I don’t know how to word this without sounding like I’m minimizing or rationalizing my offense. I am labeled as a violent sex offender. I befriended a young boy aged 5 or 6 and molested him back in 2002. I did not use threats of violence. I was very kind and gentle with the little boy. He was NEVER afraid of being around me; in fact, he was my shadow. What I did was deplorable because I took advantage of a little boy I knew didn’t have the nurturing relationships he craved. I was wrong and can never justify what I did, but it was NEVER violent in the traditional, common sense use of the term. I never yelled at him, threatened him, or raised a hand to him. My crime is “violent” because of the boy’s age and nothing more. I think only truly literally violent offenders should wear that label. Devious, sneaky, subversive, manipulative and morally depraved? Yes. Violent? No.