Sex offender wants Web site photo removed
By JAMIE JONES, St. Petersburg Times
December 6, 2002

BROOKSVILLE -- Daniel Ray Erickson, convicted in 1980 for buying a 5-year-old girl for $230 and sexually abusing her, asked a judge on Thursday to remove his picture from the state's sexual offender Web site. 

His justification: It's interfering with his love life. He said his girlfriend had found his picture on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's sexual offender Web site, and then left him. 

Erickson told Circuit Judge Jack Springstead that authorities had no right to list him on the state Web site because he was convicted of child molestation in another state before 1993, when Florida enacted a sexual predator act.... 

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Should this sex offender have his name removed from public records since his crimes were committed before Megan`s Law was enacted?
Sex offender wants Web site photo removed

By JAMIE JONES, St. Petersburg Times

December 6, 2002

BROOKSVILLE -- Daniel Ray Erickson, convicted in 1980 for buying a 5-year-old girl for $230 and sexually abusing her, asked a judge on Thursday to remove his picture from the state`s sexual offender Web site.

His justification: It`s interfering with his love life. He said his girlfriend had found his picture on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement`s sexual offender Web site, and then left him.

Erickson told Circuit Judge Jack Springstead that authorities had no right to list him on the state Web site because he was convicted of child molestation in another state before 1993, when Florida enacted a sexual predator act....

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19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/9/02 - 4:15:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
I thought it was unconsitutional to punish someone for committing a crime when the law in question was not in effect when the crime was committed.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/9/02 - 4:18:25 AM EST (GMT-5)
He *bought* a 5 year old girl and sexually abused her....and people are actually concerned with whether or not he's being punished unfairly? Uh no. I don't care if the law wasn't created until 1993, put him on the website, don't let someone else fall prey to him just because of a technicality.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/9/02 - 4:20:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
he fondles little kids - he should always be tarnished for doing that.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/9/02 - 4:28:32 AM EST (GMT-5)
"Erickson said authorities discriminate against sex offenders. 'They should do this to burglars,' he said. 'There are more burglars running around than sex offenders. You want to live next to a burglar?'" I'd rather have someone take my posessions. Those can be replaced very easily, especially if the guy who stole them lives right next door. It wouldn't be so easy to replace a child's innocence and mental well being.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/9/02 - 4:30:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
I agree that once a child is sexually abused, something terrible goes on mentally forever after, something that will never go away. I personally take the law very seriously, though, and try to avoid making opinions based on emotion.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/9/02 - 4:32:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
People definitely need to know what a pig this guy is and keep their children away from him.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/9/02 - 4:41:18 AM EST (GMT-5)
also, he is a repeat offender! his photo should not only go on the website, but he should have - "I molest kids" tatooed on his forehead.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/9/02 - 4:45:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
Then we should cut off the hands of shoplifters for consistency.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/9/02 - 4:48:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
that is just being extremist
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/9/02 - 9:03:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
there's a difference between pposting a person's picture and cutting off people's hands. This person is a sexual offender. People have a right to know. BTW WnS... they used to cut out people's tongues for gossiping.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/9/02 - 9:28:45 AM EST (GMT-5)
leave him alone..maybe he's over it.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/9/02 - 9:30:07 AM EST (GMT-5)
Who cares if it's unconstitutional? The nature of the crime should speak for itself!
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/9/02 - 9:30:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
his pic shouldnt be on the website. he should have FRIED when he was convicted!
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/9/02 - 9:49:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
I agree with most of you as well - even though Megan's Law wasn't enacted then, he is still a repeat sexual offender. Now Wisensexy, you are right in that if a law wasn't in place when the crime was committed, you cannot be found guilty of it. But it wasn't the sexual abuse that was illegal then, it was just naming the offenders in public. He'd still legally be a sexual offender, but I think Megan's Law isn't really a law like not sexually abusing children is.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/9/02 - 9:49:33 AM EST (GMT-5)
I've worked with sex offenders, and I know there is a 93% chance that a sex offender will re-offend sometime in their life. Those people are almost impossible to rehabilitate, because the thing that turns them on is power over children, and the sexual feeling children give them. If being turned on by someone of the opposite sex was illegal, most of us wouldn't be able to stop it from happening. Same with sex offenders - it's just what turns them on for some reason. SO I think his name should still be published. It's important for the community to know of his presence - not to harm him or discriminate against him, but just to know so they can keep their kids away from him. If he's having problems getting a girlfriend now because of it, that sucks but it's not anyone's fault but his own.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 12/10/02 - 5:45:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
Remove his name from the website, then remove his genitalia with a rusty axe!
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 12/10/02 - 5:47:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
by law yes
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 12/10/02 - 6:07:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
He should be removed. If a punishment for a crime changes after he has been convicted, he shouldn't recieve that punishment also, by law.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 1/29/03 - 12:00:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
I just came across this article about a sex offender who just had to register under Megan's Law. I didn't know this, but apparently the law is going to be up before the Supreme Court soon.
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 3/5/03 - 10:20:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
They should stop the postings until they agree to post all pics of all crimes !!! Wouldnt you like to know the names and addresses of the Rapist, Drunk Driver, Burgler, Batterer or any other person thats been found GUILTY of a crime ? You should have the right to know when a Ex con moves next door to you or in your area, you should have the right to know when a molester moves into your area as well so if your going to post anything POST it all !!!
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 3/5/03 - 11:59:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
Huh?^^
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 3/5/03 - 12:20:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
No one is proposing that the guy be sent back to jail for more time because sentences have gotten stricter; they created a registry for people who have committed sexual offenses. He has. End of story.
17 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 9/24/04 - 9:41:28 PM EST (GMT-5)



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