This is an interesting story I came across earlier that really brings up some valid points about our sex offender registries. As often as I write about sex offenders and call them names there is some disparity that we really need to clear up and an extremely large group of people that are on registries that shouldn’t be. As Americans our view of sex is tempered by our religion and although you see sex on TV and in the movies constantly for the large part our country is a nation of prudes.
Do we really need to put kids on the registries that send sexually graphic pictures to each other via cell phone? I’m not saying what they are doing shouldn’t be frowned on or illegal, all I am saying is that they shouldn’t have to register as sex offenders and have the stigma that goes along with it. Or how about the 18-20 year old guy that sleeps with his 16-17 year old girlfriend? Shit, charge them with statutory rape and be done with it. Unless they have a history of sleeping with minors there’s no reason to fuck them up for life just because they made a mistake. Repeat or violent sex offenders can’t be “cured”. It’s as simple as that and short of frying them there is no cure but I do think that there needs to be some kind of line or behavior that “qualifies” them. I’m not sure what it is and I don’t hold enough trust in a lot of our judges to make that decision either.
I am almost 43 years old and if I though that someone older than my girls was wanting to have sex with them (my oldest daughter is in Junior High now) I guess I would just have to beat the fuck out of them just to make sure they didn’t come back. Forget the police. There’s nothing they can do that will scare a perv more than me. That having been said I can remember being 18. I would sleep with anything that had a pulse and I don’t recall checking ID either. Now I see that as pretty stupid behavior, bordering on illegal at times but I don’t consider myself a sex offender because of it. That brings us to the reason behind this post in the first place.
Daniel Hugh Wax of Tennessee…
32-year-old Daniel Hugh Wax is a registered sex offender who brought his daughter’s lunch to to her Elementary School. Unfortunately for him a supposed routine check of visitor’s names (I think this is horseshit, someone that knew Daniel most likely reported him) against the sex offender registry flagged him. In addition to being a convicted offender he lives in one place and is registered in another. That’s a big no-no for an RSO.
There aren’t a lot of facts about what happened coming out right now. I’ve seen comments and rumors to the effect that he was just dropping her lunch off at the school and others that he was going to have lunch with her. Either way it’s breaking the law.
Should Wax be on the registry at all? He was convicted in 1997 for a Statutory Rape charge which would have made him around 20 when convicted, so he was probably 19 or 20 when he was charged. I don’t know for sure how old the girl was. I’ve seen comments to the effect of her being 17 and him 19 but then I’ve seen a couple that say she was 14. His entry on the Tennessee Registry doesn’t specify her age or anything else about the crime.
If she was 17 and he 19, then I would have to say he probably doesn’t belong on the registry. But 14? Yeah, most definitely. There’s only three years between 14 and 17 but a decade of maturity squeezed into those three years, depending on the child.
So does Wax need to be on the registry?
I probably wouldn’t have posted his mug shot if not for a few other items that I’ll list below. In addition to Statutory Rape Wax has also been convicted of other crimes as well listed in order of newest to oldest including,
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Theft of Property
- Convicted Felon in Possession of a Handgun
- Theft of Property
- Aggravated Burglary
- Aggravated Burglary
- Statutory Rape
His most recent arrest is the drug paraphernalia charge, which was in 2005. All in all not someone I would particularly want as a neighbor but just because he’s a piece of shit does that make him a child molester who needs to be on the registry or just a serious dumbass. Some people might make the argument that the fact that he’s an RSO might have “kept him down” and attributed to his criminal activity. I’m not one of those but I am interested in hearing your argument if you think that’s the case.
It’s also rumored that he has used the same address to register several times while living somewhere else, so if true it’s not his first time to lie to his parole officer about his whereabouts.
The last group of questions I have about this is was the Statutory Rape he was convicted of consensual or not? That would make a big difference in my book if the girl really was 17. Were the parents aware of it? Was this a relationship that lasted a while or did he just sleep with a minor because he could and then bolt? All of those are serious questions that should be asked by the judge before putting someone on the registry.
I am all for just flat out killing pedophiles but not everyone that is a convicted sexual offender is a pedophile.