It’s July, smack-dab in the middle of vacation time.
Everywhere I go, everyone asks me what we are doing this week, this weekend.
Are you going somewhere for vacation?
Are you doing something fun this weekend?
Have you been anywhere exciting recently?
No, No, And NOOOO!
Years ago we had talked about a trip to
to see icebergs and polar bears. Alaska
We used to ski.
We had planned to travel to
Ireland and to visit castles and ruins
for our 20th wedding anniversary which would have been 2012. Scotland
If we leave our home in
for a either a short
or a long vacation, it comes with too many questions and risks. Virginia
Even a job related training conference out-of-state is no longer an option; even if not attending could possibly result in termination.
As a Virginia Registered Sex Offender staying in another State means we must find out what all the legal restrictions, regulations and mandates are ahead of time and there is no single place to find that information.
Just traveling through a State my spouse could be required to register with every authority in every county/city we pass through, or face a felony.
Just traveling through a State my spouse could be required to avoid any public street or sidewalk within a certain distance from a school, daycare facility, library, park, playground or athletic field, or face a felony.
Just traveling through a State my spouse could be required to avoid fast-food establishments and malls w/ playgrounds, or face a felony.
When we arrive to our destination he might have to register with the authorities, give his fingerprints, be photographed or even give a DNA sample. In some States the rules are statewide in others it’d by county/city it could be within the first 24 hours like in
Las Vegas (some
folks are saying it’s 48 hours) or it could be on the end of the third day like
Then uniformed officers could possibly visit our hotel, condo, beach house or relative’s
home to confirm the location he's registered is accurate. This could include
an elderly grandmother’s home or college roommate’s house would be added to the
Sex Offender Registry, guessing we wouldn't be invited back for a second visit after this humiliation for them. Florida
Oh, an ignorance of the law is not a defense.
He could be legally banned from lakes, beaches, movie theaters, golf courses, ski resorts, state fairs, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, zoos, pools, fitness centers, churches or more. That State may or may not advise the visiting RSO’s of the areas they are prohibited from and if we made one unintended error, he’d face a felony.
Or like Disney World or Six Flags, they could have a No RSO Policy and once they scan his drivers license swipe-strip, deny him entry no if's-ands-or-buts after we traveled all the way there.