Thứ Tư, 22 tháng 4, 2015

Sentence Extended

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By No Chance:
I was sentenced to 8 months for "Sexual Assault of a Child" 15 years ago. Since then I have had many people give me a chance. Even with being a Registered Sex Offender.

On here it says How the offenders and their families are persecuted. Will, they are not the only ones. All my friends have come to me saying how they are being harassed by people for being friends with me. Luckily enough they have hung in there for me.

I know I did a terrible thing. I have been paying for what I did for over a decade and sincerely believe I will be paying for it for the rest of my life.

I just wish my friends, family, and girlfriend didn't have to go through this too. The only thing they did was trust me. Why should they have to pay for that.

TN - The Insanity of the SOR

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By Freedom Lost:
I pled guilty to a charge of sexual battery in 2001. The "alleged" crime was against a women I lived with and had consensual sexual relations with. I pled guilty because of a little practice called prosecutorial blackmail. They used other charges with threat of maximum time to coerce a guilty plea. Nevertheless, that is not my story; In 2010 approaching the 10 year termination from the sex offender registry I contacted the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation requesting release from the registry. The first letter of response indicated all that was required was for me to go personally to a field office and submit fingerprints. I was incarcerated for unrelated charges and could not immediately comply. The following year pending my release I again wrote a letter requesting termination. I was informed that I would not be eligible for termination until April 20, 2020 more than 19 years after conviction. I have proof of registration and the State has stipulated in court documents that I was registered without violation in 2007 (ONLY BECAUSE I HAD A COMPUTER PRINTOUT FROM THE T.B.I. WEBSITE WITH MY PICTURE ON IT)

I began litigating this case pro-se in 2011 in Federal Court, that case is on hold pending state process. I filed a petition in State court in December 2013. I am still waiting for a decision. The states most recent position is that I was release without serving the one year sentence of my conviction. How could I be registered if I had never served the sentence? I now have an attorney and will continue to fight this case all the way back to Federal Court if necessary. If anyone has advice, resources, or input. Please post to this website. I have considered going to the media (20/20 or even Dr. Phil) This case needs media exposure so people will know the kinds of things the states are doing.

Thank you for you time and interest.

SC - Everyone not treated the same

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By Steven:
I was arrested in 2009 for touching a teenager while extremely intoxicated. No excuse but still it happened. It was never something that I intended to do or planned but still the same it happened. I plead to Lewd act and was given 6 years in prison and 5 years probation. I served 3 years in prison and took the 6 month course for sex offenders in prison. Upon release, I still had to take a year long course at $25 a week, Pay probation $20 a week and was put on a monitor which is another $40 a week. Total I had to pay $85 a week and just getting out of prison had no job. Thanks to family I was able to keep up the payments and after a year am still unable to get work due to the charge. I have finished the class and now only have to pay $60 a week. Of course if you do not pay they will violate you but no one will hire me. Now I have been told that the monitor that I am wearing will continue the rest of my life due to new South Carolina laws (or as long as I am on the registry). I don't mind the registry but the monitoring seems to me to go to far. The biggest thing is that several of the guys that were in my year long class had the same charge or worse charges, but they are not on monitoring .Most did not even get prison time. It all depends on how much money you have and what attorney you had and the sentence can be night and day! The law states that anyone with CSC1 or Lewd act must me on electronic monitoring but yet not all judges put them on it. I am fortunate in that I have family helping me, but not everyone does. And what happens when my probation is over? If I move out of state will I still have to have the monitor? I am 60 years old and this was the first time I have ever been accused of something like this. Sometimes I think that it would have been better if I had murdered someone, they don't have to register. It just sucks. But I am going to try and take it to court as my probation term nears its end. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

24 yrs of hell but I'm surviving

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By Doug:
After reading many of other members stories, I noticed many of the same frustrations and questions. I am compelled to tell my story to help support others and possibly get some in return.

My first wife falsely accused me of raping my 2 yr old daughter in 1990. I suppose only she truly knows why, buy as for me I can only speculate. She had been involved in an affair in which I tried to gain custody of our daughter but backed out and attempted to reconcile. A short time later she gave birth to a son (most likely another man's child). That child was sickly and was in and out of the hospital every other week. I had to work and take care of our daughter when they were at the hospital. I also had an accident that put me out of work during this time for 6 months.We were actively discussing divorce and when I went back to work I put in for a transfer to get closer to home as a means of still trying to make my marriage work. The day before my transfer I was arrested and charged with rape. It was a holiday weekend but my folks were able to bond me out before the Judge left town. That same night I discovered my wife had a new man with her (She eventually married him). I can be a bit naive at times but I am certain he must have already been in the picture and her second affair was in full swing. I spent from 1990 to 1999 fighting for simple visitation, on repeated false accusations that were later dropped. In 1999 I was on my third marriage and in good standing to get full custody of my children, due to the repeated antics of my X wife. A few months before that court date I was surprised by a newspaper article saying I had been indited by the Grand Jury. This time it was a charge coming from one of my current wife's non-custodial children. To make a long story short, I had to abandon my custody hopes and due to court rules of admissibility, my lawyers convinced me that a plea bargain was my best hope. (During this time I had an emotional break down and attempted suicide) It was a case of a child's word against mine. I have not touched any of these children, but with SO stigma, it simply was not a risk I was willing to take and gamble with my freedom. I took a plea of abuse 2nd (I was told it didn't require registration) Later I discovered that wasn't true.

After my plea adjusting to life as a RSO has been difficult and depressing to say the least. I have tortured myself with worry and depression. I've lived through the relationship breakdowns and heartaches from X's attempting custody because of me. We all know who the looser is in these scenarios. The problem being most of us have the same basic human need to be loved (Normal Adult Relationships). I've had to not pursue relationships because of children. I've had grandchildren used as a vice. Thank God I have a wife that is sticking by my side. There are still events that cause drama, but Faith in God and holding your head high is the best advice I can give. You don't OWE anybody shit, except the same courtesy you expect in return. Above all be honest from the start and mistrust in the system is well earned.

PA - Being murdered by doctors in my town/state

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By Crystal:
Since 2005 I have been being accused of a sex offense against a family member and am being flat out murdered by doctors here in my town/state. I am suffering right now in my house unable to breathe with a heart condition and no doctor in my county will help me. I have not be convicted of any crime nor have I ever been brought up of charges for any crime. I don't know what to do. I have a child here that still needs me and I'm to ill to do all the things I need to do as a mom. Can you all help me in any way my number is 717-786-5699

NC - Wrong age, wrong day.

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By Wrong Guy in NC:
its not too many talks of what really goes on in NC, so I'll enlighten everyone. My eyes have seen much pain but none like this. One day, I meet a female. Claims she's 18, I didn't check the signs of deceit until I was in too deep. She admits she's 15, I knew I messed up. Hadn't I just said I'm good at first, my downfall would've been overturned. After she's skipped school, came to my house, even ran away, the downward spiral gotten deeper. The cops wouldn't believe my statements, the pressure got me so intense, I said I was the last guy to have sexual intercourse with her, knowing I'd lied and put myself in harm's way. I had all the evidence that led to me actually being in another place at another time, but nobody listened. Maybe a few. My DNA wasn't recovered, nothing else. Only a lie.. Spent most of my days hiding, looking for a way out. Lawyers can't do a thing, nobody can. The girl who got me into this still manages to find me saying "we need to talk".. Until I turn 33-35, imma be on the LIST.

Indiana: My Prison

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By TJ420:
I was convicted of "Sexual Misconduct with a Minor" in mid 2001. I was 23 and my girlfriend was 17. Legal age of consent in Indiana is 16. I was sentenced to 6 years of prison time. I did 6 months in the county jail, 2.5 years in prison, 5 years probation, and 10 years on the registry. Finding a job wasn't easy at all, and I have several years experience as a welder, auto-body technician, roofer, and machine operator. Pretty much, the only jobs I could find were "under the table jobs"! In most cases, as soon as I said something about being on the registry, I was booted out the door, got the "we don't have anything at this time!", or not given the chance to explain the situation! My 10 years on the registry completely sucked! I dealt with it, though it was extremely hard at times. Many times I contemplated ending my life. I always thought twice about it though. I have 2 kids and a wife, so I knew that was NOT an option! I am still with the woman I got this charge over and we have 2 kids together. After being let off the registry after 10 years, it took another 3 or 4 months to get myself removed from other random private/public registries.(to anyone who only has the 10 year registry, when you're released, make sure you check the internet for other registries!) I have since got a really good job as a welder/fabricator. I am, however, confined to the state of Indiana. The reason I say this, is because, if I move to another state, I have to re-register as a sex offender for another 10 years, or in some cases, for life. That's the case for most states that I have researched. I think I have paid my debt to society, plain and simple! I have not re-offended and have no reason to, I work everyday, and I support my wife and kids. I look at it like this; dating a younger woman may have been a mistake/wrong in some peoples eyes, but in mine, well, we're still together and have two beautiful, very smart kids, and my wife is 100% faithful, as am I! And I will say this, Indiana's SO rules and regulations are the most lenient of the 40 some states I researched, in my opinion, that is.

Thứ Sáu, 3 tháng 4, 2015

GA - Woman (Eddie Manley) fires shots to "send message" to sex offender

Eddie L. Manley
Eddie L. Manley
Original Article

03/31/2015

By Sawsha Stephens

Madison County Sheriff officers arrested a 61-year-old Madison County woman after she fired gun shots at a registered sex offender she didn't want on her property.

A deputy was called out to a home on Paoli Road where a resident claimed his neighbor Eddie L. Manley had shot him in the foot.

The man suffered non-life threatening injuries with reported cuts on his toes caused by a pellet.

According to police reports the victim said Manley's boyfriend allowed him to come to the house to gather some belongings he left while in prison and while collecting his items, he said Manley exited her home and told him to leave,

The man said he then heard gun shots and fled from the home, but didn't know he had been wounded until later.

When Manley was questioned she admitted to using a loaded handgun to “get the message across to stay off her property.”

Manley told deputies that the man lied about why he was in prison and she had warned him to never come on her property. She claims when she saw him, she became angry

Manley has been charged with aggravated assault, making a terroristic threat and pointing a pistol at another.