February 26 there will be a meeting of the Council on Sex Offender Treatment. The meeting will address the new strategies they hope to implement to deregister certain sex offenders. This will be the final stages of the deregister process for some sex offenders. The Council hopes to reduce the amount of information they are currently uploading into the registry. Saying that weekly they are uploading 100 new sex offenders.
“This is a more common sense approach, we have to balance public safety with a limited amount of funds to ensure the maximum amount of public safety,” said Allison Taylor, executive director for the Council on Sex Offender Treatment. So this means that only with funds public safety will be met, not examining the public health issues involved in the deregistering process.
To deregister is a possibility for sex offenders convicted of, or placed on deferred adjudication for the following offenses: Compelling prostitution, Indecent exposure, Unlawful restraint, Indecency with a child by exposure, Possession or promotion of child pornography, Online solicitation of a minor, Sexual performance of a child, Indecency with a child — between 13 to 17 years old. Any attempts, conspiracies and solicitation of any of the above listed.
The implications of some of these offenses being deregistered are incredible. How can possession or promotion of child pornography be on this list. Most people can understand the fact that a young adult of 18 or 19 having a relationship with someone 16 (that could have said they were 18) have the opportunity to be deregistered. But someone in possession or promotion of child pornography this needs to be implemented to the fullest extent.
Their seems to be too many variables in the deregistering of the offenders. The Council is saying that they would have to go through a process of education and without any other felonies during the period of deregistering. The pro’s and con’s to this are vast for people that are combating sex trafficking. Because victims of sex trafficking many times are put on the registry for compelling prostitution. While the “johns” that are fueling the demand for sex trafficking are on the same sex offender registry. So the victim and the criminal are on the same registry.
If they could actually implement a new system of education and awareness to the registry that would help bring needed change in the right direction, or will it be another way for people to expose and harm children. The decriminalization of child pornography is step backward instead of forwards for child protection.
This article was contributed by James Cannon-Midland Reporter-Telegram