36 sex offenders? Really?

By Sandy . . . NARSOL has so often called for truth in headlines and articles dealing with persons registered as sexual offenders. We hope that not all of the ears on which our pleas fall are as deaf as OFFICER.com appears to be. Of course, we consider the source and recognize that anything called OFFICER.com will be a self-promoting publication trying hard to convince the public that two South Carolina law enforcement entities plus the U.S. Marshal’s Service were justified in spending over 200 man-hours to bring these miscreants down.

“ ‘Operation Spartanburg’ nets 36 sex offenders.” For those who read only the headlines, their mission of fooling the public is accomplished. For everyone else, this would be a joke were it not your tax dollars and mine that have been so flagrantly thrown away.

36 persons. Of that number, three are identified as “sex offenders,” which means they are on the sexual offense registry, and all three of their arrests were for failure to register, which could mean anything from being a day late to failing to record a new car or change of address to falsifying information to not registering at all.

Three were arrested on drug charges: two for possession and the third for intent to distribute; two for possession of stolen property; one for forgery; and one for domestic violence. One was arrested on a plethora of charges, among them attempted murder, and is quite possibly the only career criminal in the bunch and, with the exceptions of the man allegedly intending to distribute drugs close to a school and the alleged domestic violence abuser, the only serious threat to public safety.

23 were arrested for a variety of parole violations. None of those were identified as sexual offenders, and I somehow doubt that OFFICER.com would have passed up the opportunity to use that label if they possibly could.

If you are counting, the total arrested is 34, not 36. And in spite of the bait-click headline, only three appear to be persons on a sexual offense registry.

US Marshal Tom Griffin for the District of South Carolina, attempting to justify the involvement of the marshals in a situation so important that it had to be given a name, said, “Sex-offenders are given the opportunity to start over in society, but if they violate their court ordered requirements the US Marshals are ready to assist in locating these individuals and bring them back for court proceedings.”

His self-serving statement might ring truer if more than 3 of the 36 — make that 34 — arrested were classified as sex offenders.

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Sandy Rozek

Sandy is communications director for NARSOL, editor-in-chief of the Digest, and a writer for the Digest and the NARSOL website. Additionally, she participates in updating and managing the website and assisting with a variety of organizational tasks.

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    • #43078 Reply

      Was this article you’re speaking of on their website or in a newspaper? If it’s a newspaper then I would send your article to that newspaper and keep sending it until they run it.
      If it’s on their website, I would advise that you link their site in your article on social media so they can get some backlash about how they actually ARE being self serving and looking for a pat on the back for ….. nothing.

      • #43080 Reply
        Sandy Rozek
        Sandy Rozek

        It’s an online publication. My piece is on social media, and the link to their story is in the piece. I just wish this sort of thing were rare or even unusual, but it isn’t.

        • #44073 Reply

          Hi Sandy,

          Thank you for the article and all the work that you do. There is something I recently learned that I wanted to bring to everyone’s attention with regards to the South Carolina registry. SC no longer has a Tier 1 classification. They have now classified ALL former Tier 1 offenders as Tier 2.

          16 years ago, I pled guilty to a 1st offense peeping Tom charge. It was a non-contact offense, but it requires lifetime registry in SC (I didn’t learn of this until after I pled guilty, and because it was a misdemeanor I only had 10 days to appeal. I didn’t have an attorney, and didn’t learn I could appeal til years later. But that window has long passed)

          In any event, I was never sentenced to prison and received 2 years probation. I completed it successfully and was required to complete mandatory therapy. Based on my assessment and charge, I was placed in Tier 1 (lowest risk). A couple of days ago, I looked at the registry and found they have increased me to Tier level 2 – in spite of the fact I’ve had no re-offense and 16 years have passed.

          I immediately contacted SLED by email, and asked why my classification has been increased. SLED’s email response was, “South Carolina no longer has Tier I.
          Per our state law, this offense warrants tier II registration.”

          I was never notified, re-assessed, nor given any other explanation or opprtunity for Due process as to why SC no longer has a Tier 1 level.

          I wanted to pass this information along to you and other members. Im unsure if anyone else is aware of this. I cannot understand why SC has made this move. My understanding is SC is SORNA compliant now, but I thought SORNA required states to classify 3 Tiers?

    • #43107 Reply

      Spartanburg County Stupid Office!

    • #43169 Reply
      Facts should matter

      “Sex-offenders are given the opportunity to start over in society.”

      Being on the registry is NOT a second chance.. It’s a life-ending impediment!

      • #43182 Reply

        A chance to start over? A Chance to start over???? In the words of Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, “Bovine Scatology!!!!” What a blatant LIE!! This pish-posh about a chance to start over is nothing more than verbiage needed to legally avoid the registry being recognized as an unending punishment under color of civil regulation. “Collateral damage” is legalese for “Tough noogies!”. In other words, we don’t care how this destroys the offenders’ lives, the lives of his or her family, or puts the offender, the offender’s family or friends in harm’s way.

    • #43238 Reply

      Being on the Sex Offender Register is like having stocks on both feet and having a 24/7 spotlight over ones head. Having any kind of felony record can bar a person from having a job, an apartment, and it is especially so if one has sex offense felony; there is really no starting over for those on the Registry. I am a college graduate with IT degree and used to make almost 100k salary per year before few years; “starting over” sounds like a feel good rhetoric that’s intended for public ears but far away from the truth.

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      NH Registrant

      It’s stunning how they lie about it. Only 3 of the ones grabbed were on the registry. The rest were for all different crimes. But, they call it “36 Sex Offenders”. Unbelievable.

      I am really starting to hate the general public and their ignorance. I was going through my Twitter today and I was going to follow someone I admired. But, then, on the person’s feed, I saw a story of how this woman killed her husband after finding his underage porn stash. They aren’t even trying the woman for that. They’re trying her for welfare fraud. They put the crime down to manslaughter instead of murder. And the person I was going to follow said something like: “Good. One less monster in the world.” And that tweet was followed by hundreds of others praising the woman for killing the man. It made me sick.

      I was convicted for the very same thing: possession. And I am a pariah for the rest of my life on the registry. Second chances? Nope. You get no second chances. You have to have your information and picture open for anyone to get along with a convenient map to your house. I can fully understand why some on the registry choose to end their lives. Living under the constant possibility of someone coming to your house and doing harm to you or your family is a living hell.

      The general public doesn’t care. They just would be glad to see you gone. How do we cope with that? How do we cope with being the black sheep of society? It’s a sick world we live in. Murderers and people who sell drugs to children, people who beat their families, people who break into people’s homes – they get a second chance when they finally get out. Just ridiculous.

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