Few Sex Offenders Apply to Get off Ga. Registry

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- Few sex offenders are taking advantage of a new
law that allows some to petition to get their names off the statewide registry.

Tracy Alvord of the Sex Offender Registration Review Board says state officials have received 50 court-ordered requests to remove offenders from the list. Alvord says eight people have been taken off the registry.

There's no firm number on how many sex offenders are eligible, but lawyers say there could be hundreds among the more than 20,000
registered in Georgia.

Alvord expects the numbers to rise as more people understand the May 2010 law.

The offenders who might be able to remove themselves from the list include some who are disabled or live in nursing home, or others convicted of crimes that didn't involve sexual contact.


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  • by HMA on Jul 25, 2011 at 10:35 AM
    I advocate castration for all "real" child molestors. That being said; some of the crimes that can get you on the list are ridiculous. True story: a friends son got drunk at spring break and mooned the cops a few years ago. He was convicted of whatever law that violates and is now a registered sex offender.
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      by wdyoung on Jul 25, 2011 at 03:18 PM in reply to HMA
      There are some who are kids themselves (18-20 years old, maybe), have a teen girlfriend, parents don't like him, or caught them in the act. Others, such as 60 year old men molesting 5 year olds, are just sick. I agree, there is a difference.
  • by Justa Person on Jul 25, 2011 at 09:52 AM
    Well, when the police do not inform ex-offenders of the changes, then how are most suppose to know? I know about it because I blog about these insane laws, but like I said, if a person doesn't monitor the laws all the time, how will they know? http://sexoffenderissues.blogspot.com
  • by j Location: tallahassee on Jul 25, 2011 at 06:33 AM
    It is time florida followed suit
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      by SH88 on Jul 25, 2011 at 07:42 AM in reply to j
      Got that right! Florida wastes so much money keeping up the registery. Yeah, predators should be locked up, but probably close to half of sex offenders shouldn't be on the list. Every time a new law is made to further punish sex offenders after conviction is unconstitutional.
  • by rukiddin on Jul 24, 2011 at 04:26 PM
    Personally I think the whole system needs to be revamped. You have people on that list that are 18 and their girlfriend is 16 but God forbid that he made her mad now his whole life is turned upside down. You have people on there that are not with a child they are 2 adults no rape just contact. It needs to be reworked. You have people on there that should not be and people that should be and are not.
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      by wdyoung on Jul 25, 2011 at 03:19 PM in reply to rukiddin
      Agreed.
  • by Maybe - Maybe Not on Jul 24, 2011 at 03:50 PM
    There are some offenders that definately need to be on the registry but a lot of people don't need to be - at least not on a public list because their potential to reoffend is very low - all cases and all crimes are not the same. A guy who was 19 or 20 when he got in trouble with a teenage girl and is now 30 shouldn't be on that list if his punishment is done. Plus, people get so worked up over these scary sex offenders - they forget to watch the people who are a greater danger to their children - the people they don't suspect. Every sex offender was an uncle, family friend, coach or neighbor before their crime. Kids are much more at risk from those people than some scary sex offender that lives 3 blocks away. Read the statistics and don't belive everything you see on CSI.
  • by mike Location: tally on Jul 24, 2011 at 03:32 PM
    Once a sex offender always a sex offender. Why put kids at risk for some warped minds?
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      by j on Jul 25, 2011 at 06:34 AM in reply to mike
      You are ignorant. Read the statistics from the government before you run your mouth.
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        by mike on Jul 26, 2011 at 05:22 AM in reply to j
        you believe the government? poor boy...I believe what is in front of my eyes. This is America...mouth runs 24-7.
  • by ANONYMOUS Location: fl on Jul 24, 2011 at 10:54 AM
    THE AMERICAN WAY. HURT A INNOSENT CHILD GET ANOTHER FREE CHANSE TO HURT ANOTHER ONE.
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      by j on Jul 25, 2011 at 06:35 AM in reply to ANONYMOUS
      Not all sex offenders hurt innocent children. People let us not be so ignorant!!!
  • by j Location: florida on Jul 24, 2011 at 10:19 AM
    This is what I have wanted to some extent in the state of Florida forever. These people have paid their time let them rebuild their lives.
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      by mike on Jul 24, 2011 at 03:33 PM in reply to j
      Why should they have a chance to rebuild their lives, when they have ruined another?
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        by nobody on Jul 25, 2011 at 11:58 AM in reply to mike
        thank you
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      by bountyhunter on Jul 24, 2011 at 09:09 PM in reply to j
      rebuild their lives? and just WHO will rebuild the lives of thousands of children who has had their ENTIRE LIFE of mortality ripped from their souls. you must be among those have stripped a child of their childhood. NO NO NO.... once on a sex offender list should STAY on the list. molesters do not rebuild their lives. they just find other ways to steal a child's innocents.
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        by minty on Jul 25, 2011 at 06:23 AM in reply to bountyhunter
        In the cases where 18 y/o boys had 17 y/o willing girlfriends, but got caught by her Daddy, they should be removed. There are cases where this label is put on some people just because the law says so, not because it's the right thing to do. However, I guess since those young men are not in a nursing home or disabled they will continue to have this bad rep for getting caught with a girl, just doing what teens do.
  • by no name Location: tlh on Jul 24, 2011 at 09:08 AM
    Did you read the article? People can apply to be removed if they are disabled or live in nursing homes. If they are in that situation they probably aren't in a position to reoffend. Others may be removed if the crime did not involve sexual contact. I would hope that there is some kind of review process. But ultimately it doesn't matter what you think, they are afforded the right to have their name removed under the law. If you don't like the law, take action and vote the next chance you get.
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      by j on Jul 24, 2011 at 10:22 AM in reply to no name
      They are afforded the right and I say amen to that!
  • by jackie Location: tallahassee on Jul 24, 2011 at 08:05 AM
    I feel that is very dumb because to many going to try to get off the list. And when alot of them find out about going to move there to get off and most of them repeater.
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      by j on Jul 24, 2011 at 10:21 AM in reply to jackie
      How do know for a fact they are repeaters or are you just talking about that which you have no info. If so , please shut your mouth
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      by SH88 on Jul 25, 2011 at 07:38 AM in reply to jackie
      You are really stupid. A convicted sex offender from Florida that moves to Georgia can't just get off the list. You have to be removed by the state you were convicted in.
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