Former sex offender makes positive difference in others’ lives

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    • #18137 Reply
      Sandy Rozek
      Sandy Rozek

      By Sandy…. In the wake of the release of long-time incarcerated convicted sexual offender and former priest Paul Shanley, journalists are rushing to
      [See the full post at: Former sex offender makes positive difference in others’ lives]

    • #18139 Reply

      I was just thinking about buying a vacant building in the town I live in and converting it into an apartment building and renting to registrants. I am glad to see others are doing that.

      • #18499 Reply

        To those who would rent to sex offenders, don’t make the rent so high that 99.9% of registrants can’t afford it.

        • #19705 Reply
          A mom

          I agree with you W.C._TN, I am trying to find my son shelter. Most are $500 and $600 a month. It is so difficult when he is released next month, he doesn’t have a job, he will have no income. Maybe the rent could be reasonable, like $300 or $400 for the first 60 days, to give them time to get on their feet. Also the shelters, are wonderful, but do not offer a quite peaceful environment. It would be so much nicer for them to have boarding rooms.

    • #18140 Reply
      Joseph olvera

      I am truly blessed to hear how these individuals are opening homes for registrants, I don’t have much but I will be glad to help any way I can.

    • #18141 Reply

      What a refreshing headline! And a beautiful story!! Thank you Sandy.

    • #18150 Reply
      Jonathon Dell Merritt

      I am a registrant who rented a room to a fellow registrant for 7 years and one other registrant for two years at the same time. Three offenders under the same roof in a quiet country subdivision.
      There was never any problem or any drama. Not once did the police ever get called to my home. On the other hand, a neighbor up the road rented out rooms but would not ever rent to a registrant.
      He said he did not want the police sent to his house. The police did however get sent to his house many times as his judgment in choosing tenants some how lacked judgment.

      • #18498 Reply

        Yes, and when the child grows up and re-enacts what was done to him, then the system that felt oh so sorry for him as a child turns on him like a rabid pit bull and destroys him. Our society is indeed full of two-faced hypocrites!! Look at Senators Mark Foley and Anthony Wiener. They were all for passing these draconian sex offender laws like the A.W.A. and all the while Foley was texting the teenage paige boys on captial hill while Wiener was sexting to underage girls.

    • #18151 Reply
      Nena Eschete

      That is so heart warming. Finally treating human beings as human beings.

      • #18205 Reply

        The laws that require treatment after incarceration are designed not as a means of rehabilitation for the offender, but as a containment strategy to keep offenders under the oppressive thumb of the state indefinitely. These laws are there to ensure offenders never have a normal, peaceful life. The mantra is “if a filthy child molester messes with a kid, it screws that kid up for life. Therefore, we’re going to ensure the molester is screwed up for life as well.” That’s what’s behind post-confinement supervision.

        Post-confinement “supervision” is all about state-sanctioned harassment and extortion. Yes, extortion. Look at the supervision fees, the G.P.S. monitoring fees, the polygraph fees, and the treatment fees. They want to keep offenders as broke and as socially disabled as possible.

        • #18266 Reply

          The mantra is “if a filthy child molester messes with a kid, it screws that kid up for life.”

          Yeah, and when the kid grows up and imitates on another child what was done to him/her as a child, the same group of nut jobs want to crucify and condemn the person for it rather that give a damn about the “long term effects” that blossomed into another offender. Our society is full of HYPOCRITES.

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      Dominic Galliani

      Our country needs more places and people loike this. Sex offenders have such a bad stigma, and yet statistics show we have the lowest recidivism rate among any offenders, especially those of us who have gone through a program in prison. The worst part I think is if I went through a program in prison, why am I still required to go to counseling for the rest of my life? These laws are ludicrous and absurd. What is the purpose of taking a program in prison if we are still required to go to counseling? I think that anyone who is putting forth an effort to help those of us who are finding it difficult finding jobs, housing, and even places we frequent, kudos to those people. My goal now that I have been released from prison is to do my part once I an on my feet and get settled. Thank you and keep up the good work!!!!

      • #18497 Reply

        I’m truly glad you have been able to rebuild your life. I wish folks down here in the “Bible Belt” South were as open-minded. I have industry-recognized certifications in the I.T. field and graduated with honors from an I.T. course on April 21, 2017. I am a member of the National Technical Honor Society. I can’t get any employer to give me a chance. As soon as the background check comes up and I disclose that I have a felony that dates back to 2002, job offers are rescinded every single stinkin’ time!

    • #18202 Reply
      Darrel Hoffman

      You ought to hear my story if you want to know about success!!! I have a home, a nice car, and a job working for the City of Detroit, where we had a scandal with our former City Council President, who went to prison for molesting a 14-year-old boy, but yet didn’t show any prejudice towards me because of his actions. My conduct and integrity, plus the grace and favor of God Himself made the difference, so I contribute to this great city through my work. I’m also the organist at my church where I am loved and accepted by all. God is amazing in this and the Lord Jesus Christ gets all the glory for it.

    • #18203 Reply

      The reaction people have to sex offenders, particularly those who have molested children, is not so much about fear of that offender harming other children, but rather a visceral hatred of the offender because of what he or she has done and a staunch judgmental, holier-than-thou attitude that says, “You don’t deserve another chance. When you molested a child, you gave up your rights as a member of the human race and we will do whatever we can to see you stay as isolated from the rest of “respectable” society the rest of your life. In our estimation, anyone who would advocate for your rights must be the same sort of human trash as you, the molester are!”

      That is what’s behind our sex offender laws and that’s why the facts are staunchly ignored because it’s about hate and an attitude that sex offenders who target children aren’t ever entitled to forgiveness or redemption. This animus is shared by the public, the police, the district attorneys, the judges, and our legislators. The “fear for the safety of kids in the community” is the smokescreen everyone up and down the chain of command allows to mask the real animus behind our sex offender laws.

      • #18217 Reply
        Jonny everyman

        Not sure I agree with this. Maybe for some but on the site there are several “concerned parents” who post pictures whenever a new sex offender moves into the area under the guise they are “just protecting” children. I think your suggestion applies more to the politicians who enact laws seeking popularity and approval

        • #20383 Reply
          Jerry P.

          Was going to check out and registered sex offenders are not allowed on the site 😥

    • #18267 Reply

      Joel Pentlarge should be given a medal of honor from the mayor of town. This is the kind of human being any one would want as a neighbor.

    • #18274 Reply

      I am glad to see a positive article on here. Sure, if truth be known we are all carnal by nature, whether we were duped over an internet or actually touched someone in the wrong way. Its all about morals and being honest. I see the homeless all the time either begging for money out on the side of the road or freeway islands and it is a shame. I’m sure their are their for a reason begging. Helping others is the best and Godly thing one can do and we should not be heathen’s toward another with no compassion at all. If we don’t clean up this sex offender registry in some biblical way than the future doesn’t hold to much for American Liberty.
      Look at these internet things one can smell the money and greed all in the name of duping someone. Than comes man’s prejudice’s to another fellow human being and where is think of others better than yourself. Is that gone the way of Christianity…… Think about it.

    • #18453 Reply

      I am not an RSO. I’m the adoptive parent of a child who was groomed and raped prior to coming to our home. His rapist is registered as an SVP. However, I’m also a social worker currently looking for housing as part of a home plan for an SVP in prison for a technical parole violation. I know this will be a difficult task, even though I know he’d be an excellent tenant. He’s part of our church. He’s a brother-in-Christ. My role is not part of any job, just as a friend. Someday, he would like to do workshops for parents on how to protect their children from sexual predators. I wish he could be a mentor to my son, who is at risk for becoming a victim-offender. But he’s not allowed contact with minors. I’m thankful for others who provide housing. Wish there was someone in my area. Basically, I’m looking at questionable trailer parks. His previous housing, in another county, was awful and expensive. I only saw it after he was unexpectedly arrested for the parole violation, and couldn’t believe how awful it was. My daughter and I cleaned it. We had to throw our clothes away afterwards due to the presence of pests and the amount of chemicals he used to keep them under control. No one should live under those circumstances.

      • #18658 Reply
        Donnie G

        This post is likely to rub a few people wrong so here’s a little background. I’ve been a registered offender for over 25 years (pre 1990) with a single offense and no recidivism. I’ve had to “restart” my life 4 times due to public registration. I truly believe (and strongly) that registered sex offenders should be given a choice of euthanasia (by choice only) rather then live Utterly Alone, Hated, Homeless and Unemployed.

    • #19704 Reply
      A mom

      After reading the article about Mr. Pentlarge , I desperately contacted him for a shelter for my son. Unfortunately he was unable to help me at the time, partly due to the fact that my son would be restricted as to where he could live. His offense took place in another state. I commend you for what you do. Please continue to help those labeled a sex offender. Everyone deserves a second chance. They are way less dangerous to our children then the gang members that we allow to live any where they please, armed with weapons, and killing out children with drugs.
      God Bless you Mr. Pentlarge, it was a pleasure to speak with you.

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