Texas At Odds With Gvt. Over Sex Offender Law

By Andrea Lucia, CBS 11 News

AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas has just four months to comply with a federal law against sex offenders – or risk losing millions of dollars.  State lawmakers appear unlikely to meet that deadline, though, as opposition to the Adam Walsh Act increases.

Named after the son of “America’s Most Wanted” host, John Walsh, the law passed by Congress in 2006 created a national sex offender registry.  Five years later, though, Texas has yet to implement the changes it mandates.

“I think it’s ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous,” said Cherlyn Branch, the founder of Mothers Against Pedophiles.

Branch started her organization, after her young relative was sexually assaulted.  “I’m trying to get lawmakers to toughen the laws on sex crimes,” she said.

The Texas state senate’s criminal justice committee, however, doesn’t believe the Adam Walsh Act is the answer.  In a recent report, it recommended “not to implement AWA.”

“It doesn’t help. It would not help if it were in place,” says Phil Taylor, a sex offender treatment provider in Dallas.  Taylor testified before the senate committee, arguing the national registry is too sweeping.

“The Adam Walsh Act would register everyone. And, someone as young as 14 could find themselves on the registry for life,” said Taylor.

The law would also determine a sex offender’s risk level by looking at the charge they’ve been convicted of.
Currently, Texas considers offenders’ risk on a case by case basis, taking into consideration their relationship to the victim and the circumstances of the crime.

The AWA would require more juveniles to be included in the registry and force some offenders to register as often as four times a year.

Critics worry local police departments could be swamped, as a result.  Already, the state has about 64,000 registered sex offenders.

At the Dallas police department, ten officers work full-time to monitor them.  Even some victims’ advocates agree, the idea is flawed.

“The intent of the law is good, but when you really get into the meat of it… maybe not,” said Janna Barker, executive director of the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center.

In the end, the state’s decision may come down to money.  If lawmakers fails to comply, they risk losing around two million dollars in federal funds.  Implementing the changes, though, would cost much more – nearly $39 million.

Texas isn’t the only state opposed to the Adam Walsh Act  So far, only four states have complied.

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  1. Cherlyn MotherMissionary Branch says:

    Please tell our Texas Government to implement the “Adam Walsh Act” in Texas! We need tougher laws for Sex Offenders! http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/trinityslaw. To learn more about “Trinity’s Law” please visit http://www.weremap.org.

  2. Sharon Ayers Bartells says:

    I’m so glad to see some real talk about this. The AWA may have good intentions but it is so flawed that not only will it cost more to be implemented, it will actually have the opposite effect of its intent. With so many non violent, non predatory ‘offenders’ on it right now, law enforcement cannot monitor those who are really dangerous or those who are really pedophiles. I think all responsible people want laws that protect our children and prevent sexual offenses but we have to do more than create ‘feel good’ laws that sound like they will work but will only overburden enforcement and devastate families of those who should not have to pay for a mistake the rest of their livesl.

    1. Tina Jansen,LPC says:

      Ms. Bartells, I am so glad you have never had a child raped by a predator. If you had done any research on this subject, you would know that most sexual predators never change, and they always continue to abuse. YOU are so nice to feel sorry for the predatos family,, never mentioning the the devastation to a survivior and thier family.

      1. Chad Dear says:

        Wow, You really want to tell Mrs. Bartells that she needs to do her research? I do believe that maybe you should take some time and complete your research before making such comment. I was sexually assaulted by a predator, and like most others that predator was a family member. I am also raising a kid that is a “registered sex offender” his crime – when he was 17 he wrote a letter that talked about sex. Your right Mrs. Jansen, he should be locked up forever, how dare he write a letter and act like a kid!!

      2. Sharon Ayers Bartells says:

        Tina, I have been researching this subject for over 5 years now. I agree that true predators rarely change. However, most of those affected by the sex offender laws as they are now and as the AWA will have them are NOT predators. We need to differentiate between a pedophile and someone who has sexual contact with a minor who is above the age of puberty. I do have first hand knowledge and experience with childhood rape and you are doing these children a huge disservice by lumping their status in with teenage girls who get fake ID’s, go to bars, order drinks and then have sex with someone who is legally an adult. That man will be charged with sexual assault of a child as soon as Mama finds out what her little girl did. I’m not blaming the victim; this is just a common scenario. The general public (and that includes LPCs) has no idea of how many ways there are to get on the sex offender registry. I would recommend you do some research. Read the Texas Criminal Code. Find out all the offenses that can be included in each charge. We have real criminals out there walking the street because the police are so busy trying to verify where all the guys who exposed themselves, had sex with a girlfriend, chatted on the internet or peed in the park are.

      3. Shelomith Stow says:

        Ms Jansen, my heart goes out to you and your child. However, I have done a great deal of research on the subject, and the facts are that the greatest majority of offenders, once caught, do not re-offend. A new article came out just this week, and recidivism figures are, as research has shown time after time, very low for almost all categories of offenders.

        “The recidivism rate for new sex charges against registered sex offenders is averaging about 1 percent per year in state after state. Likewise, the research says more than 95 percent of sex crimes are committed by people who have never been convicted before, usually the loved ones of the victim. Between a third and half of the offenders against kids are teenagers or younger themselves.” (http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100512/GJOPINION02/705129997/-1/CITOPINION)

        If your child was raped by a predator, i.e. stranger, then you know how very rare that is, and that is the one category of offender whose risk of repeating his crime is higher, and they are the ones who need strict scrutiny when released. Law enforcement would have an easier time monitoring that small percentage who actually need it if so very many low-risk, consensual and statutory, non-violent offenders were not required to register once they had served their sentences.
        Again, I am so sorry for your pain. In a similar situation I found help in researching and learning as much as possible about all aspects of the subject.
        Blessings to you and your family.

      4. Todd says:

        whiner

      5. survivor says:

        Ms. Jansen, you are the one apparently that hasn’t done the research. The Sex offender laws in Texas are robbing victims, of a voice and above all justice. There is huge difference between child predator and two kids that had inappropriate sexual contact. You made a comment at 8:14 that “the two teens close to each others age are not convicted of rape”. I’m not sure what research you are getting your information from, but you are way off track! No one is asking that child predators NOT be monitored. What is rational is that Texas relieve our law enforcement officers of having to monitor someone convicted of urinating in public, underage sexual contact, exposure and the list goes on. My tax dollars are better spent, educating our children and parents on prevention. Allowing our law enforcement the time and the tools to monitor the “true” pedophiles and not the kid that made a poor decision. If you overload anyone with more work than what can be possibly be done. Work gets sloppy and mistakes are made and in the case of a law enforcement officer people will or even worse children will be hurt. I assume that LPC behind your name is for “Lic. professional counselor” . Although I appreciate your passion to be a victims advocate, it concerns me that someone with your influence could possibly have access to our childrens minds. I hope that you will take the time to study both sides of this issue and instead of having a “lock’em up and throw away the key attitude” maybe come up with some alternatives for our law makers that would better serve us here in Texas. My prayers are with you Ms. Jansen.

      6. Linda says:

        Tina, your the one that needs to look at the research. Had you done so, you wouldn’t have made the stupid claims about treatment and recidivism.

      7. pachrismith says:

        Of all 50 states, 24 reported sex offender recidivism rates, their average is 4.22% commit new sex crimes within three years of their release. Three years is used because it is a time frame that can produce useable results without risking long term exposure to risk, and long term studies have demonstrated that two-thirds who will eventually commit a new sex crime does so within the first three years with the rate dropping off drastically after that. California was the most comprehensive in it’s reporting: 3.55% for new sex crime, additional 4.57% for a new non-sex felony, additional 35.48% for a technical violation of parole (missed meeting), total 43.60%. USDOJ found 43% of nearly 10,000 sex offenders released in 1994 were re-arrested, and 68% of non-sex offenders.

    2. Janice Gilliland says:

      I’m glad to see people really looking at this bill, we want victims rights and protection for children, but we can’t be convicting everyone of a sex crime and making them register for life, and how does protecting children mean also putting children on the registry? How is society protected when authorities are spending so much time and money to chase after light offenders, when most of the violent offenders aren’t on the registry in the first place. Besides look at the true facts, most sexual molestations are done by close family members or friends, so making rules to keep S.O.’s away from your childrens school or no shopping at the mall is not making your child safe. Take the money and educate people, institute preventive programs and restorative justice initiatives, look at acts and bills for fairness, accuracy, effectiveness, proven and tested initiatives, and cost efficiency, thank you legislature for being responsible and finally standing against something that is none of these!!!

  3. darrell says:

    there may be some changes needed to our current system but i dont believe we need the AWA version of reform. just from what shown here the bill is too all inclusive with zero or very little flexability.

    1. Tina Jansen,LPC says:

      darrell, lets make sure the child molesters and rapist have as much flexability as possible after they get out of jail…

      1. Sharon Ayers Bartells says:

        Tina, you should read the actual recommendation that was made to the Senate. The Council on Sex Offender Treatment has gone on record as opposing the AWA. You might find what the therapists have to say to be interesting. Check out Texas Voices for Reform and Justice at http://www.txvoices.com for some interesting information.

      2. darrell says:

        FYI Tina but i have seen more than one case where the boy was charged with sexual assault when consensual sex was the case. personally i think pedo’s should just be shot. my issue with both laws is that it ensnares many people who really do not need to be classified as sex offenders and then on the back end, those who are that return to society come out into a system that cant keep up with them. neither is perfect but we dont need the government ramming something else down our throat either.

      3. Janice Gilliland says:

        Tina, no one is siding necessarily with pedophiles, not complying with this act is not really about that. The original intention of the registry was, for safety’s sake, but now its watered down and is no longer effective. There are children as young as 10 years old on the registry, there are Romeo and Juliet cases, there are many one time offenders having consensual sex, there are men sucked into the system by vindictive ex-wives, students etc, there are people on the registry for urinating in public and teens for sexting, the system is truly flawed. Now if we are talking about a system that truly addresses the pedophiles that are dangerous, then there wouldn’t be much argument, but the registry effects everyone young and old, it has not been monitored like it should and it is not an effective public safety measure any longer. when there are so many people to keep track of that are no threat to society it now makes the registry worthless. Our legislatures are finally steeping up the plate and trying to fix a truly flawed system, you need to educate yourself on the facts and quit making it a “we love the pedophile, hug a pedophile today,” that’s not what this is about!

  4. Robbie says:

    On the other hand, if sex offenders DON’T have to follow the stricter guidelines in Texas, could the state become one of the favored places for sex offenders to locate once other states do comply with the law?

    1. Janice Gilliland says:

      Thats not really an issue, the restrictions in Texas are so overboard now sex offenders are not even able to comply and in some instances end up back in prison on an infraction. The AWA is just designed differently than the way Texas does things. Our registry is already too overburdened with people that shouldn’t be on it in the first place, we’ve got children on it as young as 10 years old, Texas is trying to improve a truly flawed system and get the registry back to the true intent, to keep track of the real pedophiles and violent offenders, right now police are chasing rabbits and the 1 or 2% that we need to worry about are not getting monitored like they should, I’ glad our legislature is finally stepping up to the plate to fix a messed up system and to be economically responsible, the registry is a mess, get people off of it that don’t belong on it and use the extra money to tighten and keep track of the real pedophiles.

    2. pachrismith says:

      Robbie; Texas already has one of the most draconian, hysteria driven sets of laws in the nation. It is never going to become a “favored place” even if every state int he union adopts the AWA. California, New Mexico and several other states have also published papers detailing the faults of the AWA and why adopting it will actually increase the likelihood that real high-risk offenders will be misclassified and allowed freedoms that pose a risk to children. Go to Texas Council on Sex Offender Treatment, select “council information”, select “annual reports”, select “Biennial Report 2011 . . .”, go to page 15. California Sex Offender Management Board reports more at length on why it should not be implemented. Education, not emotionalism Robbie.

  5. Rod Brown says:

    You that are against this should look in the mirror and say what would i do if
    this kind of thing happened to your child. It may not be perfect but it better unitl
    you think of a better. Why do we let these people out early from prison a mimium
    of 50 years for hurting a child that is to sad to spell out. So many of you are so far
    to the left on anything that makes sense.

    1. darrell says:

      Rod, im pretty far to the right. i think the law is flawed and i think our current one is flawed. the one we have now is not an “etched in stone” directive like this one apprears to me to be. i have issue with the unfairness of both of them by this example. a sixteen year old boy and girl have consentual sex. no violence, its probably not the first time for them, except they get caught in the act. the boy goes to jail as a sex offender and makes your list for the rest of his life with a high warning tag and the girl just gets another boyfriend to have sex with. its cases like that where if your going to charge one, you charge them both. they are both guilty of the same thing.

      1. tina jansen,lpc says:

        darrell, do some research on rape laws. two teens close to each others age are not charged with rape.. hell a man that has beat a women and raped her cant get convicted. darrel, u are an idiot..

      2. Shelomith Stow says:

        Tina, you really do need to do some research yourself. Let me tell you a story, a true one. You can Google it and verify it.
        A few years ago in Utah, a 13 year old girl became pregnant by her 12 year old boyfriend. They were both charged with sexual assault of a child under the age of 14, and each was named as the victim in the other’s case. The fact is that our nation, due to a handful of very horrendous and high profile cases and the subsequent media hype aided by politicians using murdered children to build a campaign around, has gone so far beyond common sense and the theory that the punishment should fit the crime that no one is safe. Your children are more at risk of ending up on the sex offender registry for childish pranks or young love than they are of even being approached by one of those registered sex offenders that you are so worried about.

    2. pachrismith says:

      Rod; I would say I will not go backward with this law and endanger more children! Not only is it not perfect, it represents a backward step from experience based research that demonstrates several of it’s requirements will take Texas from experience based laws that are effective, to emotional based laws that are not and have been demonstrated so. Long term prison, especially without treatment, is the perfect breeding ground for deviant fantasies and, unable to satisfy them, the offender emerges more dangerous than ever. We have found that short-term prison sentences coupled with treatment actually reduces recidivism significantly. What serves your anger will not protect your kids, experience has proven that.

  6. Fred says:

    If you are going to force these crminals to pay for their crime for life after serving their time with a web site entry, then I want to see ALL criminals. Its not the pedo’s that have been caught that worry me, its the people around me that have not been caught or have done equally bad things like murders, and robberys, DWI’s and so on. Those are the people that I do not want my children looking to for direction or assiciation’s. these are the people I will make sure to look over my sholder. I in no way condone what the pedo’s do, glad they are paying for their crime, but really..what does this serve and for who? Parents are so disconnected these days in taking ownership in their childrens lives, most just wish they had a “phone app” to do the job for them. Pedos pray on ignorant Parnets children

    1. tina jansen says:

      Fred, It is so nice of you to blame the parents when their child is raped. and I am so glad that you are not worried about child molesters, ,, you must be one of those parents that are disconnected.. good luck to you and your children.

      1. pachrismith says:

        Tina; you misrepresent Fred’s comments. He is more worried about the 9 or more out of ten who are a threat to his children that the government can’t warn him about. Worry and watch the sex offender and you protect your kid from 1 in 9, watch your kid and you protect them from all 10. Your responsibility to your children can’t be abdicated, especially to the government. Read my reply to Fred.

    2. pachrismith says:

      Fred; Long term studies in California and New York demonstrate that more than 95% of those arrested for sex crimes are first time offenders. You can’t protect your child from them based on some governments list. Everyone complaines about how inefficient the government is and then they expect them to tell you who you need to watch out for – stupid. Tina: You brought those children into this world, you know those kinds of people are out there, it’s your job to protect your children! I raised five of my own – either you do the job or arrange for someone who can fill in for you, no excuses. Be careful though, USDOJ reports that 93% of children sexually assaulted are victimized by family members or family acquaintances.

  7. Franks Beans says:

    By law, minors can not consent to sex. Two freshman in high school can both be charged with sex assault on each other.

    That’s a fact.

    So… I guess we should register all sexually active kids for life. As usual, feds should let the states handle their own business. We do it the best we can.

    1. tina jansen says:

      stupid

      1. darrell says:

        tina, i think you need some serious counseling and anger management. you havnt contributed a single thing to constructive conversation. only anger, hate, and abuse. you are rude and disrespectful.

      2. linda says:

        Tina, why would you want a law that does NOT protect anyone, yet endangers everyone?
        Not only that but to impliment, cost many millions of dollars that we as tax payers must pay. and all we get is a law that “DOES MORE HARM THAN GOOD.”

        You speak from an emotional view point but your position endangers children and does NOTHING to PREVENT just one crime.

        Now, your position is STUPID. No prevention, no protection and at a cost of MILLIONS.

  8. txblkm_05 says:

    I think the law should be implemented. Neighborhoods need to knowthese people are in their communities.

    1. Sharon Ayers Bartells says:

      The sex offender registry is already iimplemented. You can find any registered sex offenders that live in your neighborhood. You probably won’t really know exactly why they’re on the list but you can see their names and addresses.
      The AWA doesn’t provide any additional protection. It sets punishment and length of registration requirements and takes away the judge’s ability to use discretion and take all facts of the situation into account. So a 19 year old who has consensual sex with his 15 year old girlfriend would be treated the same as a 19 year old who rapes a 15 year old in his neighborhood. Any sexual activity with a minor constitutes ‘sexual assault of a child”.Texas law allows for registration requirements to be risk based; the AWA would allow them to be only offense based. Before you start jumping on the AWA bandwagon, read the laws that are currently in place.

    2. Linda says:

      That really solves nothing. The REAL danger are family members and friends of the family. 95% of all new sex offenses against children are committed by this group and they are NOT on the registry. That is where we as parents and neighbors fail to protect our children.

      We are in denial that our family, neighbors and aquaintences who are NOT on a sex offender registry are safe from sexual abuse. That is where the REAL threat is. Time to be alert to this danger and don’t panic about someone on the registry. They are safer than your own family members and aquaintences.

  9. kathy says:

    All then awa is gonna do is make us spend more money out and monitor people who is not a danger to anyone. I think we should take people off the sex offender list who don’t need to be on it then the state could monitor the ones that pose a risk .. a big thank you to phil taylor

  10. Chad says:

    Thank you Kathy and yes I agree, a big thank you to Phil.

  11. Marilyn Morris says:

    First of all, not eveyone listed on the Texas Sex Offender Registry is a “pedophile”. Actually, only a small percentage of registered people are true “pedophiles. The Adam Walsh Act, as with most sex offender laws in Texas, are not keeping anyone safer nor are they protecting children. They are feel-good laws and money should be better spent.
    Ms. Jansen, Please seek counseling. Bitterness and anger leads to health problems, not to mention the damage done to one’s soul.

  12. darrell says:

    @ Tina Jansen. im truely sorry for whatever tradgedy occured in your life to make you so hateful and inconsiderate of others. whatever emotional distress that lingers from that you really should seek professional help with. there are many free and low cost options if you dont have insurance or cant afford them.

  13. Denise says:

    Great job Phil. Hopefully people are starting to recognize there is a problem with the registry. Too many children on this registry and people that have made a bad choice. Parents don’t know who the real pedophile is.

  14. SaveTexasChildren says:

    I agree that the registry has harmed the children that are molested IN THE FAMILY. Families are not turning in their loved ones #1, the humiliation of a registry, #2, no REAL counseling, it’s just for the $$ and #3 loss of income because it’s usually dad or uncle Bob or step dad that is molesting the children.

    As a child advocate, I see that the registry is harming more children than we can imagine. If we could put the registry back to the original intent (in the police hands) and give LONG sentences for those that are PROVEN to be very dangerous to the public. That would solve all the problems! It would then allow children to tell, then the families would be able to get REAL HELP with counseling that works.

    If you read, the evidence all stacks up on the side of no registry. It will save many a child’s life if we rid Texas of the public humiliation list.

    Research, research, research. I’ve done it for 4 years now and have spoken with many other child advocates that know the truth. Let’s stop harming children in abusive homes and get them some HELP.

    Oh, and don’t EVER forget that many on this registry have children that are harmed every DAY by the public and mean children who don’t know any better. Hate does not need to be in the equation. LOVE needs to work here.

    1. Sharon Ayers Bartells says:

      Thank you so much for the really important points your bring up. I want children safe. That’s why I fight against the current system and the AWA.

      1. Mary Sue says:

        Kudo’s to SaveTexas Children from Texas Voices for Reason and Justice. Thank you for your common sense comments.

  15. SOS_TX says:

    AWAy with AWA

  16. John Nancy says:

    Adam Walsh was murdered by a Serial Killer- NOT a Sex Offender. So why has John Walsh spend years and years targeting Sex offenders? Makes no sense…..Can anyone say “MONEY”? Wake up America. It’s not about keeping the children safe at all.

    1. pachrismith says:

      John Nancy; Good point! That is verified in John Walsh’s book “Tears of Rage”.

  17. Jackie Clark says:

    Thank you Phil Taylor and thank you Andrea for reporting on this issue. The whole Sex Offender debate is about money and votes, not about keeping anyone safe. A very small percentage of offenders on the registry ever hurt a child, but all the laws are aimed at these predators, and everyone on the registry has to live with the consequences the registry creates, no where to live, no where to work, alienated from family and friends. Unfortunately, everyone gets treated the same with the current laws. Its time to separate the predators from the offenders.

  18. Richard Frank says:

    This database will be worthless in 10 years.
    It get’s more and more diluted with the passing of new laws. If I’m drunk and stop to pee on the side of the road and get cought I now could be put on the list, if at 19 I touch my 17 year old girlfriends brest and her mom gets who hates me press the issue I could then be on the list. This list is just about worthless it should be only for violent extrem and repeat sex offenders. Furthermore your name should come off the list at some point if you don’t repeat.

    1. SaveTexasChildren says:

      I agree, if the registry cannot be gone publicly, you must at least have a chance to get off of this thing. Most of the people should have never been put on it in the first place. It would have been nice if only dangerous “predatory” (that’s rare) people who were not family members would have been on it (or in that case ANY violent sociopath or psychopath) it MIGHT have worked. Then again, we’ve already seen what the registry CAN do – look at the public cases of re-offense of who WAS on the registry when they committed another crime! GPS did not stop the guy in California BUT you know what would have helped? If he’d have gotten a good job, had a place to live and been supported, I bet you we would never have lost the two lovely young ladies this young man killed.

      How about the guy with bodies all in his house and around his yard? How did the registry prevent him from re-offending? He showed SIGNS he would re-offend, also John Couey who killed little Jessica Lunsford BEGGED for help and could not get it – he definitely showed signs of trouble, we’d still have a Jessica here had they acted upon his begging!

      It is all about the money. Let’s stop and repeal the laws that are hurting our families, our communities and our children and start creating programs to give kids self-confidence, how to stand up for themselves, how to love themselves no matter what they look like or who they are. We have proven it is the most vulnerable children that are abused…we have to stop that or at least try to curb it.

      Again, let’s save our Texas children and repeal some of these laws and encourage tougher sentences for those deemed to be truly dangerous (that is less than 1% of them at this point but it might help)

  19. SDFin says:

    All sex offenders should be shipped off to the dessert or south pole – some desolate place where survival would be the only thing on their mind… until something eats their twisted, evil @$$.

    1. Cherlyn MotherMissionary Branch says:

      Ok?

    2. Janice Gilliland says:

      the problem is you lump everyone in the registry together, not all sex offenders are pedophiles, that’s a myth until the overboard laws effect you, you’ll spout off the same stupid stuff!. The registry is flawed big time and is no help to public safety at all, educate yourself on the facts.Just don’t get drunk and pee on a tree, otherwise they’ll have you on the registry and the vigilantes will be coming after your kids and you!

  20. Roscoe 9309 says:

    In reading all the comments above I find that those opposed to the AWA speak in rational measured voices from extensive knowledge and experience of the ramifications and effects of registration laws. Those who speak in favor of the AWA and want more restrictive registration laws speak from an emotional and uninformed narrow viewpoint with little basis in fact. Let us look at this problem with ways to improve the safety of all children, the victims as well as those victimized by the laws themselves.

    1. earl says:

      rascoe 9309 that was well said

  21. BJ says:

    Texas lawmakers are finally beginning to realize the mess that has been created by these laws. While the original intent was good, it evolved into something all together different. Not complying with federal guidelines will not mean that Texas will not continue to be tough on those who would harm our children . Texas will always be tough on child predators with or without the federal government’s encouragement. That is why it is so important that those who are not predators not consume law enforcement resources as they currently do. The exact same resources are spent monitoring a man who has molested young children as are used to monitor a young man who had sex with his minor girlfriend. Both actions were a crime, however, do we really want our law enforcement forced to use the same amount of resources to monitor them both? Current laws and federal guidelines do not differentiate a forced, violent rape from a mutually agreed upon act between a 19.5 year old and a sixteen year old. Again, do we really want our money divided equally among the two?

  22. Tammy says:

    Awa is a waste of money. I believe that people that hurt children should be punished. But today we have children playing games with other people lives. I know a girl that was 13 that lied about her age to 11 guys told them she was 18 she look 18. This took place over a seven month time span. She told her friends it was a rush to watch them get in trouble for having sex with her. Now these guy are sex offenders ages 18 -20 years old for the rest of their lives why she continues to play her game because quote it’s not against the law to lie about your age. It’s okay for her to do this and continue to do this so let’s keep adding to that sex offender list these types of guys. Not real criminals like 50 year old hurting 5 year old.

  23. Eloise says:

    A young man can get put on the list for participating in a chat room and receive a few pictures; yet he never was in physical contact with ANYONE.. He is subjected to the same supervision and therapy as a high risk offender while on adjudicated probation. No other legal trouble either. The whole family is on probation.And those overseers are on salary/fees.

  24. Victim's Mother says:

    My daughter was raped when she was 6. The person who raped her was a 14 year old step uncle. He also raped his 5 year old sister. His total time in jail was one week. The juvenile judge, Judge Boyd in Tarrant County, didn’t even make him register until 4 years after his “conviction.” He was only convicted of inappropriate touching of a minor. The current system with juvenile sex offenders has a mentality that the poor kids can be rehabilitated. VIOLENT sex offenders go without registering because they committed their crime before their 17th birthday. By the way, the only reason he had to register was because I pressured my mother into forcing her husband, the predator’s father, into voluntary registration or he would be out there preying on another child. The so called juvenile justice system does nothing to protect the victims or public and the public is not allowed to know what is going on!

    1. pachrismith says:

      The Juvi Justice system knows what it is doing far better than you. It has had more experience and that experience demonstrates juveniles are even more susceptable to treatment than adult sex offenders. Your and your sisters ignorance may have ruined any chance to redeem this young man and turned him into an even more dangerous adult predator who will ruin and possibly take another child’s life. YOU will be responsible for that.

  25. Lynn says:

    Question. Here in Texas almost every district is having funding issues in our schools correct. So is it more important to spend 38 million dollars to ensure a kid that had sex with their 15 year old girlfriend or like the othe lady a girl that lied about her age or is it more important to ensure funding to our schools and ensure that the high risk offenders are being watched. To me I want our kids to be educated and I want to know who is a true sex offender not a kid that made a mistake or a kid that got trapped in a game of broken heart. What about the rest of you.

  26. earl says:

    i know there are alot of people that dose not know the many different types of sex offenders.there’s the young man that has sex with his girlfriend.he is charged as asex offender for life.they had planed getting married,but now his life has been taken away from him and her’he will not be able to find work.all their dreams gone.there’s the girl at the party thaT LIES ABOUT HER AGE, that causes a young man to looses life because of a lie.we have the girl on my space that tells everyone she is 18 when she meets a young man.they find out she is only 13.there’s another young man life destroued.then there’s the man that took a leak behind a 7/11 store late one night,a police picked him up,charged him as a sex offender for life.oh yea there’s the homeless that being picked up and charged as a sex offender for life.there are so many more but this shuold give everyone an idea of what is happening with our sex offender laws..when oue sex offender laws were first passed,they were for violent offender.our law makers thought if they would pass more sex offender laws to cover more typs of offenders they would get reelectrd,not careing about the out come, of the lives that would be totaly destroyed.there are violent offenders that we need to worrie about.our politicians are spend money,man power,eguiment other resources on non violent ofenders.leaveing the violent offenders to slip thru the cracks.those are the ones we need to worrie about.when ever the word sex offender is heard,every rhinks the worse,not knowing the differents in non violent ones and the violent ones.when is the madness going to stop.how many more families has to loose every thing they have.alot of families end up in divorce,because they can’t find work,some cases can’t find a place to live.the non violent offender looses all hope of haveing a real life with a family a job and dreams they feel alone with no hope.our law makers needs to see the harm they have done to these non violent offenders and their families.our laws need to be changed to remove all non violent offenders from the registry.we sure don’t need and can not afford AWA we are broke.

  27. RSO wife says:

    My children are all grown, but I, too, wonder why the state is willing to cut the funding for schools just to add it’s already overburdened financial structure by registering those who are not only non violent, but non threatening in any way.

    Whole families are made to suffer because of the hysteria caused by the words “sex offender”. I agree that the violent offenders need to be monitored but the majority of the people on the registry are non violent and need to be able to pick up their lives where they left off before being incarcerated. They have paid their dues, they have been punished for their crime, why must they be punished for life.

    Why are sex offenders the only people who, by the courts and the justice system, are forced to become a burden on society? When RSO’s who were self supporting tax payers before prison, are released from the Texas prison system, they are made to wear a monitor, which their families can’t afford, they are told to find work, but nobody will hire them, they can’t live in their own homes because of residency restrictions and they are forced to live in halfway houses – if they can find one that will take them – and collect welfare, in order to be able to eat.

    How does this benefit society? Schools are closing and prisons are filling up and the state coffers are empty. How does this benefit Texas citizens?

  28. Rudy101 says:

    I find it amazing that the State believes it can put ANYONE they like on a registry, create a maze of laws, destroy the ability, in every meaningful way, to relate to the community, isolate them from every social aspect of the community, and you call THAT community safety.

    64,000 people on a registry that does NOTHING but panics the community and makes it MORE likely an offender will re-offend. The legislature changes, at whim, who goes on and what the restrictions are, All it takes is the ASSERTION that there will be public safety and the ex-post facto clause does NOT apply..

    Your registry is ALREADY illegal and can be avoided any way possible. I find it funny that you can make teenagers who had consensual sex register for life. Do you know what that means???? Oh yes, if you go ONE MILE over the speed limit the State CAN make you register with the police (how many 1,000’s are killed by speeders every year?)

    The U.S. Constitution was drawn up the way it was in order to LIMIT government’s ability to regulate FREEDOM. The prohibition on ex-post facto laws ensures that government is unable to create a police state.

    However, the legislature created a police state regardless, and gets full authority to determine who the police state applies to. All the government has to do is make the ASSERTION of public safety.

    You are NOT a free country when freedom is by a vote. Again, anyone has the RIGHT to flee a registry whose ONLY outcome is the loss of safety and/or security for the registrant.

  29. Linda says:

    Ten Myths About Sex Offenders – http://t.co/Y6E3Owe

    “Of all crimes, sex offenders are widely believed to have the highest level of recidivism. However, treatment professionals and criminologists have known for some time that once sex offenders are caught, only a small minority of them will commit another sex crime. Although some pedophiles, before they are caught, have many victims, most have a single victim in or about their own family.”

  30. Suzi says:

    I find it irresponsible of all invovled to continue to support an expensive no good feel good false sense of saftey law (the registry for sex offenders) Wake up people! We are letting go of teachers that are needed badly! I can protect my child! There is no law out there that will protect my child when I don’t know where they are, who their with and what they are up to! Come on parents take back what is your responsibilty! Protection of my child is my job not the governments who can’t balance their checkbook well enough to keep from cutting money that goes for the education of children!

  31. Linda says:

    There are many many people on the registry who’s single offense took place 10 20 years or more that have NOT re-offended, not will they. They have done their time, fulfilled their contracts with the courts. They are NOT a threat to anyone. Yet we hound them, make life so miserable that they cannot find work or a place to live.

    Many are married and have families and yet, we as a society “DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD” to them and their children. That’s NOT American, It’s another McCarthyism. It’s another way to spread hate. This should not be.

  32. les says:

    castration would stop this whole problem !!!!!!!!!!

    1. Linda says:

      No it wouldn’t. More than 95% of all new sex offenses against children are committed by people NOT on a registry and they are family and those known to the family. The VAST majority of first time offenders NEVER repeat another offense.

    2. pachrismith says:

      Reduced testosterone levels (i.e.: from castration) only reduce agression and sex drive. They do nothing to overcome the driving cognitive distortions and paradigms. Treatment providers report that men with testosterone levels of zero continue to engage in deviant sexual practices. It may reduce the likelihood but it will not eliminate it. Psychological treatment, on the other hand, corrects the mental abberations which, in turn, reduce the likelihood of a return to deviant sexual practices. That has been demonstrated.

  33. Jasper Hal says:

    Humm, Please ignore my ignorance – but was Adam Walsh not murdered. Was there ever evidence of sexual abuse? My question then is as follows, If Adam Walsh was murdered why are “MURDERs” not forced to register as convicted murders., or Convicted Murderes / Abductors. I simply fail to understand how and why the registration laws came to be. If a mother leaves a child alone maybe the mother should be implicated as well in the murder. Let’s make these parents responsible for not watching thier children. Just currious but did the parents of Adam Walsh ever collect insurance money?

  34. Shelomith Stow says:

    Jasper, Mr. Walsh is first and foremost an entertainer. He parlayed the abduction and murder of his son into a life-long career as America’s savior from the bad guys. He quickly discovered that those who sexually offend against children are universally hated and reviled, and he had everything he needed to keep himself in the limelight and build his little empire. As the sex offender industry in America grew and flourished with his help, he became even more entrenched as the leader of those who fight for children, and he never balked at playing the Adam card when it suited his purpose. At the recent congressional hearing for reauthorization of the AWA, I heard more than one politician praise him as a true hero. It seems to make no difference to anyone that he pushes this legislation in the name of Adam, and Adam, as you pointed out, was not killed by a sex offender. Adam was killed because the adults who should have been watching him were not. Mr. Walsh didn’t need insurance money; his son’s name on his lips in front of the American public has assured him of more power and celebrity than any insurance could ever have bought.

  35. Shelomith Stow says:

    In reading what I just posted, it sounds as though I am excusing those who sexually abuse children, and that is the opposite of how I feel. My disgust with Mr. Walsh and his involvement with this legislation is that it targets not only those who have hurt a child but many, many thousands who have not. Lumped together under the massive umbrella of “registered sex offenders,” the young, the foolish, and the stupid suffer the same consequences under the registry as the violent and the predatory. This system actually puts children at greater risk as so much attention is diverted away from the dangerous. Mr. Walsh has much responsibility to bear for this.

    1. Valerie Parkhurst says:

      Ahh this is classic by you..” My disgust with Mr. Walsh and his involvement with this legislation is that it targets not only those who have hurt a child but many, many thousands who have not.”
      Whats your definition of “hurt a child”? Just because a child doesnt end up with a headstone, doesnt mean the damge hasnt been done..your not that bright Shelomith Stow, quit trying to come off as if you are.

      1. Linda says:

        I believe if we are going to have a public registry it should only list:

        1 The violent rapist. i.e. physical force.
        2 Those who did not know their victim. The stranger
        3 REPEAT offenders.

        The AWA is over reaching and paints everyone with a broad brush.

        For instance, a 19 year old highschool senior dating his 15 year old sweetheart will be listed in many states as “aggravated” and end up on the AWA registry as a LIFETIME registrant. Some states 25 years without relief. Now that’s INSANE!

        As years go by, the public only sees “aggravated sex with a minor” and the registrants CURRENT age. They are therefore lumped in with the Tier III and considered DANGEROUS predators and child molesters by the public.

        The AWA is making many people very rich and politicians can always count on cheap votes by jumping on the sex offender bandwagon.

  36. Dorothea Duba says:

    It appears that there are many people who have actually learned that adapting the various SO LAWS will not protect our children, but rather add more burdens to all of us. I suggest that anyone who is for a law should definitely research it (and I don’t care which law). Many (if not most) laws are proposed and enacted for money and to further politicians career.
    Les, if I were a man and were castrated for any reason, I would be so mad I’m not sure I wouldn’t go out and really hurt someone.

  37. esther Ritchie says:

    As the mother of a sex-offender living in TX, I can tell you first handedly that this is an ill conceived system which has gone awry.

    If someone is a danger to children, does it really matter whether he or she lives 1500 or 2000 ft.away from a school? People who are really a danger should not be out of confinement and living among the public.

    The rest, especially those who have not committed a violent offense, should be
    given a chance to de-register once they’ve served their sentence,had therapy and deemed no longer a threat to society. Otherwise, the registry will become
    so watered down that it will be useless.

    From hearing the news lately,more children are being hurt or even murdered by family members than by strangers. Perhaps that is where the real focus should be.

  38. Cfc America says:

    Thank you for this article.
    Let me say I would love to see more of the information from the 22 person committee in Texas which said by all relevant information, implementation of the Adam Walsh Act in Texas would be wrong.

    Please, share with the world their findings.

    If you or anyone you love have been harmed by the insanity of the Public Shaming Registry, Join us and LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD

    CITIZENS FOR CHANGE, AMERICA
    http://www.cfcamerica.org

  39. Linda says:

    In a nutshell. Any state that inacts the Adam Walsh Act. Specifically SORNA, does so to their own detriment.

    It is a very harmful act to the state, the children and society.

  40. Valigator says:

    Yea Linda and a forum full of sex offenders and or their wives bombarding a forum, trying to tell the readers what good guys they really are is to their own detriment and harmful to society..

    1. pachrismith says:

      Before you accuse, you should read what the California Sex Offender Management Board has to say on the subject, or even the Texas Sex Offender Treatmenr Council. And while you’re at it, check the qualifications of the members of those organizations – these are legislators, prosecutors, treatment professionals, victim advocates – you won’t find a sex offender among them and they are saying the same things these people are. Educate yourself and remember, it’s better to remain silent and be though a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt – too late for you.

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