Not all convicted felons are sex offenders

This week’s blog which asked the question; “would you hire a convicted felon”, received so many comments that we decided to do a follow-up blog instead of answering each comment individually.

The first thing that stood out, was that all of the comments revolved around sex offenders. That was unusual since the theme of the blog was not about sex offenders, but advising would-be employers to be careful about pre-judging job seekers.

It would appear that the topic of sex offenders is one which requires additional attention. I would like to mention at this time, that due to the one-sided nature of most of the comments, it would appear as if most, maybe all of those making the comments had either been convicted of a sex crime in their past, or were closely connected to someone who had.

So then, what did we say that caused so many feathers to be ruffled? It would appear that much of what was written was taken out of context. Nearly all of the comments spoke to the nature of the sex offender’s crime. It should have already been very clear, I was not investigating this guy, therefore I do not know what his exact charges related to, other than being a sex crime.

Unlike those of you who commented though, I would not automatically jump to conclusions that it was “mere mooning” or a “he said, she said” situation. Do those of you making these comments really believe that all sex offenders are guilty of nothing more than a “technicality”?

By the same token, do you succumb to the notion that nobody in jail is actually guilty of any wrong doing? Who do you think commits bank robberies and murders, or rapes and child molestations?

If you believe that you got a raw deal, by all means discuss it. By all means, educate the readers. I am sure that the greater majority of people do not realize that one can be convicted of a sex crime for mooning a urinating in public. Use the forum to enlighten.

If, on the other hand, your purpose is to get people to feel sorry for you, then you are doing yourself and the readers a grave diservice. Know that we will publish your comments and reply to them openly. We are not afraid of controversy and do not have to worry about satisfying an Editor’s demands or pissing off our advertisers.

Speaking of replying to comments, those of you who claimed that I was using sex offenders to promote my business are giving way too much credit to the power of blogs. For the record, I have not done any business relating to sex offenders since the last blog was published. If I had, I would state that I had done so without hesitation.

It is the nature of business to engage in self-promotion. Ever heard of a car dealer running ads on television and in newspapers? If we “drum up” business as a result of a blog, that is considered a bonus. It is not however, the main purpose of writing. I write to educate and inform.

There are over three hundred blogs here. Take a look through them and you will see that they give people tips and information on how to safeguard themselves, protect their employees, business and other assets. You will also see that we give professional advice to investigators and bodyguards.

To the person who wrote that I was riding the sex offender gravy train….is there really such a train? I will say that some of your comments did have some merit. For instance, the person who said that the employer would not fire this sex offender based on heresay – yes I agree, nor should they fire him based on rumors alone.

As for the person who doubted that the sex offender said anything inappropriate – what planet are you from? Are you the same one who thinks that jails are bursting at the seams with innocent people? The fact that some of his female colleagues are afraid to step forward and drop a dime on him, does not make him innocent – it just shows that they are afraid.

Most of you making these comments should not be surprised that they have not stepped forward. Didn’t you step behind the veil of annonymity to voice your opinion?

The next time, think about how you can state your case in a fair and balanced manner. I’d also advise you to read and understand what was written before rushing to comment.

You just might find that people will be more inclined to see your point of view if you are capable of seeing theirs.

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Comments

  1. Bennie Walton says:

    I came across this blog through Google Alerts I received on information and news about sex offenders and associated happenings including the constant making of new laws.

    I appreciate your response and may add that there is a certain amount of offense or denial that some people who had committed a listed sex offense have, and some denial by parents as to the gravity of the offense. Shame is a motivator in some instances to downplay actual occurrences.

    It is also true that there are many people now labeled as a sex offender whose crime if any truly does not merit the label, and it is true that there remains a certain amount of bitterness amongst people so labeled for anyone they perceive is not giving them a fair shake, but prejudging as to who they really are.

    It goes without saying that there are real child molesters and real predators, and real people who molested (incest) a family member or friend.

    Most of these people recognize albeit the hard way that what they did was wrong, but that what they did should not define who they really are. This goes to the second chance factor that a federal law denied them but gave all other person’s convicted of a crime.

    When I speak of sex offenders I speak of the majority or at least the many that will never do what they did again, and I speak of those who plead guilty either to the original charge or to a lesser charge because they were told it was the only way.

    My overall point is understand there is bitterness maybe not rightfully directed, and there is bitterness of not being given a second chance by society, which is really the fault of politicians, the media, and the crusaders who want these people punished continuously regardless of what they did or did not do.

    Rest assured some anger is warranted, some bitterness is warranted, but that anger never should be used as an excuse to hide ones facts.

    All things are not equal when it comes to the phrase "sex offender" as it has been made to mean exclusively: Child molester, pedophile, and sexual predator, and there lies the anger. Terms promoted by media, politicians, and the crusaders.

    Most of these people have a very difficult road ahead of them. Most who were not convicted of a felony will in time find a way if the locality, state, or federal government would stop heaping more laws upon them. There too lies the anger.

    Although denial of facts should not be condoned even on your blog, many if not most of these people will come to full grips with what they did, and with what others might have done to them (the false accusation).
    You are demonstrating some understanding and you should be commended for that, for understanding as to what is actually happening in legislatures across this land is not understood, nor is it understood by the public who can become a sex offender until it happens to them, then they become concerned about the extremeness and unfairness of many of these laws.
    The federal government tried to take away due process (fairness in the laws) from those labeled terrorist, saying those people are not deserving. Just as much is said of anyone labeled a sex offender, and we have seen a diminishing of due process, and a near elimination of ex post facto to name the two most egregious denials by government against these people as a whole.
    It’s ok for them to vent, but respectfully keep them honest, as we should do with anyone else.

  2. Bennie says:

    I came across this blog through Google Alerts I received on information and news about sex offenders and associated happenings including the constant making of new laws.

    I appreciate your response and may add that there is a certain amount of offense or denial that some people who had committed a listed sex offense have, and some denial by parents as to the gravity of the offense. Shame is a motivator in some instances to downplay actual occurrences.

    It is also true that there are many people now labeled as a sex offender whose crime if any truly does not merit the label, and it is true that there remains a certain amount of bitterness amongst people so labeled for anyone they perceive is not giving them a fair shake, but prejudging as to who they really are.

    It goes without saying that there are real child molesters and real predators, and real people who molested (incest) a family member or friend.

    Most of these people recognize albeit the hard way that what they did was wrong, but that what they did should not define who they really are. This goes to the second chance factor that a federal law denied them but gave all other person’s convicted of a crime.

    When I speak of sex offenders I speak of the majority or at least the many that will never do what they did again, and I speak of those who plead guilty either to the original charge or to a lesser charge because they were told it was the only way.

    My overall point is understand there is bitterness maybe not rightfully directed, and there is bitterness of not being given a second chance by society, which is really the fault of politicians, the media, and the crusaders who want these people punished continuously regardless of what they did or did not do.

    Rest assured some anger is warranted, some bitterness is warranted, but that anger never should be used as an excuse to hide ones facts.

    All things are not equal when it comes to the phrase "sex offender" as it has been made to mean exclusively: Child molester, pedophile, and sexual predator, and there lies the anger. Terms promoted by media, politicians, and the crusaders.

    Most of these people have a very difficult road ahead of them. Most who were not convicted of a felony will in time find a way if the locality, state, or federal government would stop heaping more laws upon them. There too lies the anger.

    Although denial of facts should not be condoned even on your blog, many if not most of these people will come to full grips with what they did, and with what others might have done to them (the false accusation).
    You are demonstrating some understanding and you should be commended for that, for understanding as to what is actually happening in legislatures across this land is not understood, nor is it understood by the public who can become a sex offender until it happens to them, then they become concerned about the extremeness and unfairness of many of these laws.
    The federal government tried to take away due process (fairness in the laws) from those labeled terrorist, saying those people are not deserving. Just as much is said of anyone labeled a sex offender, and we have seen a diminishing of due process, and a near elimination of ex post facto to name the two most egregious denials by government against these people as a whole.
    It’s ok for them to vent, but respectfully keep them honest, as we should do with anyone else.

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