[News] The Trolls of Biscayne Bay

Like dozens of hyperventilating jurisdictions nationwide, Florida's Miami-Dade County has restrictions on where its convicted sex offenders can liveā€”even the ones who have long finished their sentences. And it happens that the F State's most populous county officially has only one spot that is far enough away from places where our little buttercups play: the run-up to the Interstate 195 bridge from Miami to Miami Beach (the Julia Tuttle Causeway). Literally. Judges routinely give released sex offenders the choice: hit the road out of the county, or make a tent. In fact, there's a fella named Juan Carlos Martin who's been there so long that he showed a reporter his Florida driver's license with his address as "Julia Tuttle Causeway Bridge." This week, though, the more-or-less population of 52 men welcomed its first sex-offendress, the 43-yr-old Voncel Johnson, and so far, her campmates are protecting her, rather than harassing her. Miami Herald

Your Daily Loser
Craig Aylesworth, 51, Bithlo, Fla. (east of Orlando), feuding with his neighbor in a mobile home park, tossed a Molotov cocktail at his trailer but is now homeless, for failing to focus on the concept of "wind." Central Florida News 13

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     Posted By: Chuck - Thu Mar 26, 2009

Sex offender gal ~ chuck, I'm shocked there is not a photo of Voncel. Without the visual, how will we know if she should stay in Miami or trop herself over to Chattanooga ?

Molotov cocktail dude ~ OMG what a freakin idiot !!!!! :roll:
Posted by Skitt in SW USA on 03/26/09 at 03:30 PM
i'm reminded of a quote- a society is judged by how it treats it's prisoners.- i don't remember where i heard it but it seems to fit here. i have no sympathy for pedophiles but there are people being put on these lists that don't belong there or deserve it. this could well turn out to be the turning point for our 'innocent till proven guilty' and 'no cruel and unusual punishment' rights in this society. the erosion of reason always has a starting point. putting a person who rapes a small child on the same list as one who gets drunk and is caught pissing in an alley (for instance) with the same restrictions is just wrong. how many on that list truely deserve to register as a sex offender and live under a bridge for the rest of their lives. common sense an reason need to be employed here.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/26/09 at 04:50 PM
daily loser- an idiot and his trailer will soon be parted! :lol: well at least the department of corrections will be giving him somewhere to live for the forseable future.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/26/09 at 04:53 PM
Patty, you're absolutely right. Several years ago in CA my friend's son was arrested. He was 22 at the time, went to a bar, picked up a chick (said she was 21, had a fake ID, and was being served alcohol in the bar) She went back to his place, did the deed, he took her back to her car. Well her mom somehow found out (turns out she was actually only 16 but appeared older)and my friend's son ended up getting charged with rape of an underage girl. No where near rising to the level of molesting a child.
Posted by Skitt in SW USA on 03/26/09 at 05:41 PM
whitch hunt! exactly! in salem- if we just get rid of the witches eveything will be perfect.
in the mccarthy era- if we just get rid of the commies eveyhting will be perferct.
today- if we just get rid of the sex offenders everything will be perfect.
overzealously throwing in everybody they can, true or not, 'let god sort them out'.
the germans were just a little more zealous with their persecutions but we are trying to get there. sex offender camp under the bridge in miami wasn't it?
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/26/09 at 06:14 PM
As far as people's rights go, we tend to take one step forward and two steps back in this country. Sexual misconduct people will get their day too, but it'll take decades.

Your Daily Loser - "Fire crews were able to stop the fire from spreading to a nearby wooded area." Thank god they saved the trees.
Posted by Nethie on 03/26/09 at 10:34 PM
only you can stop forest fires, only you. :cheese:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/26/09 at 10:53 PM
"Molotov cocktails - the local drink,
Mix 'em up right in the kitchen sink."

When Craig's let out of jail, do you think they'll make him live under a bridge?
Posted by DownCrisis on 03/26/09 at 11:27 PM
not unless his penis was hanging out while he set the fire.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/26/09 at 11:31 PM
The biggest problem is that you are basing your opinions on the headlines rather than the information. When a person is charged, they are charged with the most serious crime they can be. But they are usually CONVICTED of a lesser crime.
Those who are CONVICTED sex offenders deserve their punishment and more. The judge was obviously not forcing ALL sex offenders he was faced with to live under the bridge.

What I don't understand is why society is more concerned about the rights of sex offenders than the rights of children, women and other vulnerable citizens to be protected from harm??

WIll your children have to be molested (god forbid) before you change your perspective?
Posted by maeganmcg on 03/27/09 at 11:05 AM
thank you ben, that was very well put.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/27/09 at 03:49 PM
Really want to freak yourself out? Visit the Family Watchdog website and input your city and state and watch the red dots glow... or, maybe you shouldn't. Sometimes ignorance is bliss.
Posted by Nethie on 03/29/09 at 06:37 PM
and ben, you're right also, of course i think classifying EVERYONE as a sex offender is wrong too, because then the designation loses all meaning. But I don't think thats really a huge problem in Canada. I could be wrong.

But it is a LONG LONG process for the victims, without a whole lot of help or protection.

But no one ever gets upset about that. Too busy worrying about whether or not the OFFENDER'S rights are upheld!
Posted by maeganmcg on 04/05/09 at 01:09 PM
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