Christian County arrests 18 sex offen...

Christian County arrests 18 sex offenders for not following Halloween law

There are 44 comments on the Springfield News Leader story from Nov 1, 2008, titled Christian County arrests 18 sex offenders for not following Halloween law. In it, Springfield News Leader reports that:

Law enforcement officials in Christian County arrested 18 of the county's 56 registered sex offenders for noncompliance with a new law that forbids offenders from any participation in Halloween activities, said ...

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Lake Charles, LA

#41 Oct 13, 2009
you want to justify or support child abuse? if you are not in prison you soon will be
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No Mr. Right, I am neither a criminal, nor a criminal "wannabee". Actually, I voted McCain, and I consider myself to be about as far to the right as Joe McCarthy, However, what I am not, is someone who likes to see the rules change in the middle of the game. The whole point to my diatribe on this issue is that the State of Missouri already got their bite of the apple against these sex offenders. They are, or should be, square with the house, but no,the house has changed the rules. Yes, there are some offenders who are a real danger to children, granted, but there are also other ex-convicts out there who could be a real danger to a whole lot of other people. I don't see any great rush to register paroled murderers, and my boss tells me there are over 85 of those in the Springfield Metro area.
What that means to me is that the set of rules I, and you supposedly, live by is subject to capricious change. You are happy with the change because it suits you, but what if it did not. What if it added some onerous new humiliating restriction to your lifestyle.
My fear is that if the government is allowed to change the rules for these people, these sex offenders, what will stop them from changing the rules as they apply to you and me. When you call me "anti-police" it makes me chuckle. If you knew me, or what my career is, you would probably rethink that.
I'm sorry you feel it necessary to attack me personally because we have differing opinions. Perhaps we should just agree to disagree and be gentlemen about it.

Springfield, MO

#42 Nov 2, 2009
Well, a year has come and gone. Does anyone know whether any of the Christian County 18 were ever charged with a crime? I don't believe they were. What I do know, is that one of these persons, arrested for posting "too small" of a sign, just received a $17,000.00 settlement from the good folks in Christian County for violations of his constitutional rights. Willard from Verona, the fellow who approved that settlement was our very own Ron Cleek, who also agreed in writing that the Christian County Sheriff and his minions were in violation of the offender'c constitutional rights. So, maybe you and your Nazi buddies could visit that worthy person.

Springfield, MO

#43 Nov 2, 2009
willard wrote:
you want to justify or support child abuse? if you are not in prison you soon will be
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Nope, don't think so. I did, however make a felony arrest on 65 South just past the CC exit this morning. I guess, I should turn myself into my watch commander for having a belief system that encompasses the rule of law instead of the lynch mob mentality.

Fallbrook, CA

#44 Jan 12, 2010
Just in case anyone is interested. It seems that the wise souls in Jefferson City who operate under the name of the Missouri Supreme Court ruled today, I believe, that the laws prohibiting sex offenders from participating in Halloween activities or from living within 1000 feet of a school or day care center are unconstitutional. At least if the sex offender's conviction occurred prior to the enaction of those laws. While I do not in any way condone the actions of any sex offender, I must applaud the Supreme Court in protecting the rights of all in not allowing the populist "witch hunt" mentality from starting us down the slippery slope of class rights. All of the 43 posts before this are now moot.

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