Sex offenders are at increased risk for committing another sex offense if they are homeless.If you get nothing else from this interview with David, please remember that first sentence! Some people actually believe that sex […]


Sex offenders are at increased risk for committing another sex offense if they are homeless.
If you get nothing else from this interview with David, please remember that first sentence! Some people actually believe that sex offenders should be homeless as a punishment, but the truth is – by keeping sex offenders on the streets without adequate housing  – we are putting children and adults at risk!

This was a hard interview for me. I have a lot of mixed feelings.  I even have mixed feelings about David, who actually requested we do this interview on this topic – a topic that most people and nonprofits avoid! That took a lot of courage in itself! After this interview I spoke to the outreach team that has been working with him for the past couple of years, and they validated David has turned his life around and tries hard to help others and do the right thing.

David is a tier 3 sex offender.  He even stated he was “the worst of the worse”.  He spent 13 years in prison and was released on parole.  His crimes were horrible, but no matter what you think of this man, he had served his debt to society and was adhering to the terms of his punishment.  Trouble is, finding employment and a place to live is nearly impossible.

For the last few years David has lived in a tent community near downtown Columbus.  Because he is homeless, David has to register with the sheriff’s department every day Monday through Friday.  Here again I am torn. I believe strongly that sex offenders should register,  but at the same time we should be helping them to get some kind of life back. Showing up on a daily basis to register as homeless you’d think someone would help them get out of homelessness! David talks candidly about not wanting a second chance out of fear of “offending” again.  Instead he wants a life with the potential he’s always had but was afraid to live.

There is research that some sex offender laws, Jessica’s Law for example,  have greatly increased homelessness among sex offenders.  Sexually abusing anyone is horrible and should be punished, but keeping sex offenders on the streets puts people at greater risk.  We must do something.  Homeless services that actually take in sex offenders and try to get them off the streets are often criticized,  when the reality is we should be supporting those nonprofits for protecting our neighborhoods.

David’s story and this topic is important and we cannot continue to keep our heads in the sand pretending nothing is wrong. My hope it you’ll watch this video and we can engage in a healthy conversation about solutions.  The fact that a vast majority of sex offenders were actually abused themselves as a child leads me to believe we must seriously work on prevention and fix families for best results.

What do you think?

***I know this is a hot topic and emotions get heated. Open communication is encouraged, but personal attacks will not be allowed.


Special thanks to MaryHaven

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  • ricky

    I was once homeless forabout 5 years.I moved in wiyh my x .im now takeing care of her.

  • KiKi

    Really! Out of the 3 wishes he was asked, not one response was related to him being remorseful to the child(ren) he sexually abused! And to say that his actions happened prior to the current sex offender registration laws as if he should have been grandfathered in makes me want to puke. He wants to go on a “vacation” while the child(ren) he molested have to live with their memories forever.

  • Jess

    I go to school in Columbus Ohio. This interview scares me, it really does. I walk to and from class with pepper spray. I do not walk anywhere by myself at night. I have been chased, followed, my cars and home broken into. This scares me. There are a massive amount of homeless people in Columbus and that first line scares me. I don’t have much to give, Im working in school trying to pay for things. When I see a homeless person and I have left over food that I had packed myself for lunch I try to give it out. What surprises me is that I am rejected 99% of the time. Even if I offer to buy them a meal the people say I don’t want food I want money. The few times I have given money I watch the person go into the connivence store and buy a beer. I want to help people get better and get off the street, I dont want to help you get a buzz.

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