Just one mistake

  • My offense dates back to 1988. I was a 18 year old kid with my whole life ahead of me . I found myself in a situation that I didn’t know would impact the rest of my life so far. I was accused of Indecency w/ a child a female neighbor who was 14 at the time.I didn’t have sex with her it was supposedly sexual contact. In  1990 ( July) just before my 20th birthday  I was sentenced to 5 years In the Texas Department of Corrections at that time there was no such thing as a registry. After serving not more than a year I was released on parole. In 1993 I violated my parole and was sent back to prison until 1995 and upon my release I was informed I would have to register as a Sex Offender for life @that point age 25 I had no idea of what an impact it would have on my life.I completed my parole in 1998 having gotten married and having a son living life as normal as I could being a registered Sex Offender. Fast forward to 2003 I  changed addresses without notifying my registering officer and was then sentenced to 2 years in prison for failure to comply in which I served the entire sentence(2005). That situation tore my marriage apart .Ending in divorce because of the strain of me being locked  away for 2 year which I had already paid my debt to society for. Fast forward again to 2007. I  remarried and tried to get back to some sense of normalcy and try and build  a new life I found it very hard to do my family have been forced to move from places I’ve been laid off from jobs or just wasn’t able to find employment due to being on the registry or just having this on my record. I’ve even went to pick my daughter up from school my name popped up as a Sex Offender and I was escorted to the principles office to explain the situation. I informed her to not let it have any bearing on my child’s education. I don’t want my 1 mistake to hurt my daughter she’s 10 it would kill me if it has any more impact on her than it already  has. Fast forward to 2015 I had to leave my family in search of employment because of the difficulty of finding employment my wife is a professional woman it would damage her character if her colleagues were to look on the registry and see me , anyway with me leaving my family to find work to support them I was able to find a good job finally. I registered  with the department where I was now residing everything was going smooth. I then found an even better job .Again here comes the Sex Offender registry to bite me again . I  fell to register my new employment  to the registration officer  within the 7 day grace period it didn’t help that the officer I had to register with hates anybody with the Sex Offender title no matter what the situation is .I’m on my way back to prison for failure to comply another 2 year sentence. So basically I was incarcerated for having a job . Honestly the pressure of trying to take care of my family and not going straight to my new employer and ask for a day off to go and register my new job cost me .I’m out on parole now being treated  as a horrible monster going through all the things I’ve already been through. Paying the same price all over again. I’m really afraid the slightest mistake can land me in prison for life due to this registry . I could be labeled a habitual criminal .This registry is no joke! Just know 1 mistake can ruin your life cause it has basically ruined mine.

2 Comments

  1. Most people will not understand registry rules until the see it first hand. I agree play with the rules but things are easy to miss when you have a 4 page rule lise that gives u 48 hours to register it. Florida is making it easier as alot of it can be done through the cyber comunication system. But imagine if every step in your life from phone numbers internet identifers, address, employment,phone numbers, car registration even a fishing license in florida. All within 48 hours. Then most are put under pressure cause u have to take of work. Im not saying he didnt make a mistake but who shlould have to live that way? HOw much longer can they punish us when our time is over?

  2. Why not follow the rules for the registry so you stop getting in trouble and going back to prison for it? It’s not like you are reoffending, but you’re not taking care of the things you need to in order to keep your nose clean. This doesn’t make sense to me. Hope you can recover. Play by the rules and this won’t happen again.

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