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Georgia GOPer Defending Sex Offenders’ ‘Right’ to Be in Schools and Parks With Your Kids

Currently, Georgia’s 7.4% unemployment rate places it shamefully at 39th in the nation. One Republican, however, has decided to do something to change that. Newly-elected Sam Moore is pushing for sweeping regulations that would…allow registered sex offenders to go where they wished including schools and playgrounds?!?

Goddammit… In yet another showing of family values-ness, the freshman Georgia Representative wants to make his mark by introducing HB 1033, also known as the ‘Stop Oppressing Uncle Bad Touch” bill (before you Google, he doesn’t actually call it that). Moore argues that this monumentally stupid legislation is necessary because once a sex offender has done his or her time, they should not be watched. At all. Because ‘intrusive government.’

Moore’s signature legislation would get rid of the crime of “loitering” altogether and would enable convicted sex offenders to once again proceed unhindered to the nearest playground, church camping trip, or petting zoo. Moore says that the risk that a person will re-offend is far outweighed by the increase in FREEDOM.

Moore’s bill would also prevent law enforcement from forcing anyone to identify themselves for any reason. Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison called the bill “simply insane.” Garrison said on Friday that “Sexual predators are one of this country’s most violent (type of) offenders. If there’s any equal it would be an out-and-out serial killer.” He is horrified by allowing predators to “once again lurk around our parks, around our schools, around our swimming pools.”

Former GOP chair Bob Rugg is furious with Moore’s bill. “I can’t imagine a bill like this even coming out of committee,”Rugg said on Friday. “It just doesn’t make any sense to me to eliminate that shield of protection (for children). From the way I read his own comments about it, he (thinks he’s) protecting the Fifth Amendment right to silence. That’s silly.”

Fellow Republican Rep. John Pezold told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he is “shocked and appalled anyone would suggest that pedophiles should be allowed to loiter near day care centers, schools — the places where our children learn and play.” Pezold added, “If Mr. Moore’s mission was to come down to the state Capitol and alienate his colleagues by staking out positions that no one in their right mind could agree with, he can now hang a ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner behind him because he has done just that.”

Moore, the sole supporter of the bill, says this is not about protecting sex offenders. This is about the right to remain silent…whatever that means.

No information on whether or not he has received donations from NAMBLA is available.

 

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  • Patty

    The registry should not be viewed as a tool of punishment or an infringement of sex offenders rights. Rather, it should be viewed as a tool of accountability. Registering helps offenders continue to make choices that support a prosocial way of thinking and behavior, thus aiding n their success of maintaining their freedom, living a prosocial life and NOT CREATING ANOTHER VICTIM. The most important thing is that another victim isn’t created.

  • devriewise

    A. If this is about employing people, I’m sure non-offenders would like jobs too.
    B. If this is about having served their time, then they are NOT serving long enough time.
    C. If he cares so much about people’s rights after having “served their time,” why not work on bills that allows non-violent offenders to more easily clear their records so they can actually get gainful employment.

    What a bunch of bologna is this?

  • Diane

    Is this guy a convicted sex offender? After all, why would he submit a bill to allow sex offenders near kids if he didn’t want that for himself? Just asking…

  • VinaigretteGirl

    Georgia, Georgia – if you had a mind….

  • https://plus.google.com/103364616825947594095 Betsy Penisten

    Uh, ‘the risk of re-offending is far outweighed by freedom.’ So, freedom was more important than the lives of Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook? Who votes for these monsters?

  • https://www.facebook.com/rruthbj R Burland Johnson

    All the Tea Partian males seem inordinately fond of talking about rape, pedophiles, womens reproductive organs and other disturbing conversations that shouldn’t be talked about much less approved of. I do wonder what it is they are doing, planning on doing or thinking about doing. When they start talking economic woes and job making I might consider them politicians. Until then they are just a bunch of rabble rousing, sex talking, religion flag wrapping fanatics.

  • http://facebook http://www.leg.state.vt.us/workGroups/sexoffenders/AWA_SORNsummary.pdf – sotamis

    Recidivism among pedophiles is high. 32% strike again within 4 years. Yes , it is a hardship on them even after serving their time but you made the bed, now sleep in it. http://www.leg.state.vt.us/workGroups/sexoffenders/AWA_SORNsummary.pdf -

    • Faith

      You might want to read more than the first paragraph of your link. Recidivism among sex offenders is much lower than public perception, and way less than for other crimes. Read the whole article, written by an expert in this field, and you will find that she explains how most of the sex offender legislation we have (registries, notifications, housing and work restrictions, etc.) are feel good laws based on knee jerk reactions to what were actually extremely rare but heavily sensationalized crimes. That shouldn’t minimize how horrific those crimes were, but it does not make them a good basis to create laws that will actually help the situation and really protect our children, instead of just making us feel like they are protected. It’s much better to draft laws based on science and research with input from professionals who actually work in these fields, than feel good laws based on emotion from politicians whose only real priority is getting themselves reelected.

      • Dan

        There are sex offenders that do need to be watched but not as many as are now. I know that classification process is the problem. Someone may have committed lets say an armed robbery and a rape. Well they go to prison and do there time. Upon release they make a classification of 1,2,or 3 based on the likelihood to reoffend. But the problem is this they can not separate the crimes and risk. Lets say the rape was a underage girlfriend and they deem he is a low risk to reoffend at. But this person is being released as homeless and has little or no job skills. I can see a high risk for one crime but not the other. It is hard enough to find housing as a high risk felon never mind adding the SO label as well. Especially if the person is NOT a high risk for another sex crime. But all the people see is high risk and SO and think OMG can’t have that living next to me. To tell you the truth this is a true story and happens all the time. The person I am talking about has a former probation officer that writes letters to any prospected landlord or employer this person needs because he know this man is not what his label says. The system is clearly flawed

  • JFischer

    We may have a well-intentioned, naive, newcomer on the political scene, here, rather than a hypocrite. At least, I hope that’s his motivation. He’s certainly pissing off the rest of the Republicans.

    If there’s any solution short of murder or life incarceration, I can’t think of it.

    This is one of the big problems with dealing with sex offenders: in many cities, the places they cannot go are so numerous that the forbidden areas overlap, preventing them from searching for jobs and housing in the first place, never mind actually taking the job or moving into the housing. As a result, many of them go underground and off the grid. Now they’re unemployed and untrackable, a nasty combination.

    I refer to the REAL offenders, the ones who raped or groped children. Forcing them out of sight doesn’t remove the danger of recidivism: it increases it. They have nothing to lose.

    It also screws the poor jerk who got drunk and took a whizz in the wrong place, or the 18-year-old dating the 16-year-old (who can be charged), or the parents who decided to let their son/daughter take their dates to the bedroom.

    • Adrianne Hayden

      Sorry, but once you harm a child, life shouldn’t be easy for you. So what if sex offenders have a tough time finding jobs and housing? That’s part of the extended punishment. And for those who are the 18′s dating the 16′s a little restraint might be in order, and better education of the statutory rape laws. True offenders should have tougher sentencing, but when turned back out into society they should expect to be treated like the animals they are.

      • PNoble

        Adrianne, I totally agree with you. Unfortunately, you are missing JFischer’s point. My local police department posts pictures and info (including address and place of employment, if any) on convicted sex offenders in the area every time they move, violate notification laws, get released from prison, etc. on its facebook page. Most of the offenders are unemployed, at least at the time of the release of information. Now, I don’t know about most people who view that information, but I feel much more comfortable when I can see that they are employed, and where they are employed, as well as where they are living, compared to seeing the ones who aren’t employed and have a lot of free time on their hands, and or are being sought by police because they haven’t registered where they live. And JFischer is absolutely right. Because there are so many forbidden areas in every metropolitan area (thankfully so), many of them go off the radar. The old adage rings true: Keeps your friends close and your enemies closer

  • MarkB

    On one hand, there HAVE to be a number of legislators, even in GEORGIA, who have the brainpower to see the LUNACY of this. I will hold out hope that there are, since I HAVE to hope so. But just in case, I wonder if this Sam Moore has kids…. THEY don’t deserve to suffer, but HE does.

    On the other hand, those Peach-heads DID elect this damned fool……..

  • https://www.facebook.com/guylauten Guy Lauten

    One has to wonder why this issue of “pedophile freedom” is so important to Mr. Moore. Planning for the future, perhaps?

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