IamA level 3 sex offender AMA!
At 23 years old, I met a new girl in my town. Her name was "Brittany". We hung out at the mall, exchanged numbers, and soon began to date fairly steady. After a few weeks, we had sex, and continued on with the relationship. One day she tells me she needs to talk. She tells me she's sorry she lied to me, but she's only 16. At this point we ended the relationship, but did stay in touch. A few days after that, a detective comes to my door, and says my girlfriend is only 14. We go to the precinct, and the questioning begins. I was terrified, and absolutely did rat on myself. I was told telling the truth would make it all go away, and that if it really was a misunderstanding, it would all get situated, and I'd go home that night. I didn't go home for 6 months. Anyway, Brittany never told her friend that she lied to me about her age. So after a few weeks, her friend wanted to know why she was with an older guy so much. Eventually the friend went to a school guidance counselor, and the school got the police involved. I was sentenced to 10 months jail time. In my county, you only do 2/3 of your sentence a s long as you behave. After jail sentencing, comes the level hearing. In NY, your level is determined by a score sheet. This sheet gives point values to certain aspects of life. Have you been arrested before? Ever used pot? Family life? Details of criminal history, etc. I'm waiting to go in for my hearing, and the legal aid lawyer calls me in for a quick private conference. He tells me that I scored so high on the sheet, that it would be futile to try and fight it. My best interest would be to walk in, and not say a single solitary word. I listened to him. After I was given a level 3, I was handed a copy of my sheet. 2 points into level 3. A few years later I'd call a lawyer specializing in sex offenses, to be told that most people with sex crimes always score a level 2 or 3, and it's almost always reduced at the hearing with a competent lawyer.
For years I felt sorry for myself. I was an auto tech that just didn't give 2 shits. About 2 years ago, I started at my current job. I lived around the corner from the shop, and so did a secretary, who happened to be the boss' sister. About 3 weeks into the job, the owner pulls me off to the side, and gives me the WTF. His sister got a letter about me. She's worried, she has a 15 year old daughter that comes to the shop. I tell my boss what happened, and tell him I have a huge stack of paperwork at home he can go through that will show all I've said is true. The next day I give him the papers and I get another talk. "I don't care what you did, I care about what you do now". I started out as just a regular tech just fixing big messy stuff. A year later I was given a raise, and promotion. My paycheck literally doubled, and I became the shop foreman. This was the turning point in my life where I realized that even though I'm labeled a sex offender, I indeed am not a sex offender, and am capable of much more.
EDIT: 11:40p est. time for bed, work in the AM. I'll be back in the AM for a bit, and the evening. My Proof: I've submitted proof to the mods to remain anon.