Galen Baughman: National Advocate for Sex Offender Registry Reform is Arrested AGAIN!
in being as truthful and as transparent as possible so many of you may not like
this post, but I feel I need to write it so no one claims I ever defended or
promoted a Sexual Predator.
advocate who has recently become a public-figure for Registry Reform has made
the last 8 years of my advocacy in the Commonwealth look foolish and possibly
has done extreme damage to the cause I’ve worked so hard for and I’m not going
to defend him or ignore his recent actions. That’s what hypocrites do, and I am
not a hypocrite.
in second chances and I believe in forgiveness for past mistakes but I will NOT
defend a person who obviously has a serous problem and who needs to face the
consequences of their repeated criminal actions.
previously posted a TED X Talk and many articles about Galen Baughman who
avoided civil commitment as an SVP in Virginia
and became a vocal advocate against SVP civil commitment and public Registries
even though he would never attend the Virginia General Assembly sessions and
told me I was wasting my time opposing “trash-legislation”
He and I
did not agree on many, many points but we both wanted reform of America’s Sex
Offender Registries so I posted links that included reference to his advocacy.
on April 19th I received an email from National CURE that Galen Baughman had
been arrested for a “Technical Probation Violation”, that his bail hearing was
around the corner and that anyone who wanted to write a reference in support of
him should send one.
immediately wrote back to the sender of this email notice and I said,
“Out of serious
concerns of what I was witnessing I warned Galen years ago about his
online usage and his traveling from state to state while on Probation. He was
extremely arrogant telling me he takes all necessary precautions and knows what
the RSO Laws AND Rules of Probation are and I should mind my own business.
As an RSO with 2 separate sexual convictions against two separate minors AND
who was almost civilly committed as an SVP Galen needed to take extra
precautions not to mess up and he had the attitude that he was invincible.
Do you know what the
actual Probation violation he has been charged with?”
received a reply “that the specific
charge was not known”. I seriously question this answer but didn’t want to
the 27th I received another mass email update “The judge did not give Galen his freedom and his trial is set for July
21. Rough day! He had about 35 people there”
asked the sender, “what was the technical
violation”? I never received a reply. So my suspicions grew.
were truly a “technical violation” than bail would most likely be granted and
if a technical violation at the bail-hearing the specifics would have been
given so that could have been included in the mass-email that had previously
asked supporters to assist Galen get released.
waited... expecting something to pop-up in the news about it..... and about 30 minutes ago I found
The Imperfect Victim, April 29, 2016
Galen Baughman seemed like an ideal spokesman for sex
offenders’ civil rights. Then he got arrested for texting a teenage boy.
no excuse, no reason, no anything acceptable for what Galen has done.
not defend him, I will not support him and I will NEVER post anything about him
on the blog again.
arrogant, he's a narcissist, he believed he was invincible and he is in desperate need of Sex
Offender Treatment and Incarceration…..and anyone who says otherwise shouldn’t
follow my blog or my advocacy anymore.
decisions, his behavior and his actions have NOT just affected the 16 year old
in Minnesota and the reform efforts of Sex Offender
laws in America,....but I'd
say his actions have done the most damage here in Virginia......where he was originally convicted and in the State that the AG's Office wanted to civilly
commitment him as a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP).
Now they are going to dig in their heels on harsher laws, longer sentences and more SVP commitments!
I am also
extremely upset with the misleading email that I received from National CURE back on
the 19th of April calling it a “technical violation” when it was in no way
that. I was lied to and so were the other folks in that email chain and
luckily I had previous experiences with Galen to know I needed to wait for it
to play out a bit more before taking a side or believing what I was being told.
Registry Reform Advocates across the country will suffer the repercussions of Galen's actions and
our platform hasn’t just lost a few steps forward............we’ve lost many,