Current TX sex offender classifications misleading

Posted on April 12th, 2010 No Comments

Controversy has arisen over the way that Texas classifies its registered sex offenders. According to Adam Taylor Puckett, a sex offender officer with the Lubbock-Crosby County Community Supervision and Corrections Department, the sex offender risk classification does not measure how violent the offender is, and can lull neighbors into a false sense of safety.

A low-risk offender could be someone who committed a violent crime or molested multiple victims. Under the Static 99 form, which is used to determined risk level, a sex offender must answer 10 questions. These questions include whether the victim was ¬†a stranger or family member and whether the offender had previous offenses, but not the age of the victim. The victim’s age is not a factor on the form.

A younger offender is automatically given a higher base risk rating, as they are statistically more likely than an older offender to commit another sex crime.

“We’re not sure what benefit this has to the public,” said Jennifer Mora, a sex offender supervisor with the Lubbock-Crosby County office. Sex offenders convicted before 2000,the year the risk-assessment system was put into place, are not classified at all.

If you have been charged with a sex crime, or need to discuss sex crime laws in Massachusetts, contact Massachusetts sex crimes attorneyJames Powderly today at 508-343-0676.

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