Sex Offender’s Children’s privacy, although protected by State and Federal law, are alleged by citizens as routinely violated by Florida’s FDLE “scorched earth” policy intended to punish the offenders who are the children’s parents. The blatant, routine violations of privacy are alleged to have “no legitimate purpose” or outright destructive by Washington State Judge Spanner recently. The children, unable to cope, face bullying, which is a violation of Florida law, isolation, harassment and sometimes suicide.
Citizens raise privacy concerns to higher courts concerning protection of the offender’s children who have committed no crime, neither are able to cope with that crushing stigma plus that few adults are equipped. The children’s privacy violations also trigger violations of State, Interstate and Federal law and destroy fragile families trying to recover. The family offenders are typically very low risk; yet, subject to enormous stigma discrimination.
Ironically, in the furor of sex offender issues to protect children, the safety and privacy of children of the sex offender have been ignored by legislators who have been alleged to profiteer from sex offender hysteria for political profit. The issue of privacy raises a breadth of issues for children and the offender as well. In some states as Washington, low risk non predatory sex offenders and their children’s privacy are protected as not public information by law and by recent court order as well.