Jacob attended a local university in Big Rapids, Michigan, but ended up dropping out.
“[I was] harassed for being on the registry,” he said.
According to Jacob, the couple helped him to “deal with the trauma” of growing up on the registry.
However, when the court in that case learned of Jacob’s felony conviction for failure to register, the judge denied him custody of his daughter, citing Florida’s Keeping Children Safe Act and the fact that Jacob had a criminal felony conviction for failure to register.Jacob continues to fight for custody and visitation but cannot afford a lawyer because he has been unable to find a job.Registrants must periodically update this information so that it remains current in each jurisdiction in which they reside, work, or attend school.Often, the requirement to register lasts for decades and even a lifetime.Since some of these state laws have been in place for nearly two decades, and the federal law on sex offender registration is coming up on its eighth anniversary, their effects have been reverberating for years.
Sexual assault is a significant problem in the United States and takes a huge toll on survivors, including children.
But that changed when he turned 18 during his senior year in high school, and his status as a sex offender became public.
Parents of his schoolmates tried to get him expelled and he had to “fight to walk across the stage” at graduation.
Although the details about some youth offenders prosecuted in juvenile courts are disclosed only to law enforcement, most states provide these details to the public, often over the Internet, because of community notification laws.
Residency restriction laws impose another layer of control, subjecting people convicted of sexual offenses as children to a range of rules about where they may live.
(pseudonym) held by his mother, showing her son at age 11, four months before he was arrested for committing a sex offense and placed on the sex offender registry in Texas.