Wednesday, August 28, 2013

NBC12-Richmond Finds Registered Sex Offender Working at Chesterfield County Virginia Fair and Gets Him Fired

NBC12’s crack investigative reporting is at work again! 

The Chesterfield County Fair is in full swing and when it comes to crimes being committed at a large public event there are pick-pockets and purse snatchers, there are scam games that no one can win, there are vehicle break-ins, there are fights and maybe gang activity and there are drugs being sold and being used. A virtual pot-of-gold for investigative journalists. 

So what does NBC12 uncover? 

A Wisconsin man who entertains spectators with a chainsaw who has a criminal past from 18 years ago, Oh and he's a registered sex offender (see article below). 

The man wasn’t breaking any VA or WI laws, he wasn’t violating any rules of probation, he wasn’t violating any fair policies, there were no complaints against him for “pervy behavior” and his conviction was 18 years ago. 

He wasn’t running a daycare or making cotton-candy to be around children, he’s a lumberjack. 

He found a way to make money with his only skill and NBC12 took it all away for a 3 minute story, they got him fired.

Way to go NBC12! 

How would NBC12’s Reporters or Producers like the worst thing that they ever did, whether convicted or not to continually resurface over and over again resulting in the lose of their job, home and friends. No matter how much time passes, no matter how much penance you’ve paid, no matter how much you’ve turned your life around, it makes no difference. No second chances, no rehabilitation, no forgiveness will ever be allowed. 

Registered Sex Offenders make for good news and because it’s public information why should a news outlet care about the unintended consequences, he’s a Registered Sex Offender and everyone should know about it. 

In my opinion this is bottom of the barrel journalism. This man is now jobless and may become homeless and that affects recidivism rates for committing a new crime. It could be crime of survival; it could be a crime of anger there is no way to know what his future will be but we do know NBC12 doesn’t care one bit. 

They made a story where there was no story, when they learned he wasn’t breaking any laws or harassing anyone they should have dropped the issue, I guess it was a slow news day. 

Shame on you NBC12!

Mary Devoy

Registered sex offender working at Chesterfield County Fair , August 27, 2013
Reporter- Jessica Jaglos

The ax-wielding lumberjack known as "Crazy Bob" on stage is known as Robert Pendleton on the Wisconsin sex offender registry. Pendleton was performing at the Chesterfield County Fair until fair officials shut his act down Tuesday night.
While it is legal for Pendleton to work around children and travel from state to state, fair officials say they do not want to be associated with Pendleton. As soon as NBC12 alerted them to Pendleton's status as a sex offender, he was escorted off the property.
Pendleton was convicted in 1995 of having sex with a child between the ages of 13 to 15 years old. He served jail time and was on probation.
Now, it is legal for Pendleton to work with children and travel around the country.
NBC12 reached out to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. In an email, their spokesman told us:
"Mr. Pendleton is no longer under the supervision of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and as such, does not have any travel restrictions. 

As it appears that he is working outside of Wisconsin, I cannot speculate on how if at all those respective States may regulate his or other convicted child sex offenders' employment." 

According to Wisconsin law, child sex offenders who are prohibited from working with children must be convicted of "certain serious sex crimes." Pendleton's conviction of second-degree sexual assault on a child does not fall into that category.

NBC12 also reached out to Pendleton's employer, Great Lakes Timber Show, who wasn't aware of his past. They fired the lumberjack show host Tuesday night.

NBC12 caught up with Pendleton after his show and asked what he says to worried parents.

"I am not a pedophile and I'm not doing anything illegal," Pendleton said. "I completely apologize about this being issue but I am not a danger to this community."