—First published on April 28, 2014 in Watchdog Wire
This article was a follow-up to A Mother’s Nightmare, A Child’s Terror, a Hole in Justice first published on November 12, 2013.
Update – On January 7, 2015, Tahoe Wiseman was sentenced to serve out his full 80 week sentence for multiple violations of his SSODA disposition, and for flunking a lie detector test about his sex life. Wiseman admitted to using drugs and having sex with multiple underage girls. At his sentencing, Wiseman blamed his behavior on my articles.
Court is Blind to Social Media Impact
What happens when the stark reality of social media proves that the justice system is failing our most vulnerable? When a sex offender tweets with adoring teens?
Washington law allows certain juvenile child molesters to remain free in the community. After pleading guilty, these felons can keep their routine of school, sports, friends, parties, public recreation–even skiing on weekends. Often the only change to their schedule is bi-weekly group therapy sessions, with other juvenile sex offenders.
RCW 13.40.162 is Washington’s “Special Sex Offender Disposition Alternative” (SSODA) law for first time juvenile sex offenders. It allows molesters to remain free in the community and live their lives–even if the victim was a very young child, who had been traumatized by repeat attacks.
Under the SSODA program, a juvenile sex offender signs a two year contract with the court. According to Thurston County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Wayne Graham, RCW 13.50.050 and 42.56.210 require the terms of this contract to remain hidden from the public.
Not even a young victim’s mother is allowed to know what restrictions, if any, are placed on her child’s molester. Continue reading Sex Offender Tweets of Freedom, Sex, Drugs & Skiing While His Small Victim Suffers