Registered sex offender among those honored at ceremony for murdered children

By Jackie Mundry . . . In 2006, William Elliot was sought out and shot because he was a registered sex offender. On Sunday, he will be honored by the Maine chapter of Parents of Murdered Children.

His mother, Shirley Turner, says he was on this list because he had consensual sex with an underage girlfriend.

“But he was 19 when he got involved with a young girl and ended up on the Maine sex offender registry,” she said.

Turner says she’s surprised that Elliot will be honored because she hasn’t gotten much support over the years but is looking forward to talking to other people that have had a child taken away from them. Because losing a loved one to murder isn’t like anything else.

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      Interesting article. It caused me to wonder though, if someone like William Elliot-even though now deceased- may still be on the SO registry.

      So…after typing in “Does the SO registry get updated when a registrant passes away?”, I found some interesting articles. For example:

      “Seven years after Justin’s parents found his lifeless body in his bedroom, they received a letter addressed to Justin from Karen Johnson, manager of the Sex Offender and Registry Enforcement Unit, saying that Justin would be removed from the public part of the registry and he might be eligible to have it removed from the registry altogether….”

      Wow….one would certainly hope. Further…

      “When asked about Justin’s name remaining on the registry seven years after his death, state police spokeswoman Shanon Banner said that names are not removed from the registry unless a family member sends the registry enforcement unit a death certificate.”

      Just another example of how the registry fails to protect the public…or, is there a threat of the RSO dead now too?

      I would love to see a more in depth article on this frequency of this kind of situation.

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