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Sex Offender Registry

July 9, 2014 in California, due process, false accusation, justice

If you are like most parents, when you consider moving to a new location, one of the first things you check is the Sex Offender Registry. What you don’t know is that more often than not, people end up on the Sex Offender Registry for petty or stupid reasons.  The list is practically useless.

Sign, Wapello, Iowa. This was put up in reacti...

Sign, Wapello, Iowa. This was put up in reaction to Megan’s Law. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some states, like California requires all sex offenders to register for the rest of the lives.  [Read about it here.]

Back in 1947 California became the first state to require sex offenders to register with law enforcement after being released from prison. Now there are just under 100,000 sex offenders on the state’s lifetime registry — most of whom can be found on the state’s public website. But here’s what a lot of people don’t know: California is one of just four states requiring all sex offenders to register for the rest of their lives.

The state board that oversees the registry believes it’s time to overhaul the registry to make it smaller and easier to spot those at high risk of re-offending. [Read more…]

I am a parent, I know how important it is to protect our children from predators but the way the list is now, it isn’t protecting anyone.  It splits up families.

One family in particular comes to mind.  The guy was 19, his girl-friend was 16.  He was prosecuted for statutory rape, put on the list and unable to spend time with his baby once it came.  I felt so badly for him.  His crime?  Falling in love with someone 3 years younger than him.  He’s still paying.

There are plenty more instances where the lives of innocent people are being ruined because of laws that make no sense at all.  Why can’t they write laws that protect people.  Innocent children are being affected by these asinine laws.  It’s time they were changed.  Learn more about the problem. Watch this video.


Nevada DFS: LIES

December 22, 2013 in Child Protective Services, corruption, Nevada

My child was kidnapped by my ex-husband while he was being investigated for sexually abusing our toddler. The police said that the doctors opinions that the child had been assaulted wasn’t enough to make an arrest, they needed his DNA inside her, or a video of him committing the act.

CPS was called by the doctors, and the state of Nevada’s own state child therapist diagnosed my baby with PTSD, from a sexual assault that the therapist believed occurred at the hands of her father. The CPS caseworker said she had no case, and to stop wasting her time, she turned the investigation on me, then made a “substantiated findings of abuse and neglect” on ME, just from statements made by my ex husband.

I went all the way to the “Fair Hearing” and proved the caseworker had lied and neglected to do her job. They were COURT ORDERED to remove me from the “Child Abuse Registry.” DFS, and every other government agency says they can’t force CPS to do anything, despite the court order being ignored.

Now in retaliation they have recommended sole physical custody to my ex, and continue to harass me. I haven’t broken the law, or ever abused any of my children, (two are grown, one is younger and living in Texas with her God parents while I fight for my now five year old in Nevada).   They think they are above reproach, no matter what proof I have, or what a Hearing Master Ordered in a court order. They are ruining my life, and have kept my baby and I from spending one minute alone in three years. I’m exhausted, and emotionally spent. Can you offer any advice?

Victoria Reynolds

The CPS caseworker Nicole Miller avoided needing a Judge to sign off on this and give me what’s known as a “family plan” (a parents chance to jump through hoops for the state, to reconnect with the child) by not having any reason to arrest me. So as I am not a criminal, I have still been given no attorney. Where as a rapist or murderer would be given an attorney by law if they could not afford one, but NOT a single mother working her way through school, neither arrested nor convicted of anything.

Can this REALLY happen?

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No Legal Recourse

April 16, 2007 in child abuse, false accusation, New York

Child Abuse Registry

New York State wrongly places couple on child abuse registry after couple looses child in accident.

On September 14th, 1996, the family was living in a small town in Otsego County, New York. They were just moving in that week. The father, Chris, had taken a job with the farmer that owned the house.

There was an in-ground pool on the property 75 feet from the back door of the tenant house that the family was moving into. Past the pool was the barn that Chris would be working in.

On this day, Chris came home for a break before evening chores. Mary, then 8-months-old, was not feeling well and the three boys Josh, Logan and Brady had to stay inside because I couldn’t take them out.

When Chris went to leave for chores, the family was in the living room. The three boys followed Chris out to the back door and I heard them ask if they could go to feed the cows with him, I didn’t hear what he told them. Mary was fussy and I was trying to calm her. When the boys didn’t come back in the room I assumed Chris had let them go to the barn. About 45 minutes later the two older boys came back in the room, I asked where their brother was and they said with Dad. I thought Chris had brought them back over.

A short while later, Chris came in, when I asked him where Bunches was, he said, "I thought he was with you," we started searching. I found Brady floating in the pool and tried to do CPR while Chris called for help. He was pronounced dead at Bassett Hospital.

If that wasn’t enough pain and suffering for our family, we were about to find out just how bad it could get.

After the funeral I was asked by the Sheriff to bring the boys and come down to the Sheriff’s office. They spoke to me and then the boys. Josh came out after the interview and the first thing he said to me was "Mommy, I didn’t hurt Brady." I told him I knew that, and the sheriff told me he was sorry, nobody thought he did. He was wrong.

The CPS Worker, Nancy, had more or less out right accused the 7-year-old of causing the drowning; this started 8 months of pure hell.

Finally, the family moved out of the county over a three-day weekend and Nancy was called on Monday and told to to leave us alone. She told me I had to sign permission for her to forward the case to the new county CPS worker. I wouldn’t, and didn’t. They showed up any way, but when I showed them the letter I had kept asking me to sign permission proving that I hadn’t they left without ever seeing one of my son’s or Chris. The case was closed.

Ten years later, February of 2007, I was helping a young mother who was having trouble caring for her infant. The girl took the baby to the doctors after a weekend at her boyfriend’s house. The baby was dirty so they reported her to CPS, when I took the girl and the baby to see the caseworker investigating her. They informed the girl that Chris and I were unfit to help her because we had "caused a child fatality 10-years prior and were listed on the State Register of Child Abuse."

I was sick and stunned. I had no idea.

I wrote to the State Registry and asked them to review and expunge the record, the request was denied. Now I am waiting for a hearing to be scheduled to ask that it be looked at again and the record corrected.

We were never brought before a judge or jury. We were never found guilty of a crime. Yet, this record can be brought up and thrown in our face anytime a CPS worker wants to torment us. They can tell others like the young girl we were helping, so that Brady’s death is used to hurt us publicly.

Chris is currently paid by the same county to baby-sit for our two nephews. I was paid by another county to work with families who had kids with special needs and emotional disturbances. I was also employed by a state pilot program to work with emotionally disturbed children and their families. This had never been brought up before.

My sister-in-law-to-be had her son released to her, while residing in my home, by a family court Judge. Yet, no one ever mentioned my name being on a child abuse registry. Why is it that only one of the two counties involved in the original torment brings this up, yet other counties will pay me to help families and children?

Michele Bridge

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