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March 16, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 07:00 PM ET

 

A STORY OF SURVIVAL! 

An exclusive interview with Candice Moncayo – allegedly attacked by the same man suspected in the murder of Chelsea King.   How did she get away? And why she hopes her case will lead to stricter laws against sexual predators.

AND

Chelsea King’s parents on their push to create ‘Chelsea’s Law’ – which could track sex offenders via GPA.  Could it prevent others from suffering the same fate?

PLUS

Amber Dubois’ mother speaks out for the first time since her daughter’s body was found.

DO YOU THINK SEX OFFENDER MONITORING IS WORKING?

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A. Smith, Oregon   March 16th, 2010 7:15 pm ET

Republican lawmakers are condemning a entire generation of higher educational American citizens to the possibility of being housed in America's massive prison system which soaks American taxpayers 75,000 dollars per prisoner per year to house.

This utterly ill fated tactic has resulted in the release of a great number of violent offenders including the man in this article who should have remained in prison far longer than the time he served.

Countless non violent offenders, many of them rounded up under the guise of the political war on drugs are languishing in America's massive prison system for extremely long prison terms, many for the rest of their remaining life spans.

And yet in what appears to be a sick and twisted social experiment played upon the American people, violent offenders including sexual predators are routinely early released upon a unsuspecting American public where they predictably create chaos and mayhem.


Gerald Jolly   March 16th, 2010 8:15 pm ET

Castration, and the removal of the penis is the only solution and answer


A. Smith, Oregon   March 16th, 2010 9:07 pm ET

Repeat violent sex offenders recieving early release, and yet the same Republican lawmakers sentence non-violent drug offenders to the same prison sentencing as murders.

It appears entirely unfair, however it also appears the Republican lawmakers have a set agenda which is entirely contrary to the safety of the American public.

Releasing a known predator onto a unsuspecting public is absolutely certain to bring massive community support for more police officers, more public safety funding, larger and newer prisons. It is a money maker and a tactic that only a sick and deviant political party such as the Republican Party would employ in their War on Americans.


michael armstrong sr.   March 16th, 2010 9:09 pm ET

Gearld Jollys remedy is pretty sound .


jack   March 16th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

Keep these sicko repeat violent offenders in jail for life at hard labor. Release those who are in jail for victemless crimes. Two measures that would help tremendously and save court costs , law enforcement costs, and jailing costs. Now, we just need legislators with the courage to solve the problem.


michael armstrong sr.   March 16th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

We have a country protecting homosexuals and promoting sex change with this kind of attitude from our country this kind of thing is only going to get worst .


Lilarose in Oregon   March 16th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

Larry, I do not mean to sound cruel, but remember Chandra Levy? She was jogging in a remote park area. Murdered.

Girls and women should NOT walk or jog in remote places!!!! But even with the news showing rape and murder happens in these areas, girls and women still walk and jog in empty lots, parks, along remote bike trails. I personally know of a situation as I was nearby when it happened in Portland, Oregon.

WHY WHY WHY?????? Yes, we have a RIGHT to do these things, but we also have brains to not do it because of consequences!


Karen   March 16th, 2010 9:15 pm ET

Larry, I can only speak to the sex offenders that were in prison and released before the law went into effect about monitoring the offender. My uncle was released from prison after doing 8 years for rape. He was not to leave the state but was not registered anywhere. Of course he moved to a different state. No one knew. He is 70 years old now but still is molesting.
Larry I don't think anything can be done to these monsters to make them do anything. They will re offend. I still see the faces of the little kids he was close to 25 years after he molested me.
Something needs to be done for these people also.


Deb   March 16th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

My brother is in Virginia and was just released from prison in August as a tier 3 offender. He has spent his time as a homeless person and will be living in a tent somewhere in the Washington D>C> greater suburbia area as soon as the homeless shelter closes at the end of March. I am outraged he is not monitored closely. He wanders where he wants...what is wrong with the judicial system that they would put this man on the streets....it leaves me speechless.


michael armstrong sr.   March 16th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

Most men beleive that a women is an object that they dont have feelings or feel pain and this kind of thought touards women needs to change .


Brittany B   March 16th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

I think alorbmore monitoring should be done when it comes to sex offenders because of how many of them end up getting repeat offenses for the same crimes. If moreonitoring were done then it probably wouldn't happen as often.


robin   March 16th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

it would be great if anybody that has been guilty of being a predator...those people should have a computer chip inside their body~ so they r monitored..so no innocent child or adult will be hurt again!


Lilarose in Oregon   March 16th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

The most important thing we can teach our youngsters, both boys and girls, is how to avoid being in an abduction situation and some tricks (and there are some) on what to do if they are taken.

But we need to teach them to avoid those places where they can be snatched, such as public restrooms, especially in parks and remote areas. It takes just a second by a powerful person to silence a smaller child.

Kids need to be aware of what is going on around them. Remember the young teen girl who was wandering through a car wash lot paying no attention to what was going on around her? She was observed by camera as she was accosted by the father of FOUR who took her away to be raped and murdered.

We are not teaching our kids! We are afraid we will "scare" them, but what we really are doing is letting them down. Give it to them straight, parents!


Garret V.   March 16th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

The best method to stop sexual predators is castration. I'm aware that some think that is barbarack, but nothing else is working on repeat offenders. Castration makes total and complete sense . It punishes while removing the main drive to satisfaction sexualy and will always remind the offender of the consequences of what's been done. Registering and labeling sexual predators has not and continues not to be working.


jack   March 16th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

@Lilarose in Oregon...One should always use caution, however, if these people who clearly have committed violent sex offenses or sex abuse against children were locked up in farm prisons and made to produce they could be self supporting for their entire life sentences. The release of people in jail for victemless crimes could be take place immediately. That would provide plenty of room and absorb the costs for the one's who need to be there for a life sentence. There is no reason a decent person cannot go walking in a park or somewhere with fear of being raped, attacked or murdered. It is high time the LE got their priorities straight. Because of wrongheaded , misguided and failed policies , they continue to arrest many people who have done nothing more than possess cannabis, which over half the US population has admitted to using, including Presidents and memebers of Congress and people in all walks of life. The prohibition is causing much violence as well because, a weed that would cost pennies and could grow virtually anywhere is more valuable than gold , so cartels fight for selling rights, and the violence only gets worse. Witness Jaurez.


rita barry   March 16th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

hi larry i think these crimes are never going to stop so lets open up altraz and ship all these over there just send them over food keep them away from human suiety


michael armstrong sr.   March 16th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

I hate this crap with sex changes being broudcasted on T.V. and homosexuals being able to get married this all promotes an unstable mind .


Linda Cozze   March 16th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

CASTRATION (CHEMICAL OR SURGICAL) FOR SEX OFFENDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Geri   March 16th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

Jack, you have an excellent point. For a so-called progressive country we have a higher population of people in prison than any country around the world. As to those who promote castration, the desire is in the head, not the organ. There are many ways to harm someone besides physical penetration. I would imagine the rage of not being able to complete the desire in a physical manner would only lead to rage beyond description.


michael armstrong sr.   March 16th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

Go getem Barbra stop this nonesence its uncalled for and it should not be tollerated .


Lilarose in Oregon   March 16th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

Jack, I will NOT let my kids have their "right" to put themselves in jeopardy! And I am not condoning letting these monsters out of prison. Larry asked what we can do about this problem, and I said parents need to teach their children and women and girls need to use common sense. I hadn't said one word in the blog about letting anyone out of jail.

Also, men rape out of rage and hate, it is not a sexual drive. It is NOT out of passion like most people think. It is to hold power over a helpless person, that is why they choose young girls and teens for the most part. If they are castrated, they will just use an instrument instead because it is the humiliation and conquering of the victim they want, not sexual satisfaction.


Rick & Lil Simmons   March 16th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

Larry: Why are the Parole Boards & Judges not held accountable for their decision to release these offenders when they are released & commit crimes again???
Thanks.


michael armstrong sr.   March 16th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

My little girl had downs syndrom and my ex girlfriend had custody and she allowed a man to rape her at eight years old and the state of Texas turned him loose because was an illeagle .


jack   March 16th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

@ michael armstrong sr....I don't think most men feel that way at all. It's just that these dramatic brutal crimes by a small minority grab the headlines. The ones who commit violence against anyone should be locked away. The killers should be put away in a place where they must work rest of life to pay back public and victim's families. The public can quit wasting their tax money, and in fact make a lot of money for the tax reserves by legalizing , taxing and regulating gambling, prostitution and cannabis. Many thoughtful people from across the political spectrum have advocated these things, the lawmakers are too ill informed or timid to take the corrective measures.


Carolyn c. Hicks   March 16th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

With monsters like this there has to be an eye for an eye. show him no mercy as he has shown no mercy. He is an evil monster a monster.I am so so sick of these monsters getting by with murdering tortureing and doing dispicable things to children and getting let out to do it over and over again come on!!!!.All viscious filthy child molerters need to be executed end of story!


A. Smith, Oregon   March 16th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

American's bushwhacked by the horrific Republican party gives Trillions of dollars to Saudi Arabia, a country where Muslim women are routinely raped, tortured, and physically abused and CANNOT go to any court nor witness against any Muslim men that did that to them by themselves.

Turning a blind eye to Saudi Arabia and other Muslim ruled Middle Eastern country's is one thing but literally forcing American's to give these country's Trillions of American dollars is the goal of the Republican Party.


Roger   March 16th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

System is not working. As the program on the air, I tuned into the application on my iPhone and found there were about 30 Sex offenders around my house within 3 miles the most.

System has to be strengthen and the Federal Government should look into Castration of these animals sooner than later as these guys are time-bombs waiting to explode and damage good families and children.


jack   March 16th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

@Lilarose in Oregon..Yes, you should keep them safe. I was just advocating a way to make places a good deal safer, and not be a tax burden either. And I agree , castration is not a solution, and is barbaric , in it's own right. I am not against humane but forced labor for violent repeat criminals , however.


Hannah   March 16th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

I think if someone has been convicted of even 1 sexual assault they should have to remain in prison for the rest of their life. That way that person will never be able to reoffend. To me it doesn't matter if the assault was done to a child or adult...the prison sentence should be the same. The legal system is a joke. If you inform on someone even if you were involved in the crime you might get a lighter sentence!


Dennis Anderson   March 16th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

Mr King
It is very obvious the system failed to work in the death of Chelsea King.
Maybe rehibilitation does work in some cases, but we hear way too often when it does not work.
Maybe the system should be similar to the "innocent by reason of insantity" where the person charged needs to satisfy a TEAM of trained and skilled doctors and whomever before the person would be even eligible for a return to society. Even then, it should be after a minimum of 10+ years of confinement and treatment. Other option is to sentence all sexual criminals to life without parole. That would fix their wagons....
Cheers


Kel B n c-more, Ind   March 16th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

castration doesn't cure the sickness. psychology & medicine can't cure the sickness. Therefore we should eliminate the monsters with the sickness. plain n'simple.


jacobshepard   March 16th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

The term sex offender is so broad – what are the effect of these laws on the thousands of non-violent offenders that are on the list. Politicians will tell you "Throw the book at them" only to get re-elected – and they will rob all of us of our Constitutional Rights with their fear mongering.
Sex Offender laws in general are too harsh and for a small number such as this case – if in fact Gardner is guilty – they are too lax. But please remember that we have a Criminal Justice System to decide if he is in fact guilty.
Read "No Easy Answers" , get informed on the facts regarding the huge numbers of people who get a life time of punishement by being on the sex offender registry for Non-Violent crimes. Stop the crazy laws so we really can protect our children.


jack   March 16th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

@Geri...Well said, I agree with everything you said.


Pat   March 16th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

The answer to controlling violent sex offenders is simple. Prior to being released they must be castrated. Without testicles they should loose the desire to violate women. The alternative is life imprsionment or death.


A. Smith, Oregon   March 16th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

Should America treat sex offenders differently?

They already treat Sex Offenders differently, they are released earlier, they are isolated and protected in prison at great costs to the prison system. It's cheaper to release them so they are released, go figure!

And statistics show many continue their wave of chaos and mayhem after they are released, pouring fear into that community which in turn pours money into hiring new police officers, money into new police equipment and a blind eye by citizens if a police officer far exceeds their legal mandates.

The question should be Larry King, shouldn't Sex Offenders be treated the same as Violent Criminal offenders? YES, they should but thanks to Republican lawmakers, they are currently not.


Joyce   March 16th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

The legal system is broken. Castrate all convicted child molesters and rapists.


michael armstrong sr.   March 16th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

If theres no room then apply the death penelty .


Kathy Herman   March 16th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

These sick criminals should be castritated. Period!


A. Smith, Oregon   March 16th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

Larry King, why has US Justice Dept. under Bush-Cheney PROTECTED Christian Clergy that were convicted of raping and molesting children?

How many of those Christian Priest/Cardinal/Clergy serial pedophile rapists are serving life in prison?

NONE!


Paul Archer   March 16th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

South Carolina has the Sexual Violent Predator Act. After a sex offender, usually pedaphile or serial rapist finishes his sentence he can be civily comitted to a facility until a Psychiatrist says he can be released. He also has a right to Jury trial to have him committed if the State says he should be committed and his own Psychiatrist says no. A jury decides. He is evaluated every year to see if he should be released. It works great. I am surprised that nobody on King heard of such an Act. I am sure many States have the SVP ACT in place. The average stay is about 4 years of treament, some get out but most never do or takes until they are too old to harm anyone.


SO in PA   March 16th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

Rape is not a sex act. It is an act of violence period! The rape is simply the tool of control and humiliation! We need to educate both men and women. Men need to stand up. It's time they took the lead to stop this relentless assault on our girls, teens and women. Where is the outrage from men!? Or are they too guilty at some level and part of the problem? Look in the mirror and ask yourself!

Women need to be educated. Our world is dangerous and as unfair as it is we need to take extra steps to protect ourselves. This is priority one! We don't have the same rights to run, walk and live freely without fear of being attacked, raped and murdered.

Lastly, what these cowards fear the most is death. Until we start executing them, we may never see the tide turn on this horrific crime on women!


A. Smith, Oregon   March 16th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

Larry King, ask your guests Why did horrific Republican administration of Bush jr. instruct the US Justice Dept. to block US Courts demanding the Vatican be included in repaying US Court ordered monetary damages and fines to the child rape victims?


c a morrow   March 16th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

The only way to keep people who rape and kill children and women is to keep them in prison...for good....problem solved (on the most significant level).


Tom in Florida   March 16th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

There is no cure or rehabilitation for these predator animals that stalk and kill the children. Remove them from society forever, although the cost wil be phenominal. At least some innocent girl or young woman will be saved and be able to enjoy a full life. Perhaps someday the medical field may develop a way to disconnect these monster's side of the brain that controls this behavior and then realesed –they are not normal human beings. Right now prison, parole, probation, early release, court supervision, counseling or whatever name you want to put on it, is not working for these offenders and probably other violent offenders.


valerie siegman   March 16th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

Has any medical facility ever put these predators under MRI to assess brain function ?
Perhaps there could be some sort of organic brain dysfunction common in many of them ?
This could lead to effective neurological treatments in the future .


angela   March 16th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

I actually agree for once with Geragos about warehousing people in prison. For example, look at Nancy Grace's program, she is going after Misty Croslin of late and is breathing threats of a lifetime of prison for dealing a few pills. Thats not justice, what is it?


Gen   March 16th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

Look at how normal this guy looks. that is absolutely frightening. We do need to stop putting people in jail for stupid things like small time drug user and abuser. Then we can make more room for the pedophiles.


jack   March 16th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

Like Larry King's guest said far too much warehousing for petty crimes, while the violent pedophiles, rapists .armed robbers, and murderers cleverly game the system get out time and time again, and often their offenses escalate in violence. There are many violent rapes and other crimes that these people commit to each one they ever get caught and convicted for.


Kim   March 16th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

I am a mother of two girls ages 7 and 14. Both attended Chelsea's grade school and had the same kindergarten teacher. What we have in place right now is not working. they are animals tag them with GPS so we always know there movements. I want to do everything possible to enforce/pass laws to track these monsters they know how to get around the rules/laws in place right now. Look at how long Garrido was under the radar.


Maddie   March 16th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

It doesn't work at all. I've seen a wanted sex offender living in the same address he has on file and no one has been going to arrest him; when I told a police officer he told me to call the "non-emergency" number for the county.

Sexual offenders should been given death penalty. I seriously don't think they will ever change. We have seen lately many examples of that, Garrido and such.


Kel B n c-more, Ind   March 16th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

you all don't get it, do you. I was sexually molested by an uncle. My little sister got the same thing when she got to be the age that really turned him on. He molested his son's girlfriend when she was a young teen. She married the son. Now she has 2 daughters who spend alot of time with the monster. It goes on and on...even after the monster finally dies of old age (since the judicial system won't do anything about him....maybe because we're all too scared-still-to talk about what he did). Don't let the predators continue to DESTROY our children's lives. I still haven't had what you'd call a normal relationship with a man. Too much damage done. My life will never be even close to normal even with the help of all the drugs my doctors give me to keep me "happy" and "non-violent". Eliminate the monsters. Don't let them near another child!


Paul Archer   March 16th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

South Carolina has the Sexual Violent Predator Act whereby a serial rapist or pedaphile can be civilly committed after his sentence is complete. The person does not go home but to a facility until the State's Psychiatrist says he can or if a Jury says he can. The average stay is years and some never get out. I am sure other States have such an ACT. I am surprised nobody on King knew of the SVP ACT which many States have. They don't get out.


Sylvia Owen   March 16th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

Mark has it right about the big picture. in Mississippi we have minor drug offenders serving mandatory 60 (sixty) year terms taking up space that should be reserved for sexual predators.


lorean   March 16th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

Why are these sexual predators given mandatory castrations , chemical or otherwise, after the first or second offense?

Why are they not made to live in a compound where we can keep track of them upon release?


michael armstrong sr.   March 16th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

Kel this was no monster but the Devil himself may God bless you .


jack   March 16th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

The legislators are going to keep this lame system going until we urge them to change law enforcement priorities and begin judicial sentencing reforms. Stop prosecuting victemless crimes and crowding the jails and wasting our taxes, while these violent creeps are released to work their evils. Everyone should be sick of this by now.


jacobshepard   March 16th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

There is NO MONEY to monitor the 700,000 people who are on the Registry nationwide. The numbers on the list will only grow in the next few years – the registry isn't working.
In general, recidivism for Sex Offenses (to use a broad term) is less than 3%.
Mark Garagos is right – the registry was intended for PREDATORS – not for non-violent offenders. AND – each case should be looked at individually. The current Federal system has mandatory minimum snetences for Stupid stuff. A man was just sentenced in Kansas City for taking a photo of a fully clothed girl and using PhotoShop to make her nude. HE GOT 20 YEARS!!!!!! Stop the crazy laws and stop the Registry for non-violent offenders.


Nik   March 16th, 2010 10:08 pm ET

for crimes against Adults

1st offense – castration
2nd offense – removal of genitalia
3rd offense – Death...

for crimes against Children
DEATH...


Mel   March 16th, 2010 10:11 pm ET

This is a very hot topic that many individuals are ignorant about because individuals only hear pieces of a very large picture. I am a sexual offender therapist. The majority of sexual offenders abuse people that they know. They are not strangers. They are abusing their sisters, cousins, family friends, and other close family members. They use this trust and familiarity to manipulate their victims. Additionally, the rate at which sexual offenders re offend is among one of the lowest rates, in comparison to other types of criminals. The majority of sexual offenders can change with sexual offender treatment and have low rates of re offending around 5% compared to the average 40-50% of other criminals. The residency restrictions placed on sexual offenders ACTUALLY INCREASE a sexual offenders rate to re offend because they make it very hard for them to find housing, a job, and have contact with their support systems (proven in research). Also, please understand that there are many different types of sexual offenders. When talking about sexual offenders who are diagnosed as pedophiles, they are a different class of offenders and need even more specialized treatment to change their beliefs and thinking to change. Lastly, individuals should know more facts proven in research before they make assumptions and judgments that have the potential to negatively affect the situation and contribute inadvertently to higher crime levels.


Nana in CA   March 16th, 2010 10:11 pm ET

Castration is not the answer. This is a crime of power. They will use props broom sticks, branches or whatever is at hand. And do not forget that there are also female predators. If you go to the wonderful sire of Family watchdog and enter your address you will be surprised at how many sex offenders and rapist live in your neighborhood. Within a mile of where my grandchildren live there are at least 50 predators. Several live on the next block. I would not have known this if it wasn't for Family Watchdog. It looks like a very nice and quite neighborhood. My oldest grandchild now knows where they live and what they look like. It is a shame we now live looking over our shoulders but that is because of our lax laws. This is a crime of premeditation and it should be tried as such.


E.Donohue, Rockaway   March 16th, 2010 10:14 pm ET

An American citizen are protected under the constitution. People have a right to treatment and rehabilitation. Who said that Pedophillia is untreatable and they should be put away for the rest of their lives? It is sad when our leaders go on television with these grieving parents and use that in order to formulate a reason gain more control of our freedoms. This predator should have never been allowed out in the first place was he deemed criminal or was he deemed ill? This is important. If he has done his time judged as a criminal, he has paid his bill to society and is set free. That is how our penal system works. If he be deemed ill by the appropriate physians and the court rules his as a person in need of supervision, it is up to the doctor to determine if he has been rehabilted to the extent he is fit to reenter society and a hearing ensues. We don't have a perfect system, but that doesn't mean our sentators and representatives go and trepass on the very constituionals rights of your citizens that you were sent to Washington to protect. Unfortunately, our constitutional rights are dissappearing more and more every day with the encroaching laws against our freedoms. That is what happens when lawyers who are sworn (under oath, not a formality) into the Judiciary branch of government and are now holding office in the legislature. This in itself is unconstitutional. Any law made saying that they can be in congress while admitted to practice in the judicary is unconstitutional because they made them.


Cathy Lynn Littrell   March 16th, 2010 10:14 pm ET

This is outrageous, that these men are put back on the streets. They should be put to death, so they can't Kill and Rape again. I was raped at 17 in the summer of 1973, I was a virgin. I didn't report it, but I wish I would have. I blamed myself. It was 4 guy's from Westland, Michigan. They took me from my job in Livonia, Michigan, into a wooded area of Northville, Michigan. It changed my whole life, and to this day, I still cry about it. The laws have to change...NOW!! Girls and boy's, don't be afraid to go to the police. Please, please, report it as soon as possible, get help.


jack   March 16th, 2010 10:31 pm ET

@valerie siegman...Why waste tax money on a series of expensive brain tests? We got room for violent predators and violent criminals of all types, , just release the victemless "criminals" and we got lots of room for those who have harmed people. I am not talking about all people who may be on a sex offendor list for some rather innocuous arrest, but fairly convicted violent predators. Make them do some hard labor , instead of pampering them. That can be good therapy, and may deter other would be sadists from crossing the line. If especially heinous violent crimes, or first degree murders are involved keep them in for life. That way they will not prey on another regular citizen.


Lorena Hayes   March 16th, 2010 10:42 pm ET

My daughters were born in 97 & 99. They were both molested by their older sister.( The sister was 10 and out of the state for over a year when I found out what happened.) I didn't find out until they were 3 & 5. My older daughter let us know in Nov 08 that their father did it, too. We reported it to her counselor and the local authorities. Their dad is fleeing prosecution in Florida for violating a domestic violence order here in North Carolina. The investigation was completed and the detective wanted to push the issue. The district attorney didn't. They said that he wasn't considered a threat to my girls. His daughter,who molested my girls, was 17 and had a child of her own,was living with the man who molested her. The authorities here and in Florida were aware of this and did nothing.
My mind is full of questions and confusion. My heart is broken for all four of the kids that he ruined.(His grand daughter was also molested at the same time.She was 6 at the time.Now she is 14.) Are there federal laws that can override state laws concernig these charges? Not only were these kids raped by their family members, they have been raped by the system.Is it too late for them to have justice? They all have been diagnosed with PTSD and other mental health issues. My girls have night terrors nightly and are falling behind in school.Is there another process to go through to protect the rights of these girls? Is there a statute of limitations for the crime that he committed? Is there an organization to help me answer these questions? Can someone let me know if this is worth wanting to persue? Am I crazy for being this upset? I just feel that these kids are told to tell an adult when something like this happens,WHY? The adults that they tell can't do anything but report it.Thats the law set up to protect children. The law does nothing to let these kids know that what was done to them was wrong. Then,in turn,if the kids molest another child, the state can step in and take the kids out of the home.NOT OUR CASE, Thank God.Where's the healing in that? It's really hard for my oldest to focus on anything. The main thing she focuses on is, "Where is he? Is he going to come into the school and take me? Why didn't they stop him? Are they going to stop him? Is anybody watching him to make sure he isn't doing it to anybody else?" These are a few questions that she asks. I have kept them safe,but I can't ease her mind.How long do they have to go on with this mental hell and fear?
I don't talk openly about this. Our whole family is disgusted and disappointed in the system. Everybody, even the detective on that case, can't believe that it was dropped. I know if he was a teacher or a coach he would've been slaughtered by the District Attorney within 24 hours of the report.
Any feedback would be helpful.I appreciate your time.
Thank You,
Lorena Hayes
Candler,NC


Nana in CA   March 16th, 2010 10:50 pm ET

As a person raised Catholic, and as a mother whose sex offender was taken to a Priest (instead of to the police) and forgiven for his sins. By my ex-husband, his brother. I now have lived with the guilt for over 16 years that my ex-brother-in-law probably has had more victims. He has never married and lives alone. I say put them all to death.


Esprit64   March 16th, 2010 11:43 pm ET

Are we out of our minds? Victims and public safety are first and foremost the only priorities any judicial system should have when sex predators are concerned. I can no longer tolerate authorities playing rape roulette by exposing innocent people to dangerous predators by routinely releasing predators to our city streets. Such practices are outrageous and offends reasonable people.

Sex registration is ridiculous. So are any 200' rules that distance predators from schools, etc. These are all bandaid responses to a most serious problem. Such nonsense is created by politicians to placate the public–there are special interests they must serve–sex predators should not, cannot be on public streets.

The present problem with sex predators is that our judicial system serves itself and NOT the victims, NOT public safety. Prisons are filled so our judiciary dances around sentencing. Dockets are filled, so it dances around parole. Judges, lawyers, social workers, parole officers, court clerks, sex offender monitors–the list is endless–all want their fees, all want to get paid–so it is in their best interest to keep the present broken revolving-door system for processing repeating sex predators going!

And what is this other nonsense of creating laws to stop sex predators from hurting children? Why limited to children? What politics is behind this stupidity? Rape is an abomination to whoever is victimized by it. What of the elderly/disabled raped in nursing homes? In group homes? Adults in back alleys. Teenagers on a bad date? They're not a child–so their rape isn't offensive?

What are we doing here? No criminal should be walking city streets. That's why authorities exist–to identify, process and jail those who they well know will likely cause other people harm.

It's time we held our politicians to accountability–and demand they stop playing games with our lives. Chelsea would be living today if the system operated in accordance with existing laws. It doesn't–and it's more than past time for reasonable people to demand sanity be returned to this sex predator issue–and deal with them as they danger they are.


ricardo rausseo   March 17th, 2010 12:17 am ET

Please everyone listen...."FORCED LABOR", let's try that eh??


mg   March 17th, 2010 12:26 am ET

A. Smith – The issues can be separated. Some clear imprisonment options for the violent sexual offender have been offered. But the surest measure is the sentence for the "Dating Game" killer, this should be carried out in this case and in a very short time frame.


Cynder Moon   March 17th, 2010 12:31 am ET

He most likely is a christian. That's the only way he can justify what he's done. eeeewwwww again !!!


Alex, Florida   March 17th, 2010 12:31 am ET

The present law is very very weak to give a chance to the bad person to hurt good person. If the law is not for good person side, one day if the good person will ture over the persent law, the law is nothing.

I have 2 daughters. If those kind of person hurt my kid, the only thing I want to said is that " you can live in the jail forever, or go out ot die "


Dora Mayorga   March 17th, 2010 12:34 am ET

It should have been obvious long ago that monitoring is not working believing a sex offender has been rehabilitated is absolutely ignorant. How many young boys did Corell kill in Houston T x ,was it in the 80's and didn"t he torture, rape, kill and bury 26 to 27 runaways. when it was all said and done shot himself. Here we are 2010 and still believe these animals can be rehabilitated - what is it your guest just said a dog is put to death for biting! Sex offenders needs to be locked away or put to death .... enough is enough....


Dora Mayorga   March 17th, 2010 12:48 am ET

What does the Comment from Cynder Moon mean? "He most likely is a christian. That's theo nly way he can justify what he's done. eeeewwwww again !!!"


HARRY   March 17th, 2010 12:51 am ET

BLEEDING HEART LIBERAL ARE RUINING THIS COUNTRY. THE PEOPLE WHO PREY ON KIDS ARE NOT ONLY SICK BUT THEY ARE CRAZY AND SHOULD BE PUT AWAY FOR A LIFE TIME. THEY ALSO SHOULD BE CATRATED AS A PUNISHMENT. WE KILL AN ANIMAL THAT ATTACKS A HUMAN BEING. SO WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE? WE ARE WAY TOO SOFT ON CRIME. VISIT A PRISON AND TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE........I HAVE AND IT ISN'T GOOD! WE NEED TO CLEAR THE STREETS OF THESE DEVIATES NOW!


Dostoevsky   March 17th, 2010 12:51 am ET

The strain on the prison system only points towards the need to use the death penalty (where available) on child molesters.


Ruth Shlachter   March 17th, 2010 12:58 am ET

Nothing has been done aabout sex offenders to satisy anyone
in our country. When I was 7 yrs,(I am 87 yrs. old now. Walking in the
that many years ago<Running ahaead of my mother, a man appro-
ched me and quick pulled my panties down. I sacareamed very
hartily and my mother screamed as there was a park police man nearby, who grabbed the man. We all went to the police station
and were questioned we were told to leave and so was the man.
When my Father went to the authjorities to complain and even with
the man leaving name address –my father found the man was left
go. We all were astounded that nothing was done, and still after
all these years, not much hasimproved.
Suncerely Yours, Ruth Shlachter


William   March 17th, 2010 1:01 am ET

No the system is not working in my opinion all sex offenders sould be microchipped for life and not allowed to move from place to place....ALL
Pediphiles sould go to prison for life without parole..if not put to death no questions asked, no right to appeal after appeal. You commit the act your done. Lets put some major fear in these BASTARDS.


Ms. Edwards   March 17th, 2010 1:03 am ET

It is unfair for a sex predator to receive a minimum sentence to be released back into society to take the innocence of a child. Most of the time these sick individuals are put back into the homes of their parents who has been in the same community for years where many children run and play who are not aware of who there neighbor really is. When you compare it to the time that is given for other crimes, such as drug charges they (drug dealers) are given harsher sentences when it is a person's choice to use drugs. We are no longer in the era where you have dope pushers to persuade people to use drugs. In this day and time people use by choice. However, no child goes outside to play, gets off the bus with other children or wakes up in the middle of the night and decides that they want someone to unwillingly take their innocence. It needs to be put to a stop and soon because it is unfair for an innocent child to endure such lifelong pain.


Rick Campbell   March 17th, 2010 1:14 am ET

Here it is folks, the real truth from someone who knows. The police work their butts off to catch these freaks and the prosecutors offer them plea deals. I am a police officer in San Diego county so I know what I'm talking about. 99% of the people my partners and I arrest are offered deals by the prosecution, no matter how many witnesses are more than willing to testify. God forbid if the crook is on parole when we catch them. In that case, the D.A. usually drops the new charges and simply lets the parole department give them a couple month violation. Even when the new crimes are violent in nature! Somebody needs to do an investigation into why the D.A.'s in San Diego ALWAYS offer deals.


Lynne Miller   March 17th, 2010 1:16 am ET

THESE DEATHS COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED!! THE SYSTEM IS BOGGED DOWN BY PAPER! Yes! PAPER! WE HAVE FAILED THE CHILDREN! In a completely information-rich, on-line society, how could we rely on a "paper check"? Can you believe this? Larry, shame on some of your "phony" guests! Sue the cops? Are you crazy? Robin Sacks – "Hold judges and cops accountable"? OMG! They arrest these creeps and then who lets them back on the streets? Castrate, incarcerate, or legally kill every dangerous sex offender! Our children deserve our protection! They should be able to jog down the street and feel safe. If not, we are a total failure as a society!

My father, a cop, believed me 40 years ago when I told him my teacher was sexually abusing me and all the other girls in town! He drug the male teacher's ass from school and arrested him! BRAVO! This creep was everyone's "favorite teacher"! Typical! The amazing thing about all of this is that at age 8, I had to testify about what happened. The Defense Attorney grilled me until I was so scared and upset that I could barely talk! The trial was a hung jury and the guy went free. My dad had to endure an obnoxious article in the newspaper about "the bad cop" who drug the "great teacher from the school." Sadly, the author of the article later apologized to my father because the creep offended again and was caught again! How sad!

Years later, I learned that the creep in question was finally caught and prosecuted! Can you imagine how many childrenthis predator ruined during 20 more years of abuse?

We need to make this a priority! Our children deserve to be protected and safe.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   March 17th, 2010 2:01 am ET

@SO in PA March 16th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

Well-said.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   March 17th, 2010 2:24 am ET

Yes, use hard labour as punishment. Yes, use the ball and chain and let them go around and pick up all the rubbish off the streets. instead of letting them free on the streets.

Or maybe it is time for....... if you take a life,........ maybe your life should be taken in return. It's not an easy one.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   March 17th, 2010 2:27 am ET

That chap looks scary in the picture. It's in the eyes.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   March 17th, 2010 2:35 am ET

@Rick Campbell March 17th, 2010 1:14 am ET

This is outrageous. Unbelievable really. Yes. (big sigh)

The laws an ass.


Wade from San Diego   March 17th, 2010 2:46 am ET

Candice Moncayo I think you are completely full of it!
This story REAKS of bandwagon jumping capitalism! None of your story or the way you stated your claim makes sense. You were held down and shaken? ... but then somehow you wielded your elbow and "bashed" your assailant in the face? ... wow... impressive ... you overpowered someone that has well over 100lbs more muscle than you do from the ground even! ... wow ... sorry ... NOT believable. To make it even more unbelievable, you went running the next day with a pit bull? ... come ON! ... work on your story next time before you go "LIVE"
Shame on you Candice for capitalizing on some poor family's grief for your personal gain.
We don't believe you!


Rohit Shah   March 17th, 2010 3:27 am ET

sex offenders have urge to do it and we send them to jail.
Old time,they put a mask on criminal,Hitler put numbers on Jews to identify them(Not nice)
why not put a tatto on cheeks and forhead,which can be seen by all and checked by police so they cannot remove.
They may wear a hat to hide it,so on cheeks.
The criminals dont have much to resist tatoo once caught.


Fabiola Ayala   March 17th, 2010 3:29 am ET

It actually a reality that the sex offender law isnt working and that a fact. Someone maybe our president should add this to his agenda and crackdown on these criminals,instead of meeting all these celebrities(beyonce, shakira, the laker). one idea is for all sex offender should wear ankle braclets,they should be treated like if they were on parole or worse,because these are our children. What happen to "our children are the furture". also the wedsite to find these creeps "what is it? " they are so many most of you have to pay they should also work on that. Just like the 3 strikes law should also applied to sex offender.


angie   March 17th, 2010 3:56 am ET

I fell being a child of that crime ALL child sex offenders and serial rapist should be castrated male and female and life in prision children can not make those types of decission or defend themselves it's not fair to them


Jane   March 17th, 2010 4:06 am ET

Sexual predators don't 'molest' children, they violently rape children.
Saying that they molest a child is no where near what they do...why is this word used rather than saying they have violated a child?? The child is damaged internally, and emotionally tramatized for life.
Devil's Island would be a great place to send these people to live out their lives in total misery for what they have done!!
I was a victim at the age of 5 and believe me, victims suffer for the rest of their life. One cannot forget, but go on and make sure the laws
change and these inhuman beings are put away where they cannot do this ever again.
67 years old and never shall I forget, it's impossible and only those
who have been violated understand.


Jeanneke Janssen   March 17th, 2010 5:19 am ET

Sex offenders should be castrated, they will never stop otherwise


Jeanneke Janssen   March 17th, 2010 5:23 am ET

Why moderate this comment, castration is the only cure !


Anonymous2u   March 17th, 2010 5:30 am ET

People think that criminals "get help" in jail or prison. Not true. All it does is put them in a box. There's no rehab there.

I like the microchip idea, but it's not preventative enough. Catching them after the fact is way too late.

Given the nature of the crime, it seems to me that the schools would have the best chance of catching predators. (Not the abductors...that's a different case. I will tell you what I know about that and come back to the schools.)

I was abducted as a child. I can tell you what happened. I lived to tell about it so maybe it will help someone else.

A very dear friend of our family took her daughter and I to a baseball game in Sioux Falls, SD. It wasn't my game. I was just waiting for my friend to get done. There was a Sears store near the park, and they had sporting goods just inside the back door and I wanted to go look at stuff. I was just waiting for her and I was bored. There was also a swimming pool there. So...it was a very high traffic area. On the way to that store, a car drove by with two black guys in a bright yellow corvette. It was South Dakota. We didn't have black people in South Dakota back then. All I could think of was not to be prejudiced. They asked me how to get to a bar. I heard about that bar from some kids on the bus and I knew that it had moved up the hill on the same road. (I wasn't old enough to go to bars or know anything about them, but it was on the way to my Grandma's house so I had seen it before.) I told them that I thought it moved up the hill...on the same road. They asked me if I would show them. (All I could think of was not to be prejudice to black people. I was too young to question why these two had a brand new corvette.) They pleaded. I said that they have to bring me back. They said OK. I went with them, but stopped to smoke a joint first. I was too young to know what pot was, but sat there with them while they smoked it (bored). They asked me if I wanted to smoke it. I said no. Then they wanted to go. So, I was going to show them where it was. But, they didn't go where I told them to go. Instead, they drove a different way. Unbeknownst to them, they were driving toward my home. I actually saw my mother driving into town. I was scared at that point because they didn't go where I told them to go. But, I didn't want to get into trouble with my mom so I ducked a little bit so she wouldn't see me (think of that...kids don't think like adults). A Policeman drove by, and I wanted to leap up and draw attention (like a bright yellow corvette with two black people and me wedged in the middle...it's not a very big car for three people wouldn't attract attention in Sioux Falls, SD). The Policeman glanced, but probably thought the same thing that I did...don't be prejudiced to black people. Anyway, when I think back about it...I had two chances to flag people down, but as a kid I didn't. I sort of hid because I was afraid that I was in trouble. And I was, but not with them. They kept driving out into the country. I said, "You aren't going where I told you to go." I noticed that they were starting to act different (pot kicking in). They drove out into the country into a corn field. It happened to be my neighbors field...again, they wouldn't know that, but these people had kids in my class. I wasn't real close with them, but I certainly knew them (another chance where I could have escaped, but didn't). Kids don't think like we do. All I could think of was how much trouble I would be in. The spun rosies in the field for a while (did they really own that brand new corvette?), and stopped. One asked me if I would go with his friend for $20. All I could think of then is, "this must be what a proposition is". His friend looked a little shocked. They weren't very old. Much older than I was, but still not very old. I think he was loaded, but I didn't know what that even was back then. I said no. I said, "You said you would take me back." He took me back. Nothing else happened. I went back to the baseball game and never told anyone. I have no idea where they went...probably to the bar. They told me they were from Chicago. I have no idea really. But...I think about that sometimes. Because I was fortunate...and I know people that weren't as fortunate as I was that time. I don't know if I would have caused alarm if I did try to escape or call attention to myself. Maybe things would have been different if I did anything different. I knew that I was in a precarious situation. Quite honestly...I didn't have a clue about sex back then. I wouldn't have known anything about what to do. I saw Doris Day movies, but I really wouldn't have known anything about sex. I was too young. To their credit...they did take me back...and I didn't have to do anything sexual. But, my point is...kids don't think like we do. They are more concerned about getting into trouble at that age.

OK, back to schools. I was raped by three boys in high school (1972), and I had a very difficult time telling. That particular case was worse because a young man that tried to make them stop died suddenly a few days later and I never believed the cause of death for him. I saw him confront one of the rapists in the hallway, and they exchanged words...that sounded more like there was going to be a fight after school or something...and he was dead the next day. I asked around, but I was told that he died of an aneurysm. I never believed it. (I suffered, but in silence.)

Many years later, I asked a counselor why schools don't have some type of intervention process...some way for kids to get help. They said that childhood sexual abuse often involves families and they don't want to get involved in that. My case didn't involve my family, it was severe enough that it would have been more than I would have been able to handle...even today. (To this day, I have a hard time with the imagery of myself being in that situation. It completely grosses me out. I can't understand for the life of me how boys could do that. I understand now...that it's more boys vicariously having sex with each other. I just happened to bein the wrong place at the wrong time...and that fits. I did NOTHING to provoke this...nothing.) My biggest fear was that it would be in the paper. I thought my Dad would kill them. My Grandpa read the paper every day. It never seemed right. I didn't want my Grandoa to have to read in the paper that my Dad to go to jail for killing these three boys and/or their parents for raping me. They didn't think very highly of women back then. It just seemed like any way that I looked at it...it was going to turn into a worse deal for me. I never told. But, I also realize that they got away with a crime just short of murder and in many ways, the equivalent to murder. My life changed. I avoided school. The school wasn't that supportive of women to start with, but I was creeped out by the boys there and at that point, I didn't know who knew and what people thought...and who thought what...or if anybody even knew. I just didn't know what people knew. BUT...I lost high school there...and that was significant. School was always important to me (schools weren't supporting women very well back then...so there was almost no support system there anyway). I had to make up what I lost in high school in college. And I had to pay for it myself. It was VERY EXPENSIVE...about $135,000. (I had a very difficult time making up my math track in particular. It builds and you miss too much if you miss high school.) I'm not the one that was bad, but I'm the one that paid for it. I'm here to tell you that it doesn't work. I didn't think anyone would help me so I just plugged forward. My relationships with men were definitely messed up. To this day, my whole life is shaped by fear of men. I don't feel safe enough to go outside. My health suffers for that.

So, after surviving for about 38 years, this is what I have learned. As far as I can tell...it has something to do with patriarchy. It's when boys are taught that they are worth more than girls (or men are taught that they are over women and children, and even other men...extends to race as well...any time one group is taught that they are worth more than another group). Carol Gilligans work has helped me the most to date. I think every school needs some type of PTSD training. Kids go through so much. If they could have gotten me back on the right track sooner, it would have saved me a LOT of money. As it is now...I don't see being able to pay off my own student loans, much less put my son through college...so it had a huge net effect on my family. Kids deal with so much, so young. It's trauma. There's a LOT to write here, but it takes a lot of space. There's another book, Transforming A Rape Culture, that's worth reading. BUT, I think understanding what Carol Gilligan is saying in her book, In A Different Voice, or The Birth of Pleasure, or The Deepening Darkness...gave me the most solid foundation on how we are teaching our boys and girls wrong. It is a disservice to both genders. Not one over the other...both are significant and need to be heard, supported, and protected. This stuff happens to boys also. Remember that. And very young for them also.

I didn't get help until after I graduated from college and had a job with insurance that paid for mental health. That's way too late. I feel like my life is just about over and I finally got help. Rapists messed up my whole life. Too much to write here, but it was a lifetime of hell. I wonder sometimes if it would have been better for me if I died right there...it would have been less painful. I lived to tell about it, but there's an incredible amount of pain involved with that. I hope it helps someone else. We are not protecting our kids. The systems simply aren't there to help kids. Kids don't think like adults. They will protect themselves...it's just not how you expect as an adult. Kids have to live within the confines of adults. That's not as straightforward as it sounds.

Jails and prisons don't rehab people. They just put people in a box. I suspect that I ran into sociopaths very young in life, and I don't think there's anything anyone can do about that. Yes, they should be in a box. Personally, I think they should pay for what I lost in life, but I don't think the world works that way. And when I look back...the dollar amount of the damage would would be astronomical. It would have been better for me if the schools would have been able to catch it earlier, but I know that wouldn't have happened back then. It was a different time.


Anonymous2u   March 17th, 2010 5:49 am ET

I don't think poorly of black people. Those were the first black people that I ever saw. They took me back. I didn't get into trouble. It was a different time. They weren't the worst people I ever met. I met worse and they were white. Not about race...at all. Just how a kid reacts.


Allen Higginbotham   March 17th, 2010 5:55 am ET

TO THE PARENTS OF THESE VICTIMS(Chelsea King.,Candice Moncayo,Amber Dubois ect) YOU SAY YOU NEED MORE EDUCATION??DON´T THESE VICTIMS HAVE ANY RIGHTS?WHY DO CRIMINALS HAVE MORE RIGHTS THAN THIER VICTIMS?
these criminals should not deserve parole ever!

1)There are over 200,000 victims of violent crimes against children every year IN THE USA

2)Doctors will tell you there IS NO CURE FOR A Pedofile except eliminate the sex drive ,
CASTRATION IS ONE ANWSER even then the sick thoughts remain, but they are unable to have sex.

3)No convicted Pedofile should ever be let out of prison !

4)Voluntary Castration should be the ONLY way a person convicted of crimes against minors is released from incarceration.


Jeronimo   March 17th, 2010 6:08 am ET

Larry, Mark Garagos talked about not warehousing those criminals caught with a few ounzes of crack, etc. I understand that he is addressing the large prison population. However, the crimes he mentioned are not "minor" crimes. Please look at what is going on in Mexico because of these "minor" criminals. I don't propose this, but countries like Singapore or Saudi Arabia don't have the drug issues that the U.S. is causing Mexico – they execute drug dealers / smugglers.

The U.S. propensity to use drugs causes great deal of crime. I know that filling the prisons with drug possession criminals causes problems as well. His focus was on harm being done to children, which is of course a major concern, but let's not minimize damage done to so many, including children, wifes, and husbands by our casual dismissal of drug usage.


Anonymous2u   March 17th, 2010 6:22 am ET

To the policymakers there: Yes, it does appear to happen more often to kids. I never encountered weird people when I was an adult. Only when I was a kid. Pedophiles are attracted to children as a sexual preference. That's a problem.

You think a lot of things when you have survived for 38 years. One thing that I have noticed about myself is that although I am free to walk around and such...it feels more like being in prison of sorts because I am so heavily bounded by fear that I can't move freely through society as I would if I hadn't encountered rapists. I have high security needs. And it keeps me from doing things, but also from positions at work where I would have to deal with many men...I would rather just avoid them. I had to learn a LOT (on my own...I didn't really have much help) before I could deal with that effectively. I would have a hard time in a company for example. I could function, but I had pretty strong avoidance patterns. Nobody would outwardly notice. It's more subtle than that. But, its definitely there. That's a struggle for me. It's wrong.


Peter Dion   March 17th, 2010 6:24 am ET

Hi,
a few comments from England.
1/ it costs a lot to keep a monster on death row for 20, 30 years. Compare that with the Arab treatment of Sadam Hussein! 30 days after conviction he was executed.
2/ ankle bracelets show that electronics can supply a solution. A sensor can be injected into a muscle that can monitor arousal eg. amount of testosteron in the blood, blood flow to penis, etc. this can trigger an aversion treatment eg. a taser like mechanism to put the monster out of action thus allowing an intended victim the chance to escape.
3/ officials shhould have their protection removed and any official guilty of releasing a monster should be treated as an accesory should the monster commit another crime. This would cause officials to think twice before releasing a monster.


Anonymous2u   March 17th, 2010 6:29 am ET

A classmate was raped and killed by a security guard. She was selling Bibles door to door in Oklahoma City right out of high school. All I can think of is how NOT PREPARED we were for what we ran into so early in life.


Shelomith Stow   March 17th, 2010 9:35 am ET

The system doesn't work and dangerous predators are reoffending because people with misdemeanor, consensual, non -contact, and non -violent offenses are added to the registry by the hundreds daily.
Law enforcement resources cannot possibly be effective in these circumstances. Only the violent predators should be on the registry. Everyhone else should be handled in juvenile court, misdemeanor court, whatever is appropriate for their age and offense; they should not be given the label of sex offender nor put on a sex offense registry. When the only people on the registry are the dangerous ones, the registry will be a useful tool and law enforcement can do its job.


Theresa   March 17th, 2010 10:57 am ET

To have a young man's name on a sex offender's list if he has consensual sexual intercourse with his 15 or 16 yr. old girlfriend is absolutely disgusting. Also,if young people are texting nude pics of themselves & some other person puts the pics oon the internet to see, the person who sent the pics of themselves can be charged for sending child pornograhy is the put on the registered sex offenders list. This is also an abuse for having the list' The registered sex offenders list should be for the true sex offenders . If convicted they should never be given a 2nd chance out of prison. Once is more than enough. The victim ...if she has survived will have a difficult future with all the trauma they have endured. People speak of their constitutional rights....they have a constitutional right to be awarded legal counsel & a fair trial. That's it. They gave up all other constitutional rights when they sexually offended the victim, and in prison they should stay for the rest of their lives. If people who are in person for possession of a small am't. of marijuana,they should be released...then there would be sufficient room for the authentic criminal!!


Jane   March 17th, 2010 1:40 pm ET

Since laws vary from State to State when it comes to sex offenders,
a federal law should be enacted to those who violate our children!
This way when the sex offender goes to another state to escape the
laws, the punishment is the same!!

There should be no time limit i.e. statutory laws to protect sex offenders.

Our small town has the same number of sex offenders of children
compaired to the city I grew up in, frightening fact!!


Dodie   March 17th, 2010 2:13 pm ET

@ Theresa

In my state, people are not placed on the sex offender's list until there has been an investigation which renders conclusive. Even with unsubstantiated cases, the person's name and identification remains in a specific software, out of Washington DC not available for police or other agencies except the FBI.


kristy   March 17th, 2010 2:29 pm ET

I know someone who is a registered sex offender. This situation happened during high school she was 15 and he was 18. He got charged with Unlawfull Sexual Conduct with a minor. He has been registering for over 10 years. He gets classified to the public as the same as that monster that raped and murdered women and childeren.Well he is not a monster. He has too pay for sex offenders who are violent and should not be out into the public. These preditors make those in my friends situation look bad. I blame the law makers who let preditors out. But there is a huge difference between a preditor and a orianted sex offender.


Dodie   March 17th, 2010 3:19 pm ET

@ kristy

It is very unfortunate some states will prosecute to this level. In my state, there needs to be a 5 year difference between ages before a criminal investigation would be even addressed. Worst case scenario is a DOJ letter that places the person on the list for 5-10 years. Once that time has passed and no new cases, it is automatically erased. The individual also has the right to challenge the investigation. More times than not, the DOJ letter is rescinded . In order to be placed on a sex offenders list in my state, there has to be preponderance of the evidence. No question, No doubt ....like DNA. No system is perfect. To error is a human condition.


Cajazz76:24:8   March 17th, 2010 4:44 pm ET

@Anonymous2u

I was bouncing through this blog and read your's very carefully. There is so much you have said and you said it from a very wounded head and heart.
I wish you would have had the required support needed back then. It may not have changed your suffering knowing they were prosecuted, but it may have warned off a few other's.

I am well aware more sexual assaults go unreported than will ever be known and prosecuted. The ratio would astound everyone.

I wish your story would enlighten many more than read these blog's. I encourage you to submit it to every forum relating to abuse you can find.

I wish you the best and will forever remember what you blogged here. My sincere good wishes for you..and thank you so very much on behalf of everyone who read your experience and did not comment.. So many are too shocked to even do that...for that I am equally sorry...for them.


Jane   March 17th, 2010 5:55 pm ET

Bless you anonymous 2 for writing me....I did get help later on, but the damage is for a lifetime in the after affects.
The person who did this to me when I was 5 was a Policeman, a friend of the family so he used this as a threat to me...my parents would be arrested he said if I told anyone.
AND most important is that he, like many others went on to sexually violate many other children as he remarried AND he stayed on the police department till he died at 70!!
I pray for all the other children he had contact with!
Again, thanks for your kind words!! Bless your heart!!


ronie   March 18th, 2010 1:49 pm ET

It is extremely frustrating to read some of these blog comments and realize that someone somewhere is laughing that the false fear tactics have succeeded. So you are the big bad in town how do you make the town put YOU in charge and love you? Make a problem then offer the solution..

So if i make up false statistics that say that all sex offenders can never change – that they will all go out and rape and pillage over and over...well then the gullible public will get up in arms and demand that something be done...CASTRATE KILL IMPRISON FOR LIFE is the cry of the gullible masses... so i have created a problem and then i offer a solution..... Lets put anyone convicted of any sex offense on a list and then we can watch and make sure that they don;t ever get near any sex ever again... WOOHOO the public loves me and elects me to office so i can take all their rights away...

Good luck believing that a bloated registry protects anyone... they need to determine who is the violent predators and keep those on a short leash. They need to give treatment to those who are involved in illegal sex and then leave them alone.

They need to quit putting anyone in prison for non-violent crimes whether it's sex-ting or viewing nude pics on the net...or smoking weeds... whatever isn't violent needs to be left alone and what is illegal needs to be addressed appropriately and then let those folks alone to get back into a productive life...

If someone is determined to commit a crime there is no amount of monitoring that will stop that person. The dangerous ones are those who think that they can take any rights away and get away with it... Oh wait the politicians do it all the time.

The high profile cases are used by politicians to get elected. Stir up the masses – give false statistics – i laugh as you elect me and love me.


Tusau   March 22nd, 2010 6:13 pm ET

The following facts are from authoritative studies and reports. If you accept them, then a rational readers should conclude that:

1. The Registry is immoral, over-inclusive and does not work.
2. Or the Registry should be only for violent hands on offenders.
3. Megan’s and residency laws do not work.
4. It’s immoral to destroy the lives of low risk sex offenders.
5. It’s wrong to put juveniles on the Registry.

• INEFFECTIVENESS OF THE REGISTRY
Only 5.3% of the people convicted of sex offenses were re-arrested for a new sex offense and 3.5% were re-convicted. (JUSTICE POLICY INSTITUTE)

87% of new sexual offenses could not have been prevented through sex offender registration because the majority of the new offenses were committed by individuals who were first-time sex offenders, offenders not on the registry. (JUSTICE POLICY INSTITUTE) (4)

Megan’s Law showed no demonstrable effect: 1) in reducing sexual re-offenses, 2) on the type of sexual re-offense or first time sexual offense and 3) on reducing the number of victims involved in sexual offenses. (MEGAN’S LAW: ASSESSING THE PRACTICAL AND MONETARY EFFICACY)

• THE MYTH OF STRANGER DANGER
90% of sex offenses against children are by family members or acquaintances. The sexual abuse of a child by a stranger, previously convicted of a sex offense, is a rare event. (THE SCARLET LETTER OF THE 21 CENTURY) (5)

• JUVENILES SHOULD NOT BE ON THE REGISTRY
Most youth behavior that is categorized as a sex crime is activity that mental health professionals do not deem as predatory. (JUSTICE POLICY INSTITUTE)

• RESIDENCY LAWS DO NOT WORK
Seattle police detective Bob Shilling, a nationally recognized expert on sex offenders, noted that Seattle’s residency restriction laws do not work. In fact, it exacerbates the problem.” (JUSTICE POLICY INSTITUTE)

CRIMES AGAINST SEX OFFENDERS
There have been numerous reports of vigilantism against people on the sex offender registry, including harassment, threats, and even murders. (JUSTICE POLICY INSTITUTE)

TREATMENT WORKS FOR SEX OFFENDERS
The State of Washington gives this data about SO treatment programs. 2.7% of the sex offenders who did not receive treatment and released from prison were convicted of a sexual felony within six years. Only 1.8% of those who received treatment were convicted of a sexual felony within six years. (CRIMINAL JURISDICTION )


James Endicott   March 22nd, 2010 10:22 pm ET

Your children are more at risk from your family, your friends and you than from convicted sex offenders.

Respectfully request commenters read Dr. Richard Wright's book, Sex Offender Laws: Failed Policies, New Directions. Research contradicts the popular view that sexual offenders inevitably reoffend. "Only a minority of the total sample… were known to have committed a new sexual offense."

There is little evidence that current the laws have had an effect on reducing intra-familial sexual abuse, which represents the majority of assaults against children. According to the Department of Justice, most child sexual abuse victims are molested by family members (34%) or close acquaintances (59%)... About 40% of crimes take place in the victim’s own home, and 20% take place in the home of a friend or relative.“

If you're intent on castration, better plan on having a few close friends and family go under the knife...


Lisa B.   March 23rd, 2010 1:57 am ET

To be sexally attracted to a child is sick. These deviats should be locked up forever ! There have been too many stories about repeat offenders. We must protect our children. When a child is molested the criminal should go to jail for life.


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