Originally Posted by Aquarius
But "sex offender" is such a broad category. There is everything from rapists of 5-year olds to 20 year old men with (consensual) 17 year old girlfriends. What about other violent criminals? Murderers spend an average of 7 years actually in jail. Should they get a sign when they get out? Armed robbery? So we all know not to carry large amounts of cash around the premises?
Perhaps parents should make a concerted effort to actually monitor their children, rather than trying to child-proof society as a whole. A big gaudy sign is not going to stop a persistent child-molester... they do leave their houses after all.
Murderers who go around killing random people whenever they get the chance don't only spend 7 years in jail, and that's what they would have to do to be comparable to child predators.
I do agree, that when they do these signs it should be for child offenders only, because there's no point in making all of them have it. I think most states have clauses for however many years between people, and even without that they wouldn't get child-predator status. If the person is over 13/14 typically (and the laws do vary greatly) they get corruption of a minor or some other lesser charge, not a predator rating.
Parents should not assume that their children are safe, in general, around anyone. But most offenders are known to the family, and even trusted, without anyone knowing what an awful, despicable excuse for a human they are.
And yes, they do leave their houses, but they have a permanent restraining order from children and places children congregate. They aren't supposed to be anywhere near children, and if they are one of the few who really want to be rehabilitated, having children in costumes come up to their door asking for candy isn't good for them anyway.
That would be like going up to an alcoholic's house with a six-pack, or a problem gambler's house and asking them to place bets.
Aside from that, being a chomo is a disease, while normal people are capable of murder, assault, robbery given the right conditions. People who commit those crimes really do stand some chance of rejoining society, whereas child predators are more akin to serial killers; they strike randomly to fulfill some twisted need/desire/fantasy, and they do it at every opportunity they get.