Suburban park listed as sex predator's home
STATE POLICE have allowed a sexually violent predator to register his address as a suburban community park that's a popular hangout for children - and the local police chief is not happy.
"It's absolutely insane," Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. "The State Police should have asked him what bench he was sleeping on so we could find him."Now, first off, let me start by saying that I disagree completely with the concept of a "sex offender registry". If they're so dangerous that we have to keep tabs on them, keep them in jail. Putting their name on a list and requiring that they register their address sounds like a reasonable idea - presuming, of course, that the "violent sexual offender" takes the time to, you know, comply with the law. How often do criminals do that, exactly?
With that said, let's back-calculate just to make things crystal clear. He's 30. The event happned 10 years ago, so he was 20 - certainly old enough to know better. And the girl that he assaulted was 13 - this wasn't a case of an 18 year old boyfriend and a 17 year old girlfriend here. This is a grown man who attacked a (barely) teenaged girl - and served time for it (no comment on why the girl's father didn't feed some pigs with his corpse, but...)
And the local police are "outraged" that the State Police "allowed" this scumbag to register a park as his address? Pro-tip: The PA State police most likely have no idea where the address actually is. $20 says some entry level clerk maintains the sexual predator database and was intellectually uncurious when the address was given. It sounds like the cops are waiting for an excuse to bust this dude, although I'll bet that they're far more angry that he made them look foolish than out of any concern for the local "civilian" population...
But hey, at least he didn't list 1060 West Addison as his address, right?
That is all.