Called “the worst of the worst”, people designated as “sexually violent predators” count about 3,700 nationally. They are people, like me and you, but convicted of sometimes heinous crimes and considered dangerous. One man who has been labeled a “sexually violent predator” serves as a good example of how this classification works.
According to USA Today, this sex offender has four felony sex convictions. His convictions include a rape, two attempted rapes, and “lewd and lascivious acts with a 13-year old girl.” He was released from prison in 1997 and committed to a mental hospital after being classified as a “sexually violent predator”.
While those people who have been convicted of sex offenses face stark penalties and lifelong repercussions, those considered dangerous enough for this classification face extra precautions designed to keep society safe.
The state of California is paying to house the man in question in an unincorporated community in the middle of the desert. He stays in a mobile home and only leaves for treatment and accompanied trips to the store. He is not allowed access to the Internet and is required to be monitored by GPS at all times.
While cases of sexually violent predators are extreme, convicted sex offenders often have to live with penalties for the rest of their lives. From registering as a sex offender to residential and employment restrictions, a sex offense can have effects that stretch long after the prison time has been served.
Another interesting issue the USA Today report brings up is the stigma this man, and others like him, must live with. While his is an extreme case, people convicted of sexual offenses are often seen as “sick” or perverted by society’s standards.
You can feel the stigma attached to these kinds of offenses from the moment you are accused. When facing a crime with such a negative stigma, you need a defense lawyer in your corner, advocating for your rights. If you are accused of rape, molestation, or another sex crime, contact me today.