Post by PeterL Post by Thanatos
I was reading an article yesterday about a man who grabbed a 14-year-old
girl's arm to keep her from walking in front of a moving car. He took
the time to give her a quick lecture about paying attention and looking
where you're going and ended up being charged with (and convicted of)
"unlawful restraint of a minor" for his trouble. The cherry on top of
that crap sundae is that "unlawful restraint of a minor" is a sexual
offense in that state, so now the guy is a sex offender for the rest of
his life, has to register with the state, can only live in certain
Are there more to that story? Did he physically force that girl to
stay and listen to his "quick" lecture?
Yeah, for about 20 seconds. Obviously he's a violent sexual predator for
doing so. /sarcasm off
At *most* he should have been charged with simple assault, but even that
would be ridiculous considering that if he hadn't put hands on her in
the first place, she'd have been run over.
But even if he did force her to listen to his lecture, how in the hell
does the state go from that to charging him as a sex offender?
We're getting so hysterical as a society over the pedophile bogeyman
that we're ruining people's lives at a brisk rate for no good reason.
CNN took Florida's sex offender criteria and looked at Miami. Turns out
the only place in the entire city of Miami where a registered sex
offender can legally live is in the middle of Biscayne Bay under the
Some states are creating sex offenses out of things that have no sexual
element to them whatsoever. There are people on sex offender registries
who did nothing more than urinate in public. Stagger out of a bar, take
whizz in an alley, and suddenly you're registering as a pervert for the
rest of your life, can't live or work anywhere there's kids, and end up
under a bridge in the middle of the ocean. Urinating in public is no
more a sex offense than computer hacking or reckless driving. Yet that's
what we've come to in our righteous zeal to root out these darned
perverts and make them pay.
And why is it so damn necessary that we track sex offenders and alert
the public to their every move, but not any other kind of offenders?
Personally, I'd be more concerned if someone just moved into my
neighborhood who just got out prison for 2nd-degree murder. But *that*
guy doesn't have to register with anyone or tell anyone about his
whereabouts. Neither does the guy who served 15-20 for a string of home
invasions-- another individual I'd surely like to know about. But the
guy who had sex with his 17-year-old girlfriend when he was 19? Yeah,
that guy we're going to track like he's Osama bin Laden.