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January 30, 2018 at 11:37 am #32954
This is a story of a man who, like so many of our supporters, has a past history that includes a sexual assault conviction and required public
[See the full post at: Courage: Yes, sex offender registrants have it too]
January 30, 2018 at 12:35 pm #32958
A great human being doing a great deed, how wonderful! Today on my way home from the store I read a quote on a business sign, not sure if I can do the direct quote, but it goes something like this, “Fear is a reaction but Courage is a decision” Maybe its a Winston Churchill quote but it sure is a good one. All of us affected by the registry need to believe this and practice it every day along with gratitude. It is what turns bad situations into good and lets our enimies know we are strong, and will not let our situation bring us down.
January 30, 2018 at 12:35 pm #32960
totally against public registry
Good for you Marty! You should be proud of yourself. Everyone makes mistakes in life but we learn from the harsh reality and then want to move on and live our lives in peace like every other citizen in this country. Moving forward!
January 30, 2018 at 2:48 pm #32981
You should be very very proud of yourself. I don’t even know you and I feel privileged to have read your story. If more people would read stories like this maybe they’d do something to help get rid of that registration and leave people get on with they’re lives.
January 30, 2018 at 2:48 pm #32982
I wish people would see this side of our lives. In the many years on the registry I have diffused several situations of violence between other people.
Twice I’ve been asked to stay around at a grocery store because a cashier said she was scared of a certain individuals that had come in and they were alone if I left.
Numerous times ive been asked to stay after hours for bar closings because bartenders wanted peace of mind to walk to their cars.
Some of these people knew about my status. Some didn’t. But I obliged and would help again.
I always found it tongue in cheek when a person is talking to me about some other sex offender. And they spit hate about all sex offenders. But prior to and after our casual conversation they were friendly as could be. Some of the people Ive known beforehand, so I assumed they knew? And on so so many many occasions I get the “sex offenders are bad, but I’ve met you and you’re good. I can’t believe you are one!” conversion.
I could come up with dozens of small-medium good deeds. And a few emergency situations playing a positive role.
January 30, 2018 at 2:48 pm #32983
Thank you Marty for all that you do! It is an inspiring story you tell above.
January 30, 2018 at 2:48 pm #32984
The registry is a political career ladder & an experiment that violates rights and leads all in the direction if a false and illegal solution. It’s not a solution it’s punishment.
Remove the stigmas that are a restriction to better mental health & counseling access. There will always be human behaviour that is bad. But applying false solutions perpetuated through lies increases incidents not reduces them.
Kudos to this man for stepping up.
January 30, 2018 at 2:48 pm #32985
Good work fellow registrant.
January 30, 2018 at 3:48 pm #33001
When I was in Prison and had to go off grounds to see a Doctor, along with other inmates we went to early lunch in the chow hall. As we were eating our lunch an inmate sitting at the next table started to choak on his food. The COs looked on as one inmate from my table got up and did the Heimlich maneuver on the inmate. He was able to remove the food from the inmate…again, as the COs watched. The man that saved this man’s life is a Sex offender. I knew he was, but the man he saved didn’t know and I’m sure that he didn’t care…at that time.
January 30, 2018 at 3:48 pm #32999
This is a good story about loving thy neighbor and helping others.This registry seems to stigmatize everyone that got caught up in this devilish ordeal. So who put a stumbling block in front of you? The registry shouldn’t put a lot of us down. Physical encounters are a lot different than some made up scheme those law enforcments are doing. What I want to know is where are the basic Christian principals that this country was founded on, or least we forget. Sure I think some of the registry should be abolished and change needs to come.
What I would like to know is all those e-mails that one, on the registry, get wanting to engage with some hot sexy spice chat whether its a hot teen that’s not really old enough to be on an adult site, or a coy, or whatever thru the internet, and while I’m sure enforcment know that the person is already on the registry they will use any bait to try and trap one again thru this internet media. Someone should check that out as I’m sure it is ficitious at best.
January 30, 2018 at 5:04 pm #33017
Randy in PA
Since I retired two years ago I spend two days every week as a volunteer at Habitat for Humanity. No one, especially the new home owners, seem to care that I was on the registry for 11 years. They are much more interested in the fact that I can frame a house!
January 30, 2018 at 5:04 pm #33012
I have been a productive, engaged citizen and a community leader most of my life (in grammar school I was awarded a AAA ring for best leadership in safety; at age 11 I was the Boy Scout camper voted to Order of The Arrow). I and a colleague wrote the Charter application for the Black Owned First Independence National Bank of Detroit. I flew 900 hours as a Super Constellation Pilot-in-Command during my 41/2 year Navy tour. I have sailed more than 40,000 blue water miles as Captain, from one end of the Pacific ocean to the other. Entering my 70’s my second wife’s baby alarm went off,resulting in an adoption. I wound up sexually abusing the child (no penetration). I take responsibility for my actions, so I pled guilty, served jail time and all that. Now, thanks to Megan panic, I serve this add-on, never ending probation, a fate much closer to “Worse than Death” than anything I ever perpetrated. A world leader known for his use of registries is named Vladimir.
January 30, 2018 at 6:36 pm #33032
Way to go, Marty! As you say, some of us make mistakes.. some bigger than others. But we are more than simply to sum total of our mistakes. NEVER put limits on what you can accomplish; there are many other people who will try to do that for you.
January 30, 2018 at 6:36 pm #33035
Today the gentleman from “Glee” was found after he comitted suicide. He was facing 7 years for having child porn.I am sorry he couldn’t see through the cloudiest part of his life. We can be productive members of society… RIP Mark Salling
January 30, 2018 at 7:36 pm #33057
I read that too. I read through a couple hundred posts on Twitter and only a handful were understanding and compassionate, and they were attacked by the others. Most were hostile and lacked any compassion for him or his family. People are so quick to judge and write others off, especially on the internet.
January 30, 2018 at 7:23 pm #33049
Way to go Marty!
It’s a nice change of pace to hear about the good that people do, regardless if they happen to be a sex offender.
January 30, 2018 at 7:36 pm #33055
no matter how hard we show how being a better person. we have a target on our backs. my past does not control my future. Thank you Marty for your courage showing the world. Maybe one day we will not be looked at as people without value. Again thank you for your courage and doing the right thing.
January 30, 2018 at 9:05 pm #33064
I’m sorry you hear those horrible people. I’m so thankful someone like you was there to stand and protect Allie. Peace and Grace to you always.
January 30, 2018 at 9:06 pm #33068
I think one of the most important things for a SO to do is find a way to restore some honor to their lives.
January 31, 2018 at 1:27 am #33108
Marty…you would be a welcome and honored neighbor in my complex!!! Your actions in these situations were truly courageous and saved your neighbor from a violent beating or possible death. You are a precious friend and neighbor…wish you all the best!!
January 31, 2018 at 1:27 am #33111
Excellent story of how some LEO’S see past the past and how a past doesn’t define our future. Great job “Marty” for doing the right thing, saving someone’s life from harm.
To all my fellow SO’ s, we are people with purpose, let not our past define us. It may be hard to ride this wave, remember this; our lives do not end in a period.
Side note: I’m doing community service and the SGT at the Army Reserve thinks our war on changing laws is a good fight and he could care less as to my “offense”. Rise Above Friends!!
January 31, 2018 at 8:04 am #33120
Several of you have alluded to having a life that is meaningful despite being on the registry. That is what our Humans on the Registry project is all about. Please check it out and, if you are so inclined, sign up to be included in the project. https://humans.narsol.org/
February 1, 2018 at 9:33 am #33190
I’ve always believed that you cannot judge another human being just by their faults and the mistakes they have made in life. Yes it is part of who they are but often, probably in most cases, people have good parts facets to their character. Marty has certainly shown his. My son is a good person. He made a bad mistake but that can’t take away from the fact that he is also a kind, caring, compassionate person who looks out for others.
For at least a week or two before and after Halloween each year the good people of my community town take to our community Facebook page and you would think from their comments that the streets are just crawling with people intent on commiting terrible harm to their children. The few people who suggest that perhaps they are overreacting, are shamed and called awful names. This is what the registry has created. Makes no sense at all.
February 2, 2018 at 5:49 pm #33309
You know I’ve been thinking about this article that Sandy presented to us and this guy stepped in to help a neighbor out in a desperate situation. Yes these situations do come up in various ways and one has to have “courage” to stand up for others. Seems courts don’t see it that way, its like everybody is on their own. Even my court appointed lawyer didn’t know what to do in many cases. The investigator. in my case, was just as fickled. I wish you would of seem the look on his face when I told him … you don’t even know my intent. When it was all said and done he said if you hadn’t of came down we were going to come and get you.
Yes public safety is one thing and so is internet safety but going against Gods’ law makes those in blue just all the more guilty but one has to remember good things come to those who wait. Woo to those that put a stumbling block upon another. Their are all different ways one could look at this but the correct way is the correct way. Hey we all have to have courage to fight our own battles and yes it always helps to understand bible principals also and be strong. Its these weak moments that one should overcome.
February 3, 2018 at 6:11 pm #33369
Thank you for all the kind, supportive words! I am crying as I read every comment. Discovering all these other stories of Registrants helping others and proving that we can indeed be good people serving positive roles in society gives me hope that, one day, those outside the Registrant community may have to take notice.
February 3, 2018 at 8:10 pm #33387
My name is David Stodghill, I am a registered SVP that just maxed 8 years in prison.
2 cases for you to peruse IF you are incarcerated in PA and required to take the sex offender program.
Stodghill v. PBPP
Stodghill v. DOC
Muniz is in my county of Cumberland, and, so far, the PSP here could care less what the ruling was. I just was at the station and was informed “We don’t do anything until the legislature makes a new law”. I told them about Muniz and the administrator (on Elmerton Ave) said “Yea, we don’t worry about that”
Just FYI, nothing in PA has changed.
Megan’s Law III was killed by Derhammer decision. Megan’s Law II was killed by Neiman. Megan’s I by Williams.
Right now, there is legally NO registration for any sex offender whose conviction was prior to December 20, 2012, but, try telling that to the PSP and you’ll be arrested…
February 3, 2018 at 8:10 pm #33389
PA DOC requiring completion of program (Wording of law says “Participated in the program”) to be eligible for parole.
PBPP requiring completion of sex offender program before eligible for parole
Both precedential cases. Pro se status. This cost me an extra 4 years of my life. They didnt even offer the program to me until 4 months PAST my minimum and the program was 3 years long.
February 4, 2018 at 3:01 pm #33435
Protecting other citizens is not something that requires pay. It’s an action one does for moral reasons. You will never convince REGISTRATION AGENTS of that. Here I paraphrase an exchange that occurred during cross at my 2011 registration case for failure to provide info. I opted for trial.
Me: Agent do you work for WIDOC?
Me: For how long have you been employed with DOC-SOR
A: Since the beginning, the creation of the Whetterling act.. So 11 years.
Me: What kind of sallery do you earn at DOC-SOR?
DA: OBJECTION! Relevance!
Judge: I’ll allow it, it is public information.
Me: Please state your annual salary for the Jury?
A: I make about 55k a year in my position.
Me: So ms. Agent over the lat decade the State of Wisconsin has paid you nearly 600K over those 11 years?
A: Yea I guess that is about right.
Me: So in order for you to do you job.. Protecting children and other vulnerable persons from sex deviants the people gotta pay you over a half a million dollars to protect our kids? Is that correct?
A: I get paid to maintain the registry… It protects by informing people about those who pose a danger.
Me: Agent do you believe people should be paid to protect kids?
A Yes, its a necessary job in this day and time.
Me: Agent is protecting kids something one should do for nothing?
DA: Objection, leading question
J: Sustained..ask the question in a better way Mr. Lawver.
Me: I withdraw the question your honor.
The point made to the jury anyway.
Protecting others is not something one does for pay. It clouds the motivation.
Public servants. Nahhhh self servants!
February 7, 2018 at 9:09 pm #33911
I have read over Pennsylvania House bill 1952. And I have some questions.
I have 3 docket numbers,( 1 conviction). Two of the 3 docket incidents OCURRED prior to Megan’s law 1,(1996).
Because of the charges of I.D.S.I., on one of the aforementioned dockets. It trigger a PRE SENTENCING INVESTIGATION, ( p.s.i),To determine if I was a SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR. At this hearing, the COMMONWEALTH’S OWN PSYCOLOGIST BRUCE MAPES, stated, ” he does not fit the CRITERIA, HE DOES NOT FIT THE STATUE, HE IS AN ANOMALY, I am calling him one. And by that statement, I became classified as a S.V.P.
Now this bill States, more or less, any crime committed prior to APRIL 1996, it can not be used to trigger any registration. The crimes must to of occurred after APRIL 1996, yet prior to December 2012, Which my other remaining docket does, And that charge of INDECENT ASSAULT is a misdemeanor 1. Carrying a 10 year registration, which I don’t mind doing.
BUT HOW DO I APPEAL THE S.V.P. DESIGNATION?IF IT WAS TRIGGERED BY THE PRE-MEGAN’S LAW EVENTS.
February 12, 2018 at 2:14 am #34348
i know all about the target on the back thing. i am a tier 3 register. but i will say one thing marty. i want to change my future and get away from my past. i try to show others that i have changed and that im willing to go to great lengths to do so. marty, i like what you did, and pray that god gives you more opportunities as such to help those in need. god bless man!
February 14, 2018 at 11:56 pm #34678
My son was falsely convicted of a sex crime, a child said a man was following her in a store and touched her on her chest ( fully clothed) with her mother and 2 sisters around her, it was not reported for 3 weeks after , she said in court it lasted for 1 second. my sons boss testified in court that when they said it happened my son was at work. As a result he got 5 years to LIFE. He is currently in the 8th year of a LIFE sentence because he maintains his innocence . He does not want to get out as he will be branded a sex offender