I have just looked into Mr. Lee due to the loss of a family member and started
to look up his information. Then I thought I would try to find out if he
registered as a sex offender and could not find his name anywhere listed in
Utah. Is he still around? And if so why has he not registered?
There are victims and violators. If the violator has the ability to resolve
their weakness - then the probation area should end. They should be able to
resume some semblance of a regular life. Now, of course, the victim - as well
can decide to put this behind them. I know - I was a victim. You have to
decide that you are going to make a difference in your life or you are going to
allow what has happened to you to be a crutch. It is sad the victim had to go
through what they went through. But forgiveness should have a bearing on a
second chance - both for the violator and the victim.
In answer to Craig - when does it ever end for a victim? We have difficulty
making a living due to long bouts of depression or thoughts of suicide, fear of
walking down a street without some kind of protection, forget having a normal
sexual relationship, and we're even forever 'afraid of the dark or things that
go bump in the night'. Trust is often replaced with cynism or bitterness. Life
sentences are normal consequences for victims, why not perps? If consequences
to each victim could be measured and proof there would never be escalting
behavior by the offender, by all means relax the standards until then, register
them all forever.
When does it ever end for a sex offender? California is now facing a special
homeless problem since they will not allow them to live anywhere. Mr Lee was
give 18 months probation, but it seems to have a life sentence attached. Should
we at least make some allowance for the severity of the offense so as to
concentrate on the most toublesome offenders. A troubled soul who is found
guilty of exposing himself somehow doesn't seem to be in the same class as a
brutal rapist. Can we, or should we try to register all of them forever?
I'm happy that men are being arrested for not registering. This will help
Washington County be a safer place.