The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Friday, January 25, 2008

Sex Offenders have low rate of re offending

Every time I turn around I have to hear someone insisting that the stats of sexual offenders re offending is so low. Not just low. But SO low. So low in fact- that it's just CRAZY that the public wants to justify horrid things like sex offender registries. The public is just mean for not letting these poor sex offenders serve their slap on the wrists sentences and then go freely on their way, back into our neighborhoods without as much as a blink.

I'd defend my position that these people flailing these claims around are wrong by giving actual stats from long term studies... but I've done that before. I could defend the cause by clearly explaining that sexual offenders of the 'pedophile' kind are known to have an average of 115 victims PRIOR to getting caught the first time and therefore are even less likely to get caught the second time. I could even defend the SOR by pointing out that studies only catch the ones that are caught and convicted... and therefore they can never be completely correct. But I won't. Because I've done that all before, and it does no good to continue pointing out the obvious to people who would rather stick their heads in the sand and justify their incorrect data with stupid ideas like "sex offender treatment programs work!!!". Instead, I thought I would just play a game of 'show and tell'.

Thomas Edwin Russell, 53, appeared Wednesday morning before Circuit Judge Tom Keith for a bond hearing. The judge set bond at $ 500, 000.

Russell's placement on the sex-offender registry occurred when he was convicted in Washington County of raping a 9-year-old girl.

He currently faces a Washington County charge of raping an 11-year-old girl. A trial is set for Tuesday. NWAnews

Huh... imagine that. A already registered sexual offender charged with... a new offense.
Newport News Police arrested a registered sex offender who they say solicited teenage boys in two separate incidents.

On January 6th, a 17-year-old says Thomas Kahsin, 73, approached him around 8:30 p.m. on the 11000 block of Warwick Boulevard and offered him money to perform a sex act on him.

From Newport News Police

Thomas Kahsin, suspect

The second incident allegedly took place on January 22nd. WVEC

Wow... shocking, another offender charged again in a sex crime.
Police say 28-year-old Christopher Hagan, of Richmond, was doing door-to-door sales in November when at one house he allegedly tried to solicit sex from a woman, and then began touching her. During an investigation into that incident, police say they learned about another victim: a 14-year-old girl from Richmond. WCAX

What do you know... another one.
Heh... and that's just a few in the last few days.

Someone tell me again how sex offenders aren't likely to commit another sex crime...