Post # 1
I think it’s important that everyone knows who their neighbors are. My Future Brother-In-Law & Future Sister-In-Law just found out that their next door neighbor is a sex offender. I don’t think the guy is dangerous (he was 20 and had sex with a 16 yr old so I would assume it was a statutory rape case) but either way you hack it, he’s still a sex offender. After doing a search I also found that there is a convicted rapist down the road from them (not sure if they know about him yet). Scary stuff!
I searched our address and found 67 convicted sex offenders within 10 miles from my house. There actually were like hundreds more but I weeded out those that are currently incarcerated in the jail thats 5 miles from us.
So, how many scum-bags are breathing your air?
EDIT: Uy vey! This thread is not to debate who we deem to be dangerous sex offenders. The site that I posted lists what the person was charged with. You can decide on your own if you feel your neighbors are dangerous or not.
Post # 3
There is a registered sex offender in the cul-de-sac across from us, and there are quite a few in my town, but not many.
ETA: I don’t think she was doing this to argue the legalities of how you can become a registered sex offender. I think she was just showing people the website to make them more aware of the people they are living around.
Post # 4
Uhm…couple of ways to look at this. Yes, there are people who have committed crimes who live among us. But, current laws often require people to register as sex offenders for pleading guilty to certain crimes that are not child molestation/rape. Describing everyone who has to register as a “scum bag” is over-inclusive, to say the least.
Post # 5
The ones who aren’t registered scare me the most 😉
Post # 6
I agree with sarhrun. The sex offender registration system is far from perfect. I dated at least 5 over-18 men when I was under 18. If my mom was psycho, any one of them could’ve ended up as a registered sex offender for the rest of their lives–including my husband.
Post # 7
24 offenders; 5 non-mappable offenders.
There are supposedly none on my street. Which I don’t believe, as we still live in an apartment for now.
What’s great? I live within 5 minutes of the University I go to Grad School at — there are 3 boxes basically on top of the school…….
Post # 8
A guy that was in my class in grade-school is a sex offender. (I had a really small class, under 40 kids. In a town under 1500 people.)
In the default search size on that site, 320 offenders show up.
1 of them is just 2 blocks from me, another several within 10 blocks. Which is a little unexpected because I live in a somewhat nice neighborhood!
Here’s another interesting website, it shows meth house busts. The house next door to where I lived in college my fiance and I always joked was a meth house… turns out it actually was!
Post # 9
@sarahrun: I completely agree. Yes, many probably are scum bags, but not all to say the least. There’s almost always more to the story. I do research in criminal justice and psychology, and it has really changed my perspective on things like this by opening my eyes to cracks in the “system” and lots of other lesser known details.
With that said, it is a good idea to know your area. You should definitely look into the sex offender registration, and do know you can find other crime statistics about your zip code, such as who all is on parole/probation for any offense. Just keep an open mind about it rather than assuming each of them is a horrible person.
Post # 10
@sarahrun: You’re right, but I think most of us realize that not all offenses are as “bad” as others. It’s not a bad thing to be aware though, which I think was the point of the post.
Post # 11
You are aware how easy it is to get labeled a sex offender right? And the reality is most sex offendors do things like, the Naked Mile in Michigan where their intent is NOT to harm somebody. And that the recidivism rate is pretty low? And that most sex offendors do things and regret them and are just trying to make their life better but people are so caught up on the label and assume they are all dangerous so they have less of a chance of leading a normal life and that is known to be the highest cause for them ro offend again, of they do. The guy living next door probably stole something at some point. Should we now lock up every possible thing we find of value just because it was something they did when they were 20? Or how about the guy who sent a picture of himself to his girlfriend at 16 and is now a registered sex offender because his girlfriend was also a minor? People don’t give people second chances or take the time to think about the whole story. Are some people dangerous? Yes. But that sex offender is just as likely to offend as the once theif next door. Sorry but I just don’t understand why people don’t think about this.
Post # 12
I have to third what sarahrun said… not all of the offenders that have to register are actually from a sex offense. My Fiance once got a ticket for relieving himself in the back of an alley next to a bar when he was drunk and waiting in line to get into said bar, and they told him if he gets caught doing something like that again, he will technically have to register as a sex offender.
Post # 13
@sarahrun: I realize that not all sex offenders are scum-bags but most of them are. Anyways, I don’t want to get into a debate over who is a “good” sex-offender and who is a “bad” sex-offender. I just think everyone should be aware of who they are living near.
Post # 14
I hate when they classify someone that’s 18-19 who had sex with their 17 year old girlfriend as a sex offender. That’s just a low blow in my opinion.
Post # 15
@soonerpsych: Could not agree more.
Post # 16
@abbyful: wow Colorado had a lot, maybe that map the other day (what is your state known for) saying meth was what Colorado is known for was right!