Kathy Petersen’s Blog

Map of Known Sexual Offenders

Posted in Uncategorized by Kathy on August 22, 2008

Go to Family Watchdog for free maps of Known Sex Offenders. You have to create an account and log in, but it’s free. You can also sign up for emails when sex offenders move in or out of the area. It was featured on the Dr. Phil show a couple of years ago.

One of the limitations of this or any other list of sex offenders is that there is no way of knowing the accuracy of the conviction. Many people plead guilty to lesser charges to avoid the penalties if they are convicted of all of the crimes they are charged with or accused of — guilty or innocent. So, I know that some of the people were wrongly convicted, or were innocent and just plead guilty to “put it all behind them and go on with their lives.” But, there are probably many more who are as guilty as can be, who were only convicted on minor chargers, or who plead guilty to minor charges, though they actually committed major charges.

I understand that most convictions on sexual crimes happen to those who have never been convicted of a sexual crime before; yet the reconviction rate of sex criminals is 25% within the first 15 years of release and even higher afterwards. Also, one survey found that of women who said that they had been sexually molested or abused before the age of 18 (in other words, had been victims of child molestation), only 12% reported it. Since not all accusations become convictions, then a low reconviction rate means almost nothing, if you’re trying to find out what the re-offense rate is for these scum.

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  1. jewishguy said, on August 30, 2008 at 4:27 am

    The numbers you’re posting are bogus and made up… FBI says 5% recid… Quit making up numbers to make your point. You don’t have to lie to rattle you sabers. Bigger does always mean better

  2. Kathy said, on August 30, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Actually, I got the “1/4 reoffend within 15 years” from a blog that you’d probably approve of: Constitutional Fights, just changed the wording a bit to emphasize *my* point. And here is a link with the “12%” figure — I originally read that figure elsewhere, but can’t remember the address.

    I was unable to find anything to substantiate your claim that the FBI says a 5% recidivism rate, but in my search I found several things that demonstrated a higher rate than what I said in my post. Some broke down the recid rate based on type of offense, with certain crimes having a higher rate than others.

    That being said, when I look at the SOR lists (we’re planning on moving soon), I draw a big distinction between the different types of offenders, and I also try to keep in mind that there are perverts that ought to be on the list that are not (my husband’s aunt’s recently deceased husband was one such), as well as those who are wrongly on the list. Plus, I take into consideration the type of crime — for instance, “statutory rape” doesn’t mean much to me, other than that a kid got caught with his girlfriend who was a little too young, or a girl lied about her age. Whereas “first degree sexual assault of a child” means a lot more.

  3. emma said, on September 9, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    hello my name is emma pene i was wanting to know of any sites that showed a map of these offenders for new zealand people i have had a look but cant find one i hate the thaught of my three young daughters out there with these kind of sick people

    thanks hoe to hear from you soon

    emma

  4. Kathy said, on September 10, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Emma,

    Here is a link to the New Zealand Sex Offenders and Violent Offenders Registry. They may be able to tell you if there is a map somewhere for New Zealand. It’s possible that NZ doesn’t allow the information to be published in that way; or it may just be that no one has done it yet. I know that on Google Maps you can make up your own map with a little marker for every place you want to map, and you could make up such a map, but it would take some time, and you’d want to check to make sure it isn’t illegal for you to dispense the information — sometimes governments like to keep the information market cornered.


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