Although it should go without saying, those convicted of a sex offense against a child are generally prohibited from further contact with children during and after their sentence. Depending on the severity of the crime, this prohibition can extend throughout a sex offender's life.
But some sex offenders violate this term of their sentence, and wind up in more trouble as a result. A 31-year-old Superior, Wisconsin, man who is a registered sex offender was recently accused of working with elementary school students and maintaining a Facebook account under a false name, among other transgressions. He faces four felony charges: being a child sex offender working with children, identifying himself incorrectly, failure to update information and false swearing. He also faces a misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer.
As a teenager, the defendant pleaded no contest to second-degree sexual assault of a child. He was sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation. According to the state corrections department's Sex Offender Registry, he must remain on the sex offender registry for life.
But according to a criminal complaint, the man volunteered at a fall event for elementary school students, helping collect prizes, decorating, feeding the children and running the activities. He also allegedly admitted to a Superior police officer that he had Internet use, even though he said he didn't when filling out his sex offender registration. Police said the man also admitted that two children in his care are not his. He allegedly signed the children's birth certificates and testified in court that he was the biological father so he would be granted custody. He was jailed on $1,000 cash bail with the condition that he have no contact with minors, including those in his custody.
If you're a registered sex offender who has been ordered to stay away from minors, it doesn't matter if you believe you've put your criminal sexual past behind you, or are doing activities that seem harmless. You're still breaking the law by having contact with children, as this man ultimately did.
Source: Superior Telegram, "Child sex offender faces charge for working with kids," Dec. 23, 2011