Randy . . . I was arrested in 2008 for masturbating in my car near a group of people aged 15-22. I had no intention of being seen and remained in my car with a “towel” covering me. Believe me or not I did not think anyone standing out there was “underage”. They were all dressed as “heavy goth”. No judgement, just heavy makeup. One of them called the police because they “suspected” I was doing something. Police picked me up a mile down road and I confessed to what I was doing in the car. I was cited with Disorderly Conduct. It was embarrassing and humbling. My wife picked me up at the station and the arresting officer (very nice gentlemen) told my wife the “kids” who called on me were well known by police. He also said if I hadn’t confessed there would be no case as nothing was ever “seen” or confirmed but only suspected. I…

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5-lie-fe Therapy Interrogation

By Mario . . . THERAPY INTERROGATION:therapy interrogation is a system that collect disclosures. the therapist wants to know your hidden secrets. they could be illegal acts in the past or present or illegal acts that lead to your initial crime. you’ PO will collect this information on a monthly bases and monitor your progress in therapy. typically the program last about 2 2/1 years. you will be submitting weekly disclosures check in sheet that consisting of incriminating questions. here’s a recording of my interrogation THERAPY AND THE POLYGRAPH:during your time in therapy they will use polygraph as a psychological tool. They emphasize so much on this tool by inflicting emotional distress on clients. Your slowly being trained to believe this polygraph illusion really works. They do this, so once your getting ready to take the polygraph test. Your making a volunteer disclosure without any intimidation. In fact, your slowly being subconsciously coerced to incriminate yourself against your will. Probation…

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From military to the registry

By Will .  . . It was September of 2008, I was working out of town for a couple of weeks, when I got a call from my wife telling me that a sex offender had been stalking my 4th and 5th grade children while they walked to school. The story my daughter told her teacher, the principal, and later the police, was that a man was slowly following them in his car as they walked the 3 blocks from our house to the neighborhood school. When the police asked her for a description, they were able to track this man, Ted, via the National Sex offender site, to this very same man that was following her and her brother that morning.I got crazy angry that day. I was so furious, I wanted to fly home, track this man down and kill him, or at the very least beat the hell out of him. I couldn’t believe the hate that…

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I’m not an offended but I dated one

By Anonymous I’m not an offender but I dated one. He was convicted as juvenile in King County Washington when he was 14. He’s 42 now. In 2021 we landed in SJO for a family vacation to Costa Rica with our three kids. He was denied entry straight off the plane whilst the kids and I were permitted to travel forward and we did, which was terrifying but we’d already spent the money. He was flown back to our state by the airline. I was really bewildered by the whole experience for obvious reasons but after getting back and digging deeper into the issue I have become familiar with two things that I think this forum would benefit from knowing: 1) King Country seems to have an abundance of corrupt individuals both at the state and federal level who are creating a school to prison pipeline for some deep pockets in the judicial system and primarily prey on minorities and…

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