Re: Do the Children of Registered Sex Offenders Have Any Rights
No, that is not what it says at all. It says:
So, if the offense occurred after the family were already members, by the time the offender was adjudicated and became registered, he/she would no longer be part of the household and, therefore, the children and remaining parent could remain members. At least I would HOPE, that the offender was out of the household. If the remaining parent chose to allow the person who abused the child to remain in the household (assuming the court allowed it), then I certainly would not want them to be part of MY child’s homeschool program! The fact that you friend still has this pedophile residing in the same home with her children causes me to seriously question her judgment.
I have ZERO confidence that a pedophile would not reoffend when opportunity and temptation arose. I am not a mental health expert, so I have no credibility to say that they cannot be “cured.” However, it is not a risk that I would be will to take with MY children’s welfare. And, the fact that you have not met him in the less than a year that the family has been members, does nothing to inspire confidence that opportunity would not occur in the future.
The bottom line is that the homeschool group is a private organization that can restrict membership as it wishes (well, mostly). They certainly have the freedom to prohibit pedophiles from their midst. The fact that your friend was not made aware of this restriction at the time she joined might give cause for civil action against the group to recoup any fees or costs she has already paid. But, it does nothing to prevent the group from kicking the family out.
Behind the badge is a person. Behind the person is an ego. This is as it should be, person at the center and ego to the back.