May 18, 2015

Registered sex offender questions state's registry

Its about time a judge has declared something unconstitutional, now for the rest of this damaging registry; no one is protected by knowing where someone sleeps for a few hours of the night! Its a political ruse being played on the public.
5-18-15 Michigan:

A man's life turned upside down after he was convicted of a misdemeanor sexual assault more than a decade ago.

He denies the charge, but that has not stopped the state from putting him on the Michigan Sex Offender Registry for the next 16 years.

Nearly 10 years ago, Shaun Webb was married, had a young daughter and a job at a church in Oakland County.

He said his life completely changed in 2005 when he was accused of touching a 15-year-old girl inappropriately.

"I linked it to someone who causes an accident and doesn't look back," Webb said.

Webb said he did nothing wrong, but he was convicted of groping the teen. He was sentenced to nine months in jail and his name listed on Michigan's Sex Offender Registry for 25 years.

"When people hear the word sex offender it scares the devil out of people," he said.

Concerned neighbors, parents, even employers check Michigan's online sex offender registry on a regular basis. They said it's an easy way to keep track of people who could pose a serious threat to them and children nearby.

Webb said some people use the registry to keep him from moving on or even having a decent job.

"People put my picture up at jobs I did have," he said.

He's one of about 43,000 convicted sex offenders in the state whose names, pictures and addresses are made public for the world to see. Some argue the database is too broad.

"I'm lumped in with real child rapists," Webb said.

Last month a Michigan judge ruled that the state's sex offender law is unconstitutional, sighting its vagueness.

Webb hopes that means some changes will be made.

"They need to pair this thing down, if not totally abolish it," Webb said. ..Source.. by Brianna Owczarzak

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