NCRSOL E. D. wants to educate public about sex offense registry

By Anton L. Delgado . . . When Dwayne Daughtry meets someone for the first time, it rarely starts with an introduction.

“Every day I feel like I’m reliving my crime all over again,” Daughtry said. “When people talk to me, the first thing they want to hear about is what I did — not what I do or who I am.”

In 2011, Daughtry was charged with sexual battery — the only misdemeanor that leads to being listed as a sex offender. Other offenses that end with registration range from possession of child pornography to rape.

The federal government requires law enforcement to make the personal information of an offender — name, race, sex, height, weight, address, birthday, scars, marks, tattoos, eye and hair color — public.

Daughtry and more than 25,600 people are listed on North Carolina’s Sex Offender Registry. In 2019, just over 1,300 registrants were added, which is more than any other year in the last two decades.

Alamance County is home to 390 registrants as of this February. This is the ninth highest concentration of sex offenders in the state; on average there are 185 registrants per county.

Every day, a registrant walks into Lt. Bray McAteer’s office, shakes his hand and asks for help. As the deputy in charge of the Sheriff’s Office’s Special Victims Unit, McAteer and his eight-person team monitor the registered offenders in Alamance County.

“You’ve got people on the registry that are true predators. But you also have guys that are 18 or 19 years old — a senior in high school who slept with a freshman — and they have to deal with the exact same things as a pedophile or a rapist,” McAteer said. “I’ve been doing the sex offender registry for four years now, and to be honest, there’s not a lot out there for them.” . . .

More than 91% of registrants in Alamance [County] and North Carolina are considered low-risk offenders, meaning they are not violent predators, aggregative offenders or recidivists.

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      facts should matter

      It’s as though we’re intentionally being made a spectacle out of on purpose. Oh wait, we are! Fear sells itself when it comes to being tried in the court of public opinion, so any attempt to assuage that unwarranted fear will be met with heavy resistance and spin from the cops and lawmakers. That is why the proponent’s go-to argument: “it’s a public safety tool” needs to be debunked and discredited. That would also render mute their “it’s already public information” nonsense.

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      Tim in WI

      EDUCATE AWAY,
      Begin by calling it what it is, A gov database. Call it a property. Call the regime a plantation it acts just like one.

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      Dwayne Daughtry

      One positive thing that has transpired from this article is that the law school is keenly interested in issues affecting those on the registry. Academic lawyers are beginning to reach out to NCRSOL for questions and guidance on how to “rid of the registry.”

      However, it was a brave student writer that reached out to me to better understand the registry from our perspective and the police perspective. He was courageous enough to write about the NARSOL mission and blend it well with the realities and perspectives of others. The writer walked away, feeling that the registry served the purpose of continual punishment. I didn’t have to make the argument. He discovered and learned to share amongst others. The writer for this story was recently recognized by the Pulitzer Center. Just imagine once he has a larger platform and audience to reach to build off such stories?

      Education takes time. Reaching that audience could take a significantly longer period. But we must keep trying to educate.

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      Tj

      If the media and politicians should post facts and not fear mongering bs maybe the world would see the registry for what it is.

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      JJJJ

      Let’s call it what it really is – a government blacklist.
      We have all been blacklisted by our government.

    • #73884 Reply
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      Patriot

      This corrupt system loves having 2nd class citizens it can be tyrannical over.

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