More sex offender concerns

“Jamey singing at church- Don’t Allow Registered Sex Offenders on Facebook!!!Don’t Allow Registered Sex Offenders on Facebook!!!” “This a registered offender. This link was posted from youtube. It was placed there by his gf. An the link copied to fb by his mother. I, personally do not think his family should be posing him online as an avg…. guy where any young person could come along & think “oh, he seems cool, wonder what he’s like” etc. etc. Just need to be aware they are on here & many young people don’t know what they are getting themselves into when they chat w/people they don’t know.”

A little back story on this:

There is a link to a YouTube video featuring a man singing in church. Supposedly the man is Jamey and his girlfriend posted the video. The Facebook post above states that Jamey is a registered sex offender 1) shouldn’t be allowed on Facebook and 2) shouldn’t be depicted as an average person by the people in his life.

Let’s break this down and think about whether any of these claims have merit.

First off, there is no supporting evidence that Jamey, the man in the video, is a registered sex offender. There are national and local databases of sex offenders that the poster could have used to support the claim. So, why didn’t the person include that support? Do they expect that  everyone on Fb will just accept their statement? Regardless of whether this person really has been found guilty of a sex crime, the Facebook post has been reduced to nothing more than a rumor without any support.

Second, and this is assuming that Jamey really is a registered sex offender, we have no idea what this person was found guilty of. There are all kinds of different ways that someone can be branded as a sex offender. At worst, the person was found guilty of sexually abusing a helpless child. I don’t think there’s much controversy in calling these people scum. But, there are also people found guilty of sex crimes that are much more… innocent probably isn’t the right word. For instance, an 18 year old who has sex with his 16 year old girlfriend. Technically, that’s a sex crime in most states. But, the day before his 18th birthday, the consensual sex was completely legal. On his birthday, though, it became illegal. I could give Jamey a pass if this is the case.

The real problem is that the post spreads a serious accusation without any supporting information. It demonizes someone rather than making a cogent argument. If anyone should be banned from Facebook, it should be people who spread such hideous rumors.

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~ by facebookhoaxes on October 11, 2010.

4 Responses to “More sex offender concerns”

  1. Say that a 30 year old man has consensual sex with a 16 year old. He gets convicted, loses everything and ends up on the street after prison.

    He can’t find a job or a place to live. Because he is a labeled a child rapist, he becomes a complete outcast unable to maintain healthy relationships with friends and or woman.

    I’m sure that such treatment toward this individual will make things better for all of us.

  2. I find it odd that you go to great lengths to defend sex offenders (I should say that I do agree with your arguments) … people who have at least been convicted of what has been deemed a crime, but you throw around the word pedophile in some of your articles as does every other misinformed person. Pedophile does not equal child molestor. Ever been attracted to a 17 year old girl? Even a 16 or a 15 year old girl? Are you over the age of 17? You are a pedophile. This doesn’t mean that you are a child molestor. Someone can be attracted to someone under the age of 18 but that does not make them a “child molestor,” the term, which, I believe, you are looking for. Anyone who claims never to have been attracted to an underaged person is just a liar, plain and simple.

  3. AGREED!

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