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Elderly sex crimes convicts often face challenges after release

In Florida and other states, those who serve time in prison for sexually-related offenses are often required to register as sex offenders in the states where they reside, sometimes for the rest of their lives. Many people, especially those who are older in age, face tremendous challenges when it comes to remembering to register as sex crimes offenders at the proper times. One man recently told a judge his only crime is that he is old and forgetful.

Officials who regularly work with registered sex offenders in this state have said it is not uncommon for them to see people forgetting to register when they begin to suffer the affects of aging. The man recently called into court is said to be in the early stages of dementia. Before his diagnosis, in past years, the 72-year-old has reportedly logged in as many as 42 successful registrations.

The man has never wavered from claiming innocence in two sex crimes against young girls in 1985 and 2001. The latter incident occurred in Florida, the former, in Texas. Advocates for people like this particular man say diseases such as Alzheimer's and other conditions that cause grave mental decline make it difficult for registered offenders to comply to regulations because they often become forgetful. 

Some people who suffer symptoms of dementia and other mental disease are afflicted as young as 60. Others do not show signs of incapacitation until much later, when they turn 70, 80 or 90 years old. No matter what age, if a person required to register with the state after serving time in prison for sex crimes misses a sign-in or has other concerns or questions regarding required registry, a consultation can be scheduled with an experienced criminal attorney to seek answers.

Source: ocala.com, "The challenge of elderly sex offenders", Nicki Gorny, Nov. 20, 2016

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