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WHILE ATTEMPTING TO MAKE A left-hand turn into our driveway I had to stop to allow a jogger, the neighborhood registered sex offender*, to run by before I could turn into our driveway.
He turned to look at me and snarled. I looked at him and tipped my head, slightly, to acknowledge his presence.
I didn’t attempt to run over him with my car nor did I give him the finger. Both options occurred to me as I sat there waiting for him to get out of my way but I realize that with some people indifferent is the best you can do.
I’D LOVE TO LEAVE THIS story at that, but here’s the thing– and it’s something that’s weighed on my mind since seeing this guy, a man who has served his prison time and is now merely listed on the state registered sex offender website.
In the last year, or two, this man has fathered a baby girl with his wife [girlfriend?]. They live down the street. In this family neighborhood.
Interestingly enough, it’s my understanding that soon, in the next year, he will be eligible to have his name removed from the sex offender website. Meaning that only those of us neighbors who are here now will know about his past.
SO GETTING TO MY POINT, I’m left with three questions:
- would any parent knowingly allow their child to play with his daughter at his house?
- how unfair is it for this daughter to live her life under the shadow of his crime? and
- when new neighbors move into the neighborhood, should someone tell them the rest of his story?
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* UPDATED: This afternoon I got a chance to use the search function on The U.S. Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public Website. The neighbor is no longer listed there. HOWEVER, there were 13 other people listed as registered sex offenders who live within a 3 mile radius of my house. I had no idea…
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