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November 14, 2017 at 10:01 am #27041
By Julie Cornell . . .I’ve made people’s stories my life’s work. I’m a person who talks to people sitting next to me on airplanes. I engage people at
[See the full post at: “A sex offender wants to talk to you”; reporter’s journey leads her to Nebraskans Unafraid]
November 14, 2017 at 10:48 am #27043
Perhaps the most balanced reporting on the issue I have ever read.
November 14, 2017 at 10:48 am #27045
Something hit me while reading this article. We are all in a catch 22 situation. If we don’t reoffend then guess what, they say the registry works, if we do reoffend then they say the same thing. Personally, my offending or not offending has nothing to do with this stupid registry, it is a personal commitment I make to myself every minute of every day.
November 14, 2017 at 1:39 pm #27066
People are ignorant and that’s why they are easily manipulated by the “government. The registry has nothing to do with “their” concern about sex offenders. It was easily passed as a law because of the perceived fear of society, which was leveraged and the law passed. It was passed to permanently increase the number of personnel on payrolls of law enforcement. If they were seriously concerned, can you imagine how many people could be prosecuted for what they did in High School? I’ll bet the majority of people had sex in High School with someone underage. This behavior is taught by other adults; who are never traced back or prosecuted. In consensual situations, where there is money involved, or a simple agreement to engage, everything is fine until the experience is later perceived in an aberrant way to the person it was “okay” with at the time. This activity goes back to Roman times in the 1500’s.
November 14, 2017 at 4:22 pm #27086
Well, I find it funny when it comes to gun control like what happened today in California that the government aknowledges gun control would not have stopped anything from happening.
Trump: Gun control would not have helped stop Texas shooting
It will be nice when they admit the registry does the exact same thing…nothing. If someone wants to do something violent or sexual or both, they will do it regardless if they are registered or not.
November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm #27135
I live in Wisconsin and Gov. Walker just signed a bill allowing children of any age to hunt with firearms as long as they are accompanied by an adult that has passed a Hunter’s Safety course. The child DOES NOT have to attend Hunter’s Safety classes.
Apparently, “the statistics” show that allowing this isn’t risky at all. Yeah, right. But I can’t put up holiday decorations cuz THAT would be dangerous?
Did you hear that sound? That was my head exploding….
November 14, 2017 at 4:22 pm #27087
I’m with you on that. I’ve lost 2 jobs so far since I’ve been out because of the registry here. Someone looks me up and hates me. Wants me fired. Gets me fired. Who’s gonna defend a sex offender? My wife hates it. It affects them also. I’m not harassed at home but in public I have been. Everyone knows the truth in my cases. But what can you do?
I keep myself from reoffending. Not the registry. I only fear more targeted persecution.
November 14, 2017 at 12:31 pm #27060
Most likly the most balanced news piece I have read in some time. At least not blatantly biased like some..
Reality is this.. Anything and Everything a person does in life is a series of choices. Some society accepts as good and some society accepts as bad. Every choice has mitigating factors that influence why it is made..Every cycle and choice can be interrupted.That is the fact of life.. The person you are at 5 is not who you are at 15 and not who you are at 25 or 35 or 45..ect…Thoughts,opinions and interests all change as we advance in age.It is extremely rare indeed the person that has the same interests at 45 as when they were 25.
There are many issues with sex crimes, which is why there are many different approaches necessary for rehabilitation.. and all the registries do is hide the issue so that the answers can never be found.. Society does not want answers and it does want a solution!
Here is a small example: There is a large amount of factual science and medical data that supports the possibilities many youthful offenders (12-27) of sex crimes actually have chemical imbalances along with social coping skill disorders that influence their poor decision making process AND that these things can be identified interrupted and/or prevented!! But rather than lean on scientific/medical data and rehabilitate or MAYBE even prevent the crime in the first place,society prefers to incarcerate and brand.. So while society will never admit it society does have the tools to intervene in many cases BUT chooses not to. society’s hands are not clean.
Why is this? Look at history.. society NEEDS someone to hate, someone to torture to make themselves feel better. Slavery of blacks and Irish has been outlawed, Burning witches is no longer acceptable, feeding Christians to lions is challenging since not everyone has lions, blowing Asians up in mines has been decided unacceptable,torturing and castrating the mentally ill isn’t popular anymore,and the Mccarthyism Commie round up has run its course.. someone had to be next.. Since America has never really left its regressive puritan roots creating the sex offender scare is perfect.. The only way it will ever stop in America is when the demons that created it find anouther group of people to assault.. Honestly I wouldn’t be surprised to see castrations, public executions, electrotherapy and maybe even burnings make a comeback.. You think I am talking extreme? Look at what some states are already doing..
November 14, 2017 at 3:13 pm #27073
I agree. I just wish I was a Witch. At least I could fly around.
A lot of the “research” is outdated and flawed. The research doesn’t differentiate between the levels or how a person reoffends (meaning not a sex reoffense). It’s “not acceptable” for politicians to put money aside for actual studies, since that might prove what they don’t want to hear. Instead, people on both sides of the isle will vote unanimously for a draconian law to mark us (passport).
November 14, 2017 at 12:40 pm #27062
Craig Bennett Hallenstein
Great article, Julie. Here’s a statistic from last year’s NARSOL conference. Of the 800,000 registered sex offenders in the U.S., 200,000 are CHILDREN between the ages of 10 and 18–the very group the registry was put in place to protect! Appalling, right? No studies since California instituted the first registry in the 1940s have ever shown that registries keep kids safe. On the other hand, kids ARE at risk of landing on sex offender registries for doing the things kids have always done. I was listening to the radio a decade ago when I suddenly heard a talk show host blather, “We oughta round ’em all up and burn ’em in ovens.” After regaining my composure and figuring out he was talking about sex offenders, I thought there might be a story in that. Eight years of research and writing later, I published THE DOLPHIN, a psychological thriller with a registrant as the protagonist. In review after review on Amazon, people write, “I had no idea.” The registry debacle remains one of our nation’s best kept secrets. Thanks, Julie, for shedding a bit more light.
November 16, 2017 at 11:46 am #27321
Just ordered your book from Amazon and can’t wait to read it. You are right- almost ALL feedback is positive. Thank you so much. As we shine more light on this issue the sooner the truth will grow.
November 14, 2017 at 12:40 pm #27063
Rose Marie Jueden
What av wonderful article by the news reporter who took the time to travel to Nebraska now everyone read this meaningful article.
November 14, 2017 at 1:39 pm #27067
A saying of mine ( not a sex offender) is always something like this, “ Where is the list for the murderers, those who abuse children or elderly? Those convicted of crimes toward animals?” There is no list because it’s unlawful to have such a list! After these people serve their time, they are free to begin again! So again, a child murderer can start again but not a young man who might have dated someone younger? It makes no sense. It’s awesome when a mainstream reporter can dig a little deeper! The thousands on these registries need to be heard! The recidivism rate is not an issue. More should open their eyes!
November 14, 2017 at 3:13 pm #27070
With the current state of the registry system, biases and discrimination, I’m really surprised that we don’t see what happened in Vegas playing out more often.
What I’d really like to see is SOs be put in a protected class like gays (before you send the hate mail, I’m gay).
In the WA state prison system now, attacks on inmates based on their crimes are treated as hate crimes by the state and prosecuted as such.
November 14, 2017 at 3:13 pm #27074
No offense, but we should not have lists. That’s how more serious abuses happen. That’s when excuses can easily be made for abusing peoples’ rights. Look at the No Fly List. They won’t even tell anyone who’s on it, but it can have huge ramifications. Every time a politician wants to pass a law and look good, while simultaneously creating a law against a group they don’t like, they simply need to create a new law against everyone on The List.
Black listing people, is another form of Listing. Everyone can have it happen, but nobody wants it. But that’s what a Sex Offender Registry is, yet another way to ostracize a group of people.
Trust me, we don’t need any lists.
November 14, 2017 at 3:21 pm #27080
Angie is not advocating for any lists. She is making a valid and logical point. There is no logic is subjecting one class of individuals to regulations when all other classes are exempt from the same consequences. By pointing that out and the fact that this one particular class is among those with the lowest recidivism rates further pushes the message of the uselessness of the registry laws. She also pointed out that lists are unlawful.
November 15, 2017 at 11:05 am #27252
Unfortunately sex offenders won’t be put into a protected class, even felons aren’t in a protected class.
With more studies suggesting there is no choice in being gay it is protected with race, disability etc.
November 14, 2017 at 3:13 pm #27075
totally against public registry
It is great to read this article by this intelligent young woman. I still don’t agree with having a public registry. I will keep saying this. Taking some off the registry and leaving some on does not do justice to the ones staying on. No one should be on a public registry, period!
November 14, 2017 at 5:04 pm #27093
We’re the modern day lepers with a scarlet letter on our forehead for all to see.
November 14, 2017 at 5:22 pm #27096
I read the full article and also watched the news video clip. This guy was duped by an underage girl who lied and said she was 19. This sort of thing happens time and time again; young teens lying about their ages. Yet all we hear are ‘experts’ talking about reform for the OFFENDER. What damn reform does someone need who was lied to??!!!
How about reform these damn teenagers who are desperate for attention by lying about their ages and going on dating sites that are meant for 18+ ??
I’m sick of this “they’ve paid their debt to society and they have been reformed” crap! What have they been reformed from? Falling for liars?
No one ever touches this topic. They only talk about “Romeo and Juliet” situations.
A young teen who lies about their age is NOT A VICTIM. Period!
November 15, 2017 at 12:40 am #27147
In WA state, I ran into a dark apartment at 3 am because a woman cried for help. 10 minutes later the Sheriff Deputy arrived. Placed me in hand cuffs and I was arrested for Rape!!! He said at trial that the woman identified me, a fact she denied on the witness stand 6 times! But, unfortunately, Sex Offenses in WA courts are “Guilty until proven Innocent”. I served 14 years for a crime I didn’t commit. The DNA collected from her fingernails(she said she bit and scratched her attacker) was never tested, even after numerous pleas from me to do so. I am now required to register and cannot leave the county unless approved by a Community Corrections Officer. If I want to leave WA, THEY have to approve where I go and the state I move to MUST continue to monitor me based on WA state rules! This system MUST be overturned. Is there no Lawyer who has the guts to challenge this obvious breach of civil rights?
November 14, 2017 at 5:39 pm #27099
The Registry would be considered illegal, and unconstitutional if the roughly 800,000 people on it were convicted of any other crime except so-called sex offending. All others pay their debt to society and are freed to pick up the pieces of their lives. Some will go right back through the prison doors because they have been the victims of a justice system in which punishment reigns supreme and rehabilitation is a dirty word. But many of them move on and build new and lawful lives. Not so for sex offenders. . . .
It all began in the eighties when a couple of disgruntled Congressmen slipped through the incipient sex offender legislation that has burgeoned into a huge poisonous web of hatred based on ignorance in this enlightened twenty-first century. It is true that there are good numbers of sex offenders on the registry who have committed heinous crimes against children–and women. But it is also true that there are huge numbers of sex offenders who have committed the most minimal of crimes. Consider the old man–or even a very young man–who got caught exposing himself when he couldn’t wait and relieved himself behind a bush. Consider the eighteen-year-old boy who got caught making love to his seventeen-year-old girlfriend. Consider, thousands of men who were invited into a chat room by a “friend” but had no idea what they were getting into, and then once charged, were forced into making pleas for fear of spending thirty years in federal prison rather than fifteen with a plea and a lifetime on the registry. There are many thousands of men in American prisons, who have no criminal records, no history of violence, no desire to to harm our nation’s young, but who were curious and took a peek, or who were invited to take a peek by a “friend” because misery loves company. These men are not criminals: they made a mistake–to the delight and pleasure of vehement US Attorneys who send these men to prisons with overlong sentences. It keeps the prison system in business.
And yet overlong prison sentences and the registry do not promote justice; Clearly, they represent a travesty of justice in this great land.
November 14, 2017 at 7:14 pm #27103
Allen decorated Vet
I agree with everything that’s been stated, that is what Angie was saying SW, Fred… that analogy between gun control registry and sex offender registry was absolutely perfect that’s louder than a million pictures… the only
November 14, 2017 at 7:14 pm #27104
Allen decorated Vet
I agree with you about stated regarding registry for
November 14, 2017 at 8:18 pm #27133
Wonderful “fearless” reporting Julie! Thank you!!!
November 14, 2017 at 9:30 pm #27139
Sandy I am impressed, you go girl! Sure their are some good articles on here and one’s that hit close to a person’s heart. ” A sex offender wants to talk to you” This newsreporter that gave this sex offender audience to speak out. Now without telling my age, and while I live over in Virginia now, I was. One of my sister was in the band during the time of the of the plane crash at Marshall. Yes I am from the old school and don’t quite know about a lot of this new stuff.
Yes growing up in the 60′ & 70’s is quite different. Sure I had my weekend warrior times but I came out of it without to much bad influence or getting wrapped up in drugs, even the whole women’s movement and segration and things of that nature. Went to business college even worked out at a few National Parks,met a gal and her girlfriend out their and she is the one that nicked me Saddles but I found out she wasn’t for me as she was more Ivy league and that that wouln’t work.Even our religous backgrounds were different and that was in the 80s. Sure I still wanted to search out more about my life. Here’s a question for everybody.
Who really know’s a sex offender or his or her feelings unless they walk in their shoes. Sure I was on an adult chat site but it seems that didn’t matter. Sure I asked questions as to why that person a teenager was on this site as I said this is an adult site…. Than comes, lies, after lies, after lies.
Now you all knock me out if I’m out of line, you too maestro, and I believe its time for all of us to stand up for everybody caught up in some of this rediculos stuff. See I’m in the era back in the time of Mod Squad and the Fugitive and wholesome progams. Some of the things today are not my bag but this article should be a wake up call to help your neighbor out. I know its tough at times but we all have to carry on.
Tim up their said a well balanced article, Kendel said this stuff is like a catch-22 and I agree with all the other comments. So sometimes we all have to say Power to the people right on!
November 15, 2017 at 8:02 am #27202
“ Consider the eighteen-year-old boy who got caught making love to his seventeen-year-old girlfriend. ”
Or, consider the countless older men (20+ yrs of age) who screwed up one time by having romantic relationships with teenage girls that were not yet legal consent age but they don’t go around trying to have relationships with EVERY teenage girl on the planet but yet still get deemed a “predator”.
Consider the many “predators” who end up marrying their “prey”.
It’s not just about 18 and 17 and 16 (and furthermore, no 18 yr old is gonna get in trouble for being with someone 1 yr younger. Let’s not exaggerate.)
November 15, 2017 at 8:34 am #27238
Depends on the state. In some they can and have.
November 16, 2017 at 1:18 pm #27334
This brought up a question I had on the Video about age of consent. If a 14 year old cannot consent, which was made very evident in that video, then if 2 14 year olds have sex, do they both get convicted?
November 16, 2017 at 4:35 pm #27359
The answer is the same; it depends on the state. Some states do prosecute and even register both partners in under-age relationships. Several years ago the state of Utah prosecuted both a 12 year old boy and his pregnant, 13 year old girlfriend for sexual abuse of a child under 14. They were each named as the victim in the other’s case. They were both put on the registry.
November 17, 2017 at 11:43 am #27465
Did you hear that loud boom? That was my head exploding. How can someone be the perpetrator and victim in the same crime? Does’t anyone ever pause to say”What exactly are we doing”? This should be the flagship case to show that America is out of control with this shite and the entire thing be taken down.
November 15, 2017 at 11:05 am #27253
Ken and Ellen Ackerman
The third newscast from KETV Omaha: http://www.ketv.com/article/sex-offender-support-group-reaches-out-to-former-offenders/13665156, Julie Cornell shows what my wife and I are doing to help those on the registry in Omaha. This is one reason Julie was able to give such a positive picture of our citizen registrants.
November 15, 2017 at 10:31 pm #27290
Dear Ms. Cornell,
A mother of a sex offender would like to talk to you. That would be me.
I’m sure there’s so many others who’d like to share with you how repressive and unconstitutional laws are restricting basic living.
November 16, 2017 at 10:34 am #27313
I watched Part 3 last night. “J” was given an eviction notice after his landlord saw him on TV.
Do we realize how amazing it is that Julie Cornell reported on this issue? A fair and balanced segment on sex offenders? In the mainstream media?
Compare to other “investigative journalism” regarding sex offenders- which is usually nothing more than a google search.
I wonder what impression the average viewer got from the piece? Did it change some minds? Perhaps plant the seeds of enlightenment?
I am so grateful to Julie Cornell and KETV for having the guts to air this.
November 16, 2017 at 7:43 pm #27408
Actually I’m glad all this is sort of opening up as you and also myself don’t want to have to go thru a lot of this, what do they call it, a lifetime on a registry. Sure we could all stand or just just give up on all this sex offender stuff, predator, of dirty old man stuff but it seems on a lot of this sex offender issue they are trying to “buff” one.
Now when government go overboard on all this somebody has to step up to the plate and say enough is enough.
“Leave those folks alone. Its like we all are another brick in the wall.
Yes safety is good and yes I do believe in justice. Are we all in a war of some kind. Back in the Vietnam says when you were drafted you either had two choices. Go to war or go to Canada . Now in war one kills, is this situation all any different after one has paid his or her time.
Or say who has the biggest potty mouth or who can act like Jethro Bodine, without getting out of line. Come on people who’s playing house and who’s under the covers still.
Sure age can be a factor in some instances but answer me this how old was David and Bathsheba. Now that might be a wrong way to compare but people do make errors even parents finding out about this and that and getting police involved. Like the Beatles said, we can work it out.
So I believe all this can work its way out. One didn’t murder anyone did they. Reconciling is the best way to work out anything.
November 16, 2017 at 10:21 pm #27440
When you consider the idiocy of how most, if not all, states do this, example:
1) Billy commits a sexual offense of some type on February 1, 1988 and is later senteneced to 10 years probation, to be completed on January 31, 1998. Billy is marred and have three children in public school.
2) Bob commits the exact same sexual offense two days later on February 3, 1988 and is also sentenced to 10 years probation, to be completed on February 2, 1998. Bob is also married and has three children in public school.
A few months earlier, in September 1987, before either man made the same mistake, the state legislature passed a PROSPECTIVE (as compared to ‘retroactive’) statute stating that anyone who commits the specified offense on or after February 2, 1988…OR…is still incarcerated or still on supervision on or after February 2, 1988 for the specified offense, qualifies to be designated as a sexual offender and will be subject to registration and public notification for life.
Billy will have completed his sentence just one day before the statute takes affect, thus avoiding the sex offender designation. He will never have to register as a sex offender. His mugshot will never be in the local newspaper. The police will never come by to verify he still lives at the same address. He can take his kids to the park and attend all their school functions and none of the other parents will be none the wiser. He will never have to report to the shefiff’s office 1 to 4 times per year. And the soccer mom with 4 small children who lives next door will never know what Billy, even though he coaches her child’s soccer team and her kids spend the night at his house with his children.
Bob, on the other hand, who committed the exact same offense just two short days after Billy, will have missed the mark by just one day, and his life and name will be forever ruined.
Even had Billy and Bob committed the exact same offense on the exact same day (February 1, 1988) but, while Billy only got ten years probation, Bob got 10 years and 1 day probation, to be completed ON February 2, 1998, the date the statute went into effect, his life and name is ruined.
How many tens of thousands of Billy’s are walking around free, with their deeds unknow to their neighbors and rest of the world, simply because they beat a deadline, so to speak? When you think about it, by setting a DATE to enact a statute, whereby one man walks away unscathed by this scarlet letter and another man similar situated is destroyed as a result of missing the deadline, as it were, you realize the government has, in effect, determined that while both Billy and Bob committed the exact same offense, Billy is not a risk or threat to society whereas Bob is worthy of all the horrible, nightmarish restrictions and lifetime stigma that comes with being designated as a sexual offender.
Does this even make any sense???
Florida decided it would not make sex offender registration and public notification retroactive to tens of thousands of offenders who beat the deadline of September 1, 1997, wherein those men and women had completed their sentence before then and were not on any type of supervision on or after that date. Those people are still living all around us and going about their lives as usual. They’re living next door to single mom, Suzy, and her five children. They’re attending church with Suzy and her children, sitting on the same church pews and maybe even teaching Sunday School. They’re driving the school bus that picks up Suzy’s kids every morning. They’re coaching Suzy’s kids in soccer or basketball. They’re the cashier at Toys ‘R Us where Suzy takes her kids to pick out birthday toys. They’re sitting on the bench at the park where Suzy’s kids are just a few feet away on the merry-go-round, and the list goes on. Yet, short of Suzy suspecting something about that man or woman, or making the effort out of her busy schedule to go down to the local courthouse to do some digging on her neighbors (if the record hasn’t been expunged or sealed), Suzy is clueless and unaware of all the Billy’s all around her and her children on a daily basis.
There is so much hypocrisy with all of this registraton nonsense and stupidity, it’s sickening. But, I am a firm believer in what goes around, comes around. Looks like the house of cards these self-serving, two-faced, hypocritical public servants built is now beginning to crumble down all around them as one after another the secrets and skeletons are coming into the light, exposing their sex crimes and indiscretions. You know who they are…they are the same ones (e.g., Al Franken, Bill Clinton) who judge others the harshest and the same ones who come up with laws to continuously punish RSO’s and, consequently, their families. It is all about DEFLECTING from their own dirty deeds taking place behind closed doors with a check in hand to keep their victims quiet…or so they thought. Even some in the Florida legislature are coming under attack as details of sordid sexual misdeeds, including a house rented out for their perverted, deviant acts, come to light. Makes me wonder now why SCOTUS declined to hear the Snyder case, after so many were certain they would take the case and rule against the RSO plaintiffs. Could it be that some sitting on the nation’s highest court are members of, or at least knowledgeable of, the now-exposed global pedophile ring catering to wealthy celebrity and political elitists? Have you ever wondered why so many kids can disappear off the street and only to be seen again on the back of a milk carton on a flyer hanging on a wall at your local Wal-Mart? Have you ever considered that just maybe this ring reaches right on down to your local mayor and sheriff? Consider:
November 17, 2017 at 8:46 am #27451
hey BB I understand your frustration a bit but I don’t understand different state laws in different states. To use an ole phrase I heard many years ago,. I don’t care what you call me just don’t call me late for supper. I don’t believe a lot of people actually on the registry can understand man’s ways, but you see man seems to look at it as logical to keep one on the registry for life after they have either got on the phone got wrapped up in this con or touched a gal inappropriately or some type of underage relationship.
Seems like man’s laws change with each new full moon. No wonder I liked wolf man Jack …lol . But hey guys keep your spirits up you’ve still got friends. and I did like James Taylor growing up and yes maestro, I’ve been known to take a walk on the wild side but I always like getting back in my saddle.
A lot of these frustrations will be over soon. As one of my buddies said Rome wasn’t built in a day but they started on it. We are all here for change & a better future.
February 22, 2020 at 10:40 pm #68579
i hay my name is michael i been on the sex offer registry for life i been herassed by people every day i can not goout side and have people look at me aand herassed by these people every day i get herassed all the time it hurts me a lot its like no boby cares and it puts stress on my family i been trying to get off it but i am a lifer i have two kids a set of twins