About once a
year the Sheriff’s department makes a series of arrests of gay men in the South
Sarasota County Parks. The men are
charged with a variety of offenses involving lewd behavior or indecent exposure. The Sheriff’s press release usually claims
that the arrests are in response to citizen complaints. The arrests are an embarrassment to the men,
many of which have never been charged with a criminal offense in their
lives. In terms of profiles, most of the
men are white, middle to old aged, and otherwise crime free and arrest free.
The same goes for prostitution. It is the world’s oldest profession. If we had legalized prostitution, it would all but wipe out human trafficking. What man would risk getting an STD or getting rolled and robbed by a drug addict if he could go to a legitimate house of prostitution where the women are registered, regularly health inspected, and ply their profession in a safe and controlled environment. Men have been paying women for sex since the beginning of time. As a sex crime lawyer, it seems to me, that a better answer is to tolerate consensual sexual encounters between consenting adults.
As if life was not already tough enough for anyone designated a sex offender, there is now an all-out push to find another reason to re-arrest sex offenders on Halloween.
The police are going to every registered sex offender warning them that on Halloween night, they cannot have their porch lights on, they cannot open their doors to anyone saying “trick or treat” lest they be arrested. If you are a sex offender and are onsex offender probation, my advice is to totally darken your house, cut off porch lights, have no decorations and do not answer the door. The police will be looking for any possible reason to arrest your and violate your sex offender probation. It was reported on television, here in Sarasota and in Bradenton that the police would be coming to sex offender’s houses checking to see if the sex offenders were passing out candy or wearing a costume.
The law is a ridiculous “feel good” law that serves no purpose.
Do not give the police any reason to arrest you.
If it means totally shutting down the house for one night, do so.
The simple fact is, life is not fair.
The police are not fair and the criminal justice system is stacked against anyone charged with any type of sex crime.
Make sure that you do not fall victim to a police trick or treat crusade.