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updated: Jan 21, 2013, 8:58 AM

A legal battle to keep a convicted violent sexual offender off the Central Coast Streets will continue this week.

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 COMMENT 365738 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-21 10:06 AM

Yes here we go again. Release those that rape women but keep non violent drug dealers selling marijuana behind bars. Makes so much sense!!


 COMMENT 365753P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-21 10:54 AM

If they've served their sentence.... doesn't seem right to keep them incarcerated.


 COMMENT 365766 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-21 11:10 AM

Doesn't seem right? Which 'right' are you talking about?


 COMMENT 365796 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-21 12:15 PM

753 is right. This man has served his sentence and it is time to release him from prison. The sad part is that he will probably be hounded by numerous people who he never harmed.


 COMMENT 365820 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-21 01:56 PM

Wish she would have spent as much energy getting that cop who was masturbating and taking pictures of little girls off the streets.


 COMMENT 365836 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-21 02:34 PM

This guy is really bad news. Read the Newshawk account to understand how bad. He lived behind us when he was a young teen and would be seen crossdressing along the bike lane on Gwyne. He raped and knifed a girl in a Goleta trailer park in 1974, was jailed, let out and raped again. He is very scary.

His family moved to Santa Maria after that, according to other neighbors. If his family does not want him, why should he be released here as a transient?


 COMMENT 365852 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-21 03:30 PM

Do the crime, pay the time. That's how a nation of laws does business. Only barbarians practice "do the crime, and we'll do whatever we want to you."


 COMMENT 365856 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-21 03:37 PM

He did the crime, he did the time, parole awaits him. The Scarlet Letter Society should think about whether or not they really believe in our system, and if not move to a country where such inconveniences such as courts and sentencing are done away with. Meanwhile, maybe the DA needs to get a real job.


 COMMENT 365970P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-21 08:18 PM

It's extremely complicated, as most issue are. I just finished an article in the New Yorker of 1/14/13 about the civil commitment of a sexual offender, and offenders in general.

No, I don't want the guy around. Yes, the US has and may commit/jail individuals past the serving of their sentences for what crimes they may commit.

Just food for thought, not flaming OR TAKING SIDES. Look into both sides and learn.

This is an issue of philosophy and justice; an issue within the daily life of our and any community. I view it as physics (community and real life) and metaphysics (does the US want to commit people for what they may do.) I'm loathe to say "physics" VERSUS "metaphysics" and I'm sorry I can't come up with a better analogy.

Reminds me of the torture/waterboarding debate. It is a matter more of principal, in my view, than detail.

But then I say: No, I don't want this person released, anywhere, of course. But I believe in American freedoms and ideals.... Round and round and round.

No knee jerk reaction here; simply puzzlement and head-banging. Nor will I debate the issue. I continue to debate it in my own mind.

Topics for research, if you have time and interest:

civil commitment sexual offenders
therapeutic confinement
US v Comstock Supreme Court
Adam Walsh Child Protection Safety Act
American Psychiatric Association + civil commitment sexual offenders
forensic psychology + pedophilia, child pornography, sexual offender
Butner study
Butner Federal Correctional Institute
National Sentencing Resource Project


 COMMENT 365972P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-21 08:23 PM

Maybe I should say ethics in the Aristotelian, meta-, philosophical sense versus laws in the local sense?
And point out that no politician can oppose laws supporting heavy sentencing when the country is up in arms about the issue. Like mandatory drug sentencing guidelines put into place in the 80's.

Still working on that "physics" versus "metaphysics" analogy.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-22 11:40 AM

Don't look at the city, meganslawwebsite look at the county site there are some offenders registered thru the county living in the city and some are much more dangerous than this guy. Many are homeless.


 COMMENT 366350P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-22 05:46 PM

Wood chipper please.


 COMMENT 366509P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-23 08:31 AM

last I heard, the SB courts were trying to get him released in SLO CO. that's not "off the central coast"!


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