About All Those Innocent Kids on the Sex Offender Registry…

Sometimes I’ll get some pervert-loving crank to one of my articles who will claim America is just awful for making criminal deviants register on a database that single mothers can check before moving some dude in their house. When I point out that the Constitution doesn’t guarantee you the right to not be known for your crimes they change to the common liberal tactic of screaming “what about the children!” and making wild claims about “innocent” kids getting thrown on the registry for life because they made a dirty joke or something equally innocuous.

Of course, that’s not how registries work. In most states kids who get on juvenile registries have those records expunged when they reach adulthood unless they’ve done something particularly heinous and in many cases it’s damn near impossible for a child to be registered. Case in point, in Ohio a 13-year-old will avoid being put on a sex offender registry – after getting caught raping a 3-year-old twice :

A 13-year-old boy is being held in the Lucas County Juvenile Detention Center after being charged with two counts of rape.

The boy from East Toledo was arraigned Wednesday in Lucas County Juvenile Court. He is scheduled to be in court again May 17 at 9 a.m.

The victim is a 3-year-old boy, said Lori Olender, an assistant Lucas County prosecutor and supervisor of the juvenile division. The boy is accused of rape in two separate incidents, Ms. Olender said.

The boy will not be certified as an adult, she said.

“What we try to do with these, on sex offenses, we try to get them as much help as we can,” Ms. Olender said. “At this age, there’s probably some reason that they’ve done something like this. Hopefully we can catch them quick enough.”

Ms. Olender, who is not the prosecutor on the case, said she isn’t sure who reported the rape. In juvenile court, rape is a first-degree felony.

“Dealing with someone who is just 13 years old, we’ll just seek treatment for this kid and he probably won’t be in custody past the time he gets through this,” she said.

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At 13 years old, the boy will not have to register as a sex offender; at 14 and 15 years old, the court has discretion on registration. Sex offender registration isn’t mandatory until the suspect is 16 years old.

Wow. Sounds draconian! Sorry pervert lovers, but our justice system doesn’t treat degenerates unfairly. Grow up and move on.

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