- US Senate
- United States of America
Current sex offender registry laws are too broad. This results in a "demonizing" of innocent citizens that have this label. The term "sex offender" should be reserved for only rapists and pedophiles who have been convicted of crimes - beyond a shadow of a doubt.
As the laws are today, if two consenting teens engage in sexual conduct they can both be labeled as sex offenders. If you stop on the side of the road to urinate, you can be convicted of a sex crime. A teenager that "streaks" can be charged with a sex offense. There is currently no distinction between the pedophile who sits in front of a school with candy luring children and the guy who stops on the side of the road to pee.
This law is damaging to families, careers, and civil rights of all Americans. It also wastes government funds, our tax dollars, by keeping people under supervision who do not need it. The probation officers who are already overworked should not have trivial cases added to their load. More children and families are hurt by this law than are protected.