Yeah whateveryousay... How did U learn to be so crazy... ?? I hear Ur getting ready for that big dirt nap... What happened..?
By Kyle Munzenrieder
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But in a tough-on-crime land like Florida, Gail's pitch was a tough sell.
"She's a sex offender diva," Parkhurst says of Colletta. "She's got her son who went down for child porn, and then now all of a sudden, she's an expert on sex offender crime? What school did she go to other than the raid on her house?"
Parkhurst dismisses anyone pushing for reform of the sex offender registry — the "pro-offender divas" or "registry abolitionist" crowd. She says the only sympathizers are convicted criminals and their girlfriends.
"It's a motley crew of slithering sex offenders and the girls who are banging them," Parkhurst says. "They're self-serving for doing it. They don't like the punishment. As far as I'm concerned, the registry is a fricking Christmas gift to these guys. They could be sitting in a five-by-seven cell."
Sex offender registries began with the 1994 Jacob Wetterling Act, a federal law that directed each state to keep a list of sex offenders for law enforcement. 1996 saw the passage of Megan's Law, which mandated states share these lists with the public. Florida was the first state to put the information online, in 1997.
Under Florida's law, people convicted of sex crimes are split into two group, predators and offenders. "Predators" include repeat offenders, or those convicted of violent first-degree crimes like kidnapping, false imprisonment, sexual battery, lewd/lascivious offenses on someone under 16, or selling or buying minors for child pornography.
All other sex crimes — for example luring or enticing a child, unlawful sexual activity with certain minors, procuring a person under 18 for prostitution, and child pornography — are classified as "offenders."
As of April 2011, of 55,847 sex offenders on the state registry, 16 percent were classified as predators and 84 percent as offenders. Under the Jimmy Ryce Sexually Violent Predators Act, some predators that the Department of Children and Families deems a continuing threat to society may be civilly committed to a treatment center even after finishing their sentences. (This portion of offenders was the focus of a Sun-Sentinel series this week.)
Once released from prison, offenders must update their information — add current photos, update their workplaces — on the registries two times a year, predators four. Both groups are required to register for life. Getting removed from the list is almost impossible, except in some instances in which sex offenders hit with certain charges go 25 years without reoffending.
Many local governments in turn passed ordinances that prevent sex offenders from living within 2,500 feet of a school, park, or bus stop. As of 2011, there were 140 local ordinances in 44 Florida counties.
"There's really no set way that all the ordinances are written," says FDLE's Adam Moses. "Some are written based on the victim; some cover all offenders regardless of the age of the victim." Although sex offenders may be monitored by probation officers, it falls to local police departments to enforce these city and town residency restrictions.
In South Florida, there's hardly any developed land that isn't near a school or park, so sex offenders who've served their sentences have almost nowhere they are legally allowed to live. In Miami-Dade, there was a notorious case of released offenders living under the Julia Tuttle Causeway. In Broward County, 97 percent of developed land is covered by restrictions.
The setup is met by the mainstream mostly with relief. But some have begun to question its effectiveness.
Critics argue that a person who actually groped a kid is far more dangerous than a person who clicked on a picture of child pornography, so it's unfair to classify offenders into only two berths based on their crimes without considering the individual's situation. Advocates like Gail Colletta say some might deserve heavy-duty monitoring, while others can be rehabbed.
Dr. Jill Levenson, a professor at Lynn University who has studied sex offenders, echoes the idea. "For the low-risk offenders, we want to avoid creating such obstacles in their life that they're never going to succeed. That is not a good formula."
In 2006, Congress passed the Adam Walsh Act. It required states to implement an offense-based approach to who's put on the registry. With a few easy tweaks, Florida was able to come into compliance. But it's one of only 14 states to do so. Minnesota and Washington have pulled away from the offense-based approach. They assess individuals and put only the riskiest ones on the state registry. This comes with a penalty. Noncompliance with the Walsh Act costs them 10 percent of their Department of Justice grant money.
Hardliners see reform only as a dismantling of the already-flimsy defenses people have. The Valigator says there are two main problems with the registry: Not enough people use it, and police fail to enforce it.
"The difference between me and the pro-divas is they want to minimize the dangers, whereas I want to maximize the dangers," Parkhurst says. "When I get bombarded with those kinds of alerts every day, I realized what a bunch of sick freaks there are actually walking around out there. You have to go with the premise that they're all dangerous."
Parkhurst's light-bulb moment came in the early '80s, when she was raising her only son, Justin, in Davie. She'd heard about sex offenders nearby, so the concerned mom mailed away to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for a list of offenders in her ZIP code. A whopping 64 names came back.
Yeah whateveryousay... How did U learn to be so crazy... ?? I hear Ur getting ready for that big dirt nap... What happened..?
I'm sick and tired of sex offenders saying that they have "served their sentence" or "done their time." If your sentence includes being on the registry, then your sentence isn't complete until you are taking the big dirt nap. Enjoy! Remember why you are on it.
In as much as I was pleased with the article I doubt more could have been accomplished than reading the comments under the article. They give a very real insight to the mindsets of offenders that most people would not be privy too. Oncefallen aka Derek Logue and Gail Colletta are very close and piggyback off each others statements and opinions. They communicate daily along with other "minutemen" to bombard any articles that profile more stringent laws or actions against sex offenders. Yet they wont bother to "log-in" on an article that shows the pure depths of evil these diviants will engage in. Their single minded goal is to abolish the registry and make sex crimes a mental illness not a criminal felony. These groups umbrella any offender with any crime under their belt to Stand as A United Front to alleviate any repercussions for these crimes. Valerie Parkhurst
This "Valerie person" is a gun toting nut and the spokesperson of a closet fascist constituency. She speaks for cowards, who are little better than closet perverts themselves - hiding behind the idea of a "silent majority". She should stand her ground with the alligators, while her followers should be ostracized and forced to live and fester under the bridges of other offenders - their kin.
So apparently you have an obsession with this Valerie person. You're the hate-obsessed freak. Idiot perv.
Thank you for putting a human face on those people whom all of society has turned their back on, sometimes for reasons that would make little sense in most other countries. In the case of Damian Garcia, for instance, had he been 1 year younger at the time, the consensual relationship he had would not have been technically between an "adult" and a "child". But "sexual offenders" have become the target of a modern-day Salem witch hunt, and our society has become so ridiculously paranoid that even an iconic image like the Coppertone girl's tushy can longer be shown. Yet all kinds of illicit images are floating about in cyberspace that could destroy a person's life if they were to click on them, even by accident... I accept the fact that Big Brother is watching and privacy is dead, but can't someone do more to educate people? Btw Valerie Parkhurst is a vicious and dirty lowlife who gets her kicks out of bullying people who have already paid their debt. It's too bad that, back when she used to shoot alligators, one of them didn't take its revenge on her. At least they have a place in the natural food chain and are useless, sadistic parasites.
What people seem to not get is that there are a lot of things that can brand you a sex offender or a child molestor. Do people deserve to die or lose any chance at a decent life because of a mistake? No. If someone's wrongfully convicted of a sex crime, they're essentially dead to society. Are there some people who deserve to spend the rest of their life behind bars? Definitely. Does every person on that list? No way in hell. Am I a sex offender? No. Do I sympathize with some of them? Yes, because some people make stupid mistakes. Do I sympathize with all of them? No. But people like Parkhurst can and will drive people to suicide. I know some of you will jump up and down, and celebrate like the Fourth of July, but if any of you were branded a sex offender, how would you react to Parkhurst handing out fliers denouncing you as the lowlife scum of the earth? I hope to hear from some of you, and see what your responses are to this.
"ten years in prison followed by 15 years of probation" Florida is ONE FVKD UP STATE!! There are rapsits and murderers down here doing less time. Armed robbers, home invaders that inflict serious bodily harm on elderly residents, major cocaine and meth dealers, DOCTORS that own pill mills all over the state.. all get away with less time and the recidivism rate here in the "Sunshine State" is over 33%!! This kid and small time marijuana dealers and smokers are doing hard time.... meanwhile Tallahassee is LOADED with the country's most crooked politicians, graft, and cronyism.... Florida is in the top ten states to avoid moving to! As soon as we are able, we are leaving!
. They use false(low) reoffend rates and vigilanti articles to highlight their efforts. What they wont tell you is 97% of vigilanti actions towards sex offenders are committed by family or aquaintances of the family after the offender has targeted a victim within that circle. Sex offenders and their advocates use the "18 year old having consentual sex with their underage girlfriend" as their mantra for reform. In the registries heyday any person looking at any registry would have been hardpressed to find that conviction. It has never been as common as these Pro-offender groups infer it is. The truth is, offenders do not want the Romeos removed due to the nature of "their" convictions and that they wont qualify for removal. Thus the push to abolish the registry all together. Ask any offender what his crime was and he will hide "behind the Romeo scenario" . Offenders Lie, they all LIE. Never take an offenders word for the circumstances of their conviction. Court transcripts are the only reliable source. ..Valerie Parkhurst.
@darthjohnny48 God bless her. Sexual predators are nothing but human waste. From the eyes of the victim motive doesn't mean a thing.
The registry should be far more comprehensive and include current photos, residences and work places if any.
DarthJohnny is a Dade county sex offender who has some very real issues that his Twitter account screams loud and clear. Seems Mr. McLeod likes the sexual stimulation that "feathers" give him hense the name "Featherdude" and of course Child Porn. He rates the best FREE Wi-fi places that he can get to on his bicycle (really like Dunkin Donuts) and enjoys hanging out at the West Dade, Concorde and Kendall Libraries. Complains his meds arent balanced and his boat is always broken. Mom and sister take him to breakfast and dinner at least 5 times a week and touts himself as a maintence man who doesnt seem to work much. Cant seem to stay too far from the States oversight due to a couple of VOP's and couldnt walk the straight and narrow if an arrow was painted on the ground for him.
@darthjohnny48 Dude, my only regret is that the alligators didn't have her for lunch when she was taking her cowardly pot-shots at them. At least they have a rightful place in the natural world, which is more than can be said for her.
@DrCroland The witches were innocent. Convicted sex offenders are not. Some would argue quite successfully that sexual predators are sadistic parasites.
My you boys have been busy..I like Damian Garcia. He is a good guy and should be able to petition off the registry. My opinion is he doesnt pose a threat to anyone. You happy now?
@DrCroland . Please stop whining about sex offenders rights!
@DrCroland A convicted sex offender calling someone else a sadistic parasite. What a fucking joke!
@DrCroland I think you actually meant to say that unlike Parkhurst, the alligators are NOT useless, sadistic parasites. :-)
@borninlyoko The victim of the "mistake" is often of child who's entire life is ruined because of "just one mistake."
Remember that the victims lives are usually destroyed. The numbers of alcoholics, drug addicts and suicides that are created by "just one mistake" are staggering.
umm almost brought a tear to my eye borninlyoko, almost but not quite. I only focus on the worst of the worst which obviously sex offenders cant quite seem to grasp what that definition might be. I dont like sex offenders who kidnap, rape, torture and attempt to chew the genitals off their victims, but for guys like you I am sure he (Dale Weeks) would become a platinum member of your "poor poor sex offender club" or be categorized as "people just make stupid mistake" fraternity..right?
@borninlyoko What about the victims of your/their crime? Do they ever really get peace?
@papro_44 Please do leave, you won't be missed. I would suggest Alaska as your next port of call, or maybe some nice, warm muslim country.l
@papro_44 Dude, you're right, it's a really messed up place. People like that "Valigator" broad scare me more than the alleged "sex offenders".
@val03 Keep up the great work! Pedos and predators need to be in the public's eye all of the time.
@val03 If you're going to be a "vigilanti", learn how to spell it. Christ. And if you haven't learned yet that people's words often get twisted in court cases, you probably never will.
@val03 Try me
Centaurea is another angry sex offender who has a real problem with the "truth" kinda like he had in front of the judge that convicted him.
@val03 No Valerie I am not yet happy... although this surprising statement by you may be a small step in the right direction, it is only words not backed by deeds. Also, you still are lumping all "offenders" together whether they actually have hurt someone or not. It is extremely cruel and unconscionable that you would want a person like Alex Colletta to be locked up for ten years together with real rapists and pedophiles, when all he did was download some pictures that were made by someone else. He needs psychiatric help but not to be locked up with hardened criminals. Incidentally, YOU are a criminal yourself and it is my fervent hope that you soon get a taste of your own medicine.
@DrCroland For the record, that was what he meant to say. :-)
I'm trying to figure out which side this comment falls on. And honestly, I lost track of who was whom in this article. Did some people make mistakes? Yes. We're they idiotic mistakes? Definitely. Should someone be punished for the rest of their lives for that? Not necessarily.
@cpelata @borninlyoko First of all, I am not a sex offender, second of all, would killing someone, or bringing their face back over and over again in the form of ostracization bring peace to the victims any more than allowing those who are trying to live an honest life after their actions? I do not dispute that there are those who deserve to live out the rest of their natural, or less natural, lives behind bars (depending on the decision of the courts, not the whim of vigilantes). Those who have no interest in reforming themselves. And those that do are subjected to the treatment that Parkhurst has brought upon these people, by the logic of social psychology, are more likely to live up to what is expected of them, which is to relapse into their previous behavior.
@hlain9152 @papro_44 Hey Valerie -- er, I mean "hlain9152" --you're so BUTT-UGLY I bet you don't own any mirrors, because every time you look into one it cracks.
@hlain9152 @papro_44 hlain9152, own a few pill mills, do ya? Or perhaps you are one of the THOUSANDS of slumlords in the state that have local politicians in their back pockets ? No? Pawn shops perhaps? I'm not going anywhere. I plan on staying right the fvk here and exposing as much of the graft and cronyism in this a z z backward state as possible!
@val03 I am not a sex offender you stupid bitch and never was one. I am just an ordinary citizen who is extremely concerned about the effect that crazed, maniacal vigilantes like you are having on what was once a democracy where people are innocent until proven guilty and if found guilty, are supposed to be free from further torment by freaks like you after they have served their punishment.
@centaurea Even if someone just watches child porn they are guilty. Some poor kid was abused to make that for the entertainment of the predator.
@centaurea They haven't served out their debt of their debt includes being on the sex-offendor registry. Remember, a healthy alternative to the sex-offendor registry is an automatic 25 years to life sentence. The registry is a gift rapists, pedophiles and child porn pushers.
@hlain9152 @centaurea @DrCroland Valerie... you're an even bigger loser than the people you harass and torture. You have a hate-infested mentality and have forgotten that they are human beings who have already served out their debt, but that's not enough for you... what do you want now, their blood? This is what I meant btw when I said the word parasite.
@hlain9152 @papro_44 Why the name calling? We actually see eye to eye on most of these issues, don't fvk it up, I see the beginning of a good relationship here... stay in touch. Oh, and Alaska would be a far better place to live, but I, like you am stuck here for the time being, so I will attempt to at least bring to light the many wrongs of the god awful state.
@papro_44 Uh, actually idiot, YOU were the one that said you were leaving. If you can get rid of the pill mills and slumlords then more power to you. Don't know what your issue is with pawn shops, I've never been in one. Have to agree with you on backwards ass and cronyism, I'm not from here and am only here out of necessity myself. Personally I think of Florida as a third-world cesspool full of illegals, druggies, sub-human "African Americans" (Not all blacks don't get me wrong) freaks, weirdos, and inbred white trash. All of that doesn't have a damned thing to do with the subject at hand. I'll also say this: If you are a sex offender because you screwed some consenting 15 year old when you were 18 then you got screwed in more ways then one If you are a sex offender because you fondled a 10 year old when you were a teenager or older then you deserve to die.