Registering a Child Molester
by Joyce Coker
What year did Child Molesters registering law take affect? Does it mean that all convicted child molesters should register by LAW, prior to this particular law date?
The person I am concerned about was convicted in Montgomery, Alabama but is living in Crestview, Florida. This subject is having too much activity with the same young children for years now. I have contacted law enforcement in Crestview as well as Child Protect there. It appears they want you (me) to do all the leg work. I'm in another state and I guess they are thinking I'm trying to get revenge by reporting, etc. or something, don't know. Everyone has ignored what I say and or trying to pass the buck to another person.
I am the sister to this child molester and I feel in my heart there is something that's not right with this situation. I'm also a retired police officer from Montgomery, Alabama. I do believe someone needs to question these children. Their mother is a drug addict (from what I've heard) and living with her ex-felon boyfriend. The children do as they please and they are spending much time at my brother's house, where he is smoking pot and drinking. However, he has religion person just during church services. He is a heavy cussing person and can be very destructive to another person's property when angry.
Good questions Joyce.
First, I would recommend that if you have any suspicion about a pedophile, go to the Cyber Tipline from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC):
You should be able to make an official report online and they will send it to the proper authorities for investigation. They take these reports seriously. So if these other authorities aren’t listening, maybe they will after they get a report from the NCMEC.
And if your brother has real problems like you mentioned, it's better to do it sooner than later.
Going back to your original question about the child molester list...
Each state has their own laws when it comes to registered pedophiles. Some states require that ALL child molesters register. Some states only require an offender to register if their crime is a “level 2” or higher (meaning that not all child molesters are listed... and legally they don’t have to be). Each state is different.
The official Federal law regarding a convicted pedophile list was passed back in 1996 – the Megan’s Law registry. That’s when the US government made it legal for local law enforcement to make sex offender information available to everyone in the public.
Since then, most states have built their own Megans Law list. But some states already had laws requiring molesters to register that were passed back in the 1940’s.
Here is a link to a list of Megan’s Law information by state:
Hopefully, that can get you to the right law enforcement in the appropriate area. I have no idea how the different state laws will interact with each other. But hopefully, the local law enforcement agencies will find a way to address the problem quickly... especially when there may be children at risk.
By the way, I have to say kudos for having the guts to report your own brother. When someone you love is a pedophile, it's hard to turn them in.
Thank you for putting innocent children's safety first!