REGISTERED CHILD SEX OFFENDERS AND CUSTODY

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There is no more heinous crime, short of murder, than child sex offenses. Actually, molestation/rape of a minor child is nothing short of "murder of the soul of a child", a crime against nature that robs young, innocent children of any "normalcy" that they may have had in their lives, robbery of their God-given right for a fair chance at a good life. It robs them of something deep inside of their character, of who they are, that cannot ever be replaced. South Carolina has, in an unprecedented case, granted sole custody of an innocent minor child to a REGISTERED CHILD SEX OFFENDER. The public here is outraged at this bizarre ruling, and we view it as nothing short of blatant child endangerment. The registered child sex offender in question also lives across the street from a middle school and a major park. Why does the SEX OFFENDERS REGISTRY exist if it is not to be enforced? The mother of this unprecedented case took this case all the way to Supreme Court only to be told that the Supreme Court refused to hear the case without reason why. Our concern is not only for the helpless child that was placed in the care of such a "thief of innocence", but that this unprecedented case opens the door to other cases of minor, innocent, helpless children being placed in harm's way! We respectfully ask for a law against REGISTERED CHILD SEX OFFENDERS being granted custody of minor children! The "best interest of the children", as the Family Court System claims, should override any "rights" that an individual who has shown him/herself such a threat to children may claim. We speak out for the children who have no voice! It is the duty of each parent and state to protect our children!
Sherry Ramsey Branch
1827 Matthews Drive
Rock Hill, SC 29732
sp061454@gmail.com

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I never knew that so much of this "abuse by the system" was happening when I was fighting this issue! My heart cries for other children and parents/guardians going through this nightmare that makes no sense at all! I pray that someone in power with the system will step up for these innocent children and see that they are protected! "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."
I don't think registered sex offender should have rights to any child. Even if it is there own. I know a sex offender and he is drunk and makes moves on young girls women when he is drunk. And it scares me to know he has a child on the way. His girlfriend already lost 4 daughters to the state for having the girls around him. So now she expecting her 5th one by this man. And I don't think he should be allowed around the baby. Please do something
My Wife and I are foster parents and have been for a long time. We have seen first hand how the system that is supposed to protect children fail time and time again. We were in the process of foster adopting a little girl that we had from birth. Mom was a meth addict and this was her 5th child that went into the system. Father was a low life and convicted sex offender of a minor. We had her for 22 months and the system gave her back to her bio dad. Since we thought we were going to be able to adopt her we were shocked that they were allowing this man to go through all the hoops to get custody of his 22 month old girl. Despite our objections and concerns she was returned to him. 4 years later we find out that he had been put in jail again but this time for sexually molesting his daughter (5 yrs old at the time).Needless to say our hearts were broken for a second time as we were not able to protect her from him and his evil actions. We are now moving to adopt her again and his rights have finally been terminated but he is still allowed to appeal the decision which may prolong the adoption process. I am angry that he was able to get her back and then allowed to abuse her. I hope that more people will petition the government to change these laws and make it so any sex offender never gets custody of their children again.
I was with my daughters father for 2 years and I didn't know he molested 3 kids including his own son when I was with him but when I left him, that's when I learned my daughters father is a child molester and I suspect he did the same to my son. I seriously didn't know but I left him that's when the truth came out. He went to prison for 6 years and I feel he should have stayed in prison. I'm not with my daughters father and if I was with him, I would have lost my two kids back in 1999 but I left him before that ever took place. That took place about 16 years ago and my daughter is 17 and she is happy girl. My daughter doesn't want to know her real dad because of what he did.
I think parents should stand up for their kids and not let these child molesters get their kids and have their rights be taken away. I would love to have my daughters fathers rights be taken away from him because of his record as a child molester. These men who commit crimes like this should have their rights be taken away and not have custody over their child or children.
Thank you
Children deserve to be protected from all sex offenders expecially a parent who is a sex offender emidiatly rights should be taken!
I understand the struggle 1st hand! God bless all God's children!
Please help my heart aches my 20month old baby has come back with his sweat shirt and under shirt burn, two fingers burn, bruces and bites and it still not enough for child protection to take full custody away from his dad. Who is a child sex offender in texas fail to register and ran soon as he got out. His fighting his custody and my baby has started having night mares when he returns from his over nights ordered by court. I have made complaints over complaints and they told me
It was not enough to make a report. I havent been able to sleep wondering how and where is he sleeping dad has a record of drug abuse smokes and my baby has asthma. Some one please help with any advice. I will appreciated from the bottom of my heart i dont want to loose him im a foster mom wanting to adopt him and give him love and a stable home ive had him since he was 2 months old.
Sick of criminal rights! Protect our children from a parent who is a convicted child sex offender and stop awarding them custody. My ex is a convicted child sex offender trying to get custody of my son. He did less time than a drug user or a Person with DUI's, ridiculous! Keep them off the streets and away from kids, locked up where they belong!
My child's dad has one felony for lewd and leusevious conduct with a child under 14,and a mistermener for sexual battery in 2011. He recently hired an attorney, and said he will get custody of our child. His probation ends early in 2016. I fear he is attempting to set me up. He is stating that I have been denying him calls, including some holidays. I'm certain he is going to get me for alienating him from his daughter again. I have been through this in court before. In fact, he hired some psychologist, and performed a 740 evaluation, in 2007. I lost custody of my child for one year. This was the psychologist recommendations. I made the worst mistake of my life, accusing him of innapproatly touching my child's friends. And Guess what, he was arrested, after a year in his custody for molesting our child's friends. 7 parents filed reports against him. He ran to other states, spent a year in jail, and two years probation.
If someone is a sexual offender the courts should not even hear the case. He has lost his right as a parent. At least visits can continue supervised. The courts need to listen to my child, who will be 13 soon. The child doesn't want to be alone with him, especially after apologized for molesting friends at a sleepover. The courts need to listen to the kids and protect them.
Thank you all for your views and support regarding the subject of Registered Child Sex Offenders and Custody. I have suffered years of unbelievably cruel ridicule, slander, vilification/character assassination by the Family Court System as I only asked for protection for my young child from being alone with his Registered Child Sex Offender father. I could not believe that a system that was supposed to be in place to protect the innocent only seemed intent on protecting the "rights" of a man who had committed the hideous crime of having sex with an innocent minor child! As I still check in on this petition after years of fighting for what is right, I thank God that others, YOU, are speaking up also for our innocent children who can't protect themselves! I pray for God's protection over our children and for the loving parents/guardians who fight for their right to live their lives as God intended...safe and free! All I can say to parents who are still fighting this battle is NEVER GIVE UP ON THE CHILDREN. They are God's most precious gifts and they need and deserve protection. Thank you all for your continued support!
My child's father was convicted of 2 felony counts of lewd and lacivious child molestion of a 12 & 14 year old that belong to his now ex girlfriend. I don't want him to have any contact with my child. I think any crime like this committed against a child regardless of who the child belongs to, the parental rights of the convicted should be revoked automatically. Our children need to be protected.
Even if courts refuse custody or visitation sex offenders can make a parent's life hell by repeatedly suing for custody. No child should have to live with the fear that a court will decide that they should see their rapist.