Sex Offender Laws Back On The Books

The “do over” version of this legislation was signed into law by Governor Perdue yesterday, per the Savannah Morning News.

Perdue’s move is likely to attract a swift answer from civil rights groups, who have vowed to challenge the new law on grounds that it renders vast portions of the state off-limits to sex offenders.


  1. girl.esther says:

    that didn’t last long- a lawsuit has already been filed! From an email from the Southern Center for Human Rights:

    “We have now re-doubled our efforts to fight this legislation in the courts and have already filed an Amended Complaint to include SB 1’s provisions in the ongoing Whitaker litigation.”

  2. Goldwater Conservative says:

    You know,…if we had a prison system that focused its attention on rehabilitation as opposed to incarceration, bills like this might not be necessary.

  3. johnmartinforafreegeorgia says:

    You know,… if those perverts that like to molest little children did not do it in the first place we wouldn’t have to enact this type of legislation in the first place.

    At what point did this society go from shaming and isolating those that break societal norms to coddling them?

    I was going to say: “Anyone who can defend these people should have their children in a daycare run by them”… Then I decided that their children are already being screwed because their parents are hotards.

  4. girl.esther says:

    JohnMartin, the problem is that our sex offender laws make little distinction between sexual predators and people who had consensual sex as teenagers. so the sheriffs have to spend all their time evicting people who had oral sex with their boy/girlfriends ten years ago rather than focusing on actually monitoring the predators, who we SHOULD be afraid of.

  5. Josh4507 says:

    girl.esther, as a Sheriff’s Deputy who is responsible for enforcing this law, GIVE ME A BREAK! The VAST majority of sex offenders are the real deal. I have never evicted a sex offender that was a boyfriend/girlfriend sex type situation.

  6. Bill Simon says:


    But, there ARE cases of people in jail for having consensual sex as a teenager with another teenager.

    Where is your sense of justice? Is it okay to require this population (albeit a small percentage of the whole) of sex “offenders” (who are offenders only because of a back-asswoods written law) of people be required to adhere to the same restrictions as , say, a 25 year-old male who sodomized a 12 year-old girl against her will?

    “Vast majority” does not mean “100% of them.” You’re willing to sit there and say it’s okay by you if a law remains as it is and to hell with the folks who AREN’T members of the “vast majority” of true sex offenders being punished for life because some jackass of a legislator doesn’t want to address the crack in the law?

  7. Josh4507 says:

    Bill, they addressed the issue of the “Romeo and Juliet” cases and made them misdemeanor offenses, it’s not like they were caught selling lemonade without a permit, these are CRIMES albeit minor (no pun intended).

    It is a felony crime to have oral sex with your 15 year old girlfriend as a 19 year old male. It’s a lesser crime if the male is 16. You have to draw the line somewhere.

    These sex offenders are not necessarily punished for life, they can petition to be taken off the registry (yes, I have seen this work).

  8. MSBassSinger says:

    It seems most of the folks writing on this are unclear on this bill, and its predecessor, HB1059. I apologize for this being so long, but it takes more work to unscramble an egg than to scramble it.

    I am all for the provisions that severely punish adults who wilfully and knowingly molest children. No one of sane mind can defend what child molesters do.

    Only a minority of those on the registry are predators, have molested children, or commited violent sexual crimes.

    That said, the RINOs have done a poor job of actually passing laws that protect. Nothing in HB1059 or SB1 offers any protection.

    Whether you have ears to hear or not, here are some indisputable facts:

    1. Sex offenders have the lowest recidivism rate of any felony. That has been shown to be true by the US Dept. of Justice, the Ohio Dept. of Corrections, and other law enforcement bodies. So the myth avbout “sex offenders will almost always reoffend” is patently false. Sexual predators, however, are very likely to reoffend.

    2. Out of 15,000+ registered sex offenders in Georgia, only 42 are classified as sexual predators.

    3. Law enforcement and groups representing victims of adult and sexual abuse told our RINOs in hearings they do not want this law, and that it would make things worse.

    4. HB1059 contributed to the death of a 6 year old boy in Brunswick because the sex offender, who was being monitored and in treatment, was forced to move and wound up back with his sexually deviant parants. The boy’s father was also forced to move, and wound up in one of the very few places they could live – in the same trailer park as the murderer. The places they lived in at teh time of the crime were in compliance with HB1059 and approved by the Sheriff’s department.

    5. RINO legislators have done what the ACLU types feared to do – criminalize protected 1st amendment freedoms of religion. There are many sex offenders whose lives were turned around by Christ, and they have lived years of exemplary lives to show it. If one of those no-risk sex offenders was asked to testify in church as to what his faith has done for him, or volunteers to sing in the church choir or some other volunteer work in his or her church (not involving minors, and where the church leadership is fully aware of his or her offenses), that practice of religion is now punishable by 10 years (min) in prison, and the church can be prosecuted for their part in violating SB1. The State is now authorized by this law to dictate who the church can and cannot have speak, sing, or otherwise volunteer for an appropriate ministry. This puts the camel’s nose under the tent. It sets precedent whereby a Democrat legislature can now pass laws dictating as hate speech the mere reading and preaching on how the practice of homesexuality, sex outside of marriage, and that abortion is murder, would be hate speech. If the Stat ecan dictate who can volunteer or not, they can dicate a lot more about your church if this law stands. You will notice the ACLU types at the Southern Center aren’t disputing this provision. It fits nicely into their worldview.

    6. HB1059 and now SB1, have harmed more innocent women and children, and helped none. Many hundreds of innocent spouses and children have been forced to move, or forced to leave jobs or schools, because the laws forced them to move. Where they lived was approved by the State, and the offenders were being monitored there. Now they have had to give up their homes for no good reason. That has led to foreclosures and broken leases for people who were obeying the law and leading productive lives.

    7. The ex post facto application of HB1059 and SB1 goes against an originalist reading of the Constitution. People who have paid their debt to society – many who never harmed a child – were forced back on the registry and out of their homes by retroactively applying these laws – which again, do nothing to protect anyone.

    8. Pedophiles are those who seek to abuse pre-pubescent minors (typically 13 and under). Those who had sex with teen minors are still offenders, but are not pedophiles.

    The truth is that Level I (no-risk and low-risk) sex offenders pose no real risk to the community. The registry was designed for, and still named for, violent sexual offenders ,which is all Level III (the 42 or so predators) and some Level II offenders. Level I offenders shouldn’t even be on the registry (and originally were not) since they are not a risk to the community and have committed no violent crime.

    There are many offenders on the registry who never inappropriately touched a child or tried to, or committed rape of an adult.

    If the RINOs really wanted to make a good law, effective at protecing children, they could have.
    HB1059 and SB 1 should have applied to Level III (predator) sex offenders, even retroactively. Those who are Level II offenders should be required to register for a minimum of 10 years or the length of their sentence, whichever is longer. Level I offenders should not be on the registry at all.

    The person who said sex offenders can petition to get off the registry doesn’t know what they are talking about. Under SB1, the offender must be on the registry for 10 years after their sentence is completed before they can petition – and that is applied retroacively. That means even if the sentencing court gave a person 10 years on the registry, they must now serve 20 years (or more) on the registry.

    The State knows who the no-risk and low-risk offenders are. They should focus on those who are a risk to reoffend. They are a lot fewer than 15,000, meaning law enforcement can spend more time on those who are a real threat.

    Any of you who so piously want to heap on more punishment, and believe the myth that all registered sex offenders are predators waiting to strike – I challenge you to make that argument face-toface to an innocent spouse who lost her home, or to his/her innocent children who suffer ridicule at school even though the sex offender hasn’t harmed anyone. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of such innocent spouses and children.

    The sex offender should serve his or sentence, and pay his/her debt to society. But it is unconservative and unAmerican to keep heaping punishment on someone after a judge has passed sentence, and to do so to his or her innocent family members.

    And if you are tempted to write, “What about the victim?” go back and read what I wrote in teh first paragraph. I am all for punishment that fits the crime, and I am for the death penalty for those who forcibly rape an underage child. What I am not for is a law like SB1 whose real purpose is to get the votes of hysterial soccer moms and the wimpy husbands who have personal items in her testicle lockbox.

  9. Bill Simon says:


    Thank you for pointing out the difference between “sex offenders” and “sexual predators.”

    In answer to your point about the legislature changing the laws to protect children, the answer is that they may or may not be “RINOS”, but two things I know they are is: Ignorant, and Lazy-minded.

    Nothing else would explain their continued adhesion to ignoring the sex offenders’ plight of being subjected to the same “punishment-for-life” that sexual predators are subjected to.

  10. MSBassSinger says:

    Bill Simon, well said.

    I find it ironic that many of the State Reps and Sens consider themselves Christians and say the believe in the originalist interpretation of the Constitution and in keeping government out of running the church.

    Yet, with this law, they are causing unnecessary harm to fellow Christians, mostly innocent spouses and children. They certainly contributed to causing harm to the 6 year old boy that was killed. They have entangled government into the operation of the church’s mission. By asserting this law helps protect children when they know it won’t, that is bearing false witness.

    I have to wonder if there is some mysterious ray that eminates from the State House that erases any shred of honor and virtue from those who serve as a Rep of Sen.

  11. girl.esther says:

    Josh, the romeo and juliet provisions cannot be retroactively applied. they are great for people convicted since 2006 but do nothing for the people convicted of the same “crimes” in years before who muct remain on the registry and be subject to these stupid laws.

    Great comments, MSBass.

  12. MSBassSinger says:

    For the record, if Josh4507 is a Deputy Sheriff as he ssys he is, he should know better than to mislead. I doubt he has the in-depth knowledge of individual sex offender cases he pretends to in his post.

    First of all, the Sheriff’s Dept. doesn’t work with convicted sex offenders – the Dept. of Corrections through their probation and parole officers do the daily monitoring of sex offenders serving sentences. The Sheriff’s Dept. handles the annual registration of sex offenders for the GBI, and serves notices when a sex offender must move. They are not knowledgable on the specifics of the sex offender’s case outside registration and serving a notice.

    Second of all, Sheriff’s Deputies, in some counties, do run Internet sting operations. In a few cases, they catch someone actually looking for sex with a teenager, usually 14 or 15. In some cases (and I stress some, because some counties are more unethical than others), the Deputies have to keep getting convictions or else they get put back out on the street where the real criminals shoot back. These stings are safe, easy daytime jobs to boost their careers and the careers of the ADAs that manage them. In those more unethical counties, the Deputies look for people who are committing immoral, though legal, acts (such as swinging), and entice them into a dialouge under the guise of roleplaying until the Deputies get them to agree to meet. The Deputies and the ADA that manages them know full well a jury will find them “guilty” becausetheir lives were so immoral, regardless of whether the people arrested were, in fact, trying to have sex with underage minors.

    Any person who goes to a known teen chat room, and initiates conversation with a teen that is about sex, grooming them to have sex, or trying to meet for sex, should be arrested and prosecuted. But when the deputy makes the first contact, and then pressures them to say things they otherwise would not say, then the deputy should be arrested.

    I got a long diatribe from a probation officer I chanced to meet here in Georgia a few years ago about how half of her cases were just that – people who made no attempt to actually have sex with a minor but were entrapped by a Deputy and prosecuted by an ADA who knew juries in her county would always return a guilty verdict, regardless of the evidence, when the person on trial was leading an otherwise immoral lifestyle. That specific ADA has since ridden these bogus convictions all the way to an appointment by Gov. Perdue as a Superior Court judge.

    90% of all child molestations are committed by someone the child knows well – a teacher, church member, coach, family member, etc. That is like focusing on 1 shoplifter while 9 bank robbers work freely.

    Don’t fall for the myth that almost all those on the sex offender registry are dangerous criminals. If that were true, there would be more than 42 predators out of 15,000. Many are dangerous, or at least are likely to reoffend, but most are not. Unfortunately, the State does nothing to help us know who is, and who isn’t, a real and present danger.

  13. John Konop says:

    The problem is the broad brush approach toward sex offenders. A child molester can not be cured. When we let them out of jail is only time before they do more destruction.

    Yet teenage kids or young adults having relationships are not the same as a child molester. Or a teenager or a young adult using the outdoors after a few to many beers is not a sexual offender. I am not defending or rationalizing the behavior only pointing out criminalizing inappropriate behavior with a molester is a perversion of priorities.

    Also most of us have not or do not live a perfect life. We must rationally determine the deference between mischief and molesters. I am not saying that people should not be held responsible for mischief yet the punishment should be appropriate.

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