San Francisco — When Matthew Grottalio was 10
years old, he and his older brother initiated a touching “game” with their
8-year-old sister. “None of us knew what we were doing,” he said, and he soon
forgot about the episode. But later that year, 1998, his sister’s teacher found
out and notified the authorities. Just weeks after Matthew’s 11th birthday,
police officers handcuffed him outside his fifth-grade classroom.
and his parents agreed to a guilty plea in exchange for two years of probation,
which he spent in a foster home. (His brother also pleaded guilty.) When he
returned to his family, they were stunned to learn that he was listed on the Texas sex offender
registry website, and would be for 10 years. He was just 13 years old.
Neighbors threw a Molotov cocktail at his house and shot and killed his
family’s dog. Local newspapers listed him by name along with adult sex offender
“monsters” in the area.
“hated life, hated everybody.” Their sons’ ordeals shattered their parents’
marriage of two decades. Matthew dropped out of high school, ran away, was
homeless for two years, sank into drugs and served time for burglary and parole
decade on the registry had ended by 2011, but internet searches continued to
show him on the list — and still do. Even worse, his parole included
restrictions suitable to a serial child rapist. He was barred from any
unsupervised and unapproved contacts with people under 17, and from any contact
with his sister, who was by then an adult. (She says she never considered him a
threat.) He also was barred from contact with the children of the woman he
married in 2013. Even contact with the baby the couple had together was in
limbo until he passed a sex offender evaluation.
PROTECT(which is based out
has favorite Virginia Legislators to get Their Legislation proposed at the annual VA General
Assembly session for their Legislative Liaison Camille Cooper (who resides in
the same organization who’s PROTECT Act in WashingtonD.C.
has allowed for administrative warrants for sexual charges across the country
and who lobby for Alicia’s Law from state-to-state.
great pride in strong-arming, having their supporters flood Legislators phone
lines, and shaming Legislators in Committee meetings and to the media who don’t
immediately side with PROTECT. PROTECT’s supporters regularly leave Facebook
messages suggesting death by the States or by the public, physical castration
and forced organ donation for RSO’s and PROTECT allows such vigilante and
criminal comments to remain on their site. PROTECT itself has gleefully stated
that RSO’s who are sent to prison will get what’s coming to them by being raped
by other inmates. Nice, huh?
starting this blog in 2013 I have mentioned Camille Cooper a few times:
few years back (in 2012) PROTECT got a Bill passed to
create the Virginia Child Protection Accountability System.
Everyone (Legislators, Governor, Virginia Judges, etc) knew that the data
gathered from this “system” would be used against Virginia Judges by PROTECT
during the Judges reappointment hearings by the General Assembly if PROTECT
didn’t like the sentences being given by the judges in sex crime cases. I sat
in the 2012 Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission meetings while the Judges
discussed the true intent of the new law/system and I posted about those
meetings on my old website which is no longer accessible.
in 2016/2017 PROTECT is in Minnesota
trying to get the same system implemented.
ago on PROTECT’s Facebook page they posted a
message to their supporters and then a second message the next day on how
Judges have in fact changed their sentencing because of the Virginia
Accountability System, not because the evidence or defendant warrant the