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Court Ruling Prompts State Sex Offender Status Changes

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AUSTIN (AP) – The Texas parole board is now removing the sex offender status or holding hearings for parolees who’ve never been convicted of a sex crime.

The Austin American-Statesman reports the policy change stems from a recent Texas appeals court ruling.

Several hundred parolees could be affected.

Some had been caught urinating in public years earlier, for example. Others were accused of committing sex offenses but pleaded guilty to other crimes.

For years, state officials have fought in court against giving parolees a hearing before labeling them sex offenders.

But that’s changed since a Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruling in May. It said the parole board can’t brand a prisoner as a sex offender without a conviction for a sex-related crime.

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  1. bear says:

    WoW ! whats been going on in this state ? Is that why we are being baked to a crisp ?

    1. Eagles cook Islam says:

      Prolly

  2. Rick McDaniel says:

    That I will agree with. Too many states brand people unfairly, and FL brands people who were never convicted of any crime at all, much less a sex crime.

    I recall one couple who were branded, because they had a pet raccoon, and were overheard, talking about their “kid”, in relation to leashes, etc. They got them branded as sex offenders, without any charges, or convictions.

    Stay away from FL, those people are not rational.

  3. NiteNurse says:

    The sex offender list is a joke anyway. While it may be useful to employers it’s not any help for people looking to see who lives in their area. Many sex offenders list one address but in reality live somewhere totally different. So you could have some convicted child molester living next door to you even though he lists his address as somewhere else. So don’t think you’re safe just because there’s no sex offenders listed in your area.

  4. C Bauer says:

    So how will the Richardson teacher who was caught pumping off at 6:45 AM in his truck on Saturday be listed in this registry? LOL.

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