Registered Sex Offenders Unite: Group Seeking Legislative Reform to Meet at Buena Park Church

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Registered sex offenders rejoice!

The California chapter of the Reform Sex Offender Laws organization will have its first Orange County meeting later this month in Buena Park.

The national organization attributes much of its growth to the late Tom Reeves, a founding member of the North American Man/Boy Love Association. Reeves, who also went by "Alex Marbury", died of heart failure on Feb. 19. He was 72 years old.

Here's what was posted Feb. 23 at Reformsexoffenderlaws.org:

Alex Marbury was the very heart and soul of RSOL during its formative years. He loved RSOL and its people and, in turn, was the recipient of much appreciation and affection. Hundreds of those now connected to RSOL were first welcomed into the organization by Alex in his role as email contact and member of the Admin Team. He has been sorely missed since his retirement a few years ago.
 
Alex died in the hospital on Sunday February 19 after a year-long debilitating illness.
 
All of us in RSOL are deeply indebted for his indefatigable efforts to end the registry and stand against the demonization of people labeled sex offenders. But his work on behalf of human rights for sex offenders was only a small part of Alex's life and work for social justice and racial equality. No one of any background whose humanity was being violated would fail to receive Alex's support and love. In next month's Digest Alex's good friend and admirer, Paul Shannon, an initiator of the RSOL project, will share a few of the details of Alex's remarkable life.
 
This month's RSOL Digest will be dedicated to the memory of Alex.  He cared deeply about the Digest and enjoyed nothing more than being asked to write an article for an upcoming edition. His retirement left a gap in our hearts and our lives; the sadness at his passing is only mitigated by the knowledge that he is now at rest and at peace.


At Nambla.org, part of a tribute to Reeves, titled "We Remember Tom Reeves, One of NAMBLA's Founders" said the following:


Tom strove over many years to convey the message that sex was something to celebrate, not fear. However moral panics ensued in the 1980s and '90s, fueled by hysterias over the McMartin preschool case, 'Satanic abuse,' and recovered memories. All were shown to be without basis, but were used to hammer NAMBLA. Less radical gays soon to be mainstream separated from Tom on this issue.



Still, the Reform Sex Offenders Law organization disavows sexual relationships between adults and minors, in the face of accusations that it is a front for pedophilia groups. Here's a disclaimer posted on its website:


RSOL does not condone sexual activity between adults and children in any way, nor does it condone any sexual activities that break laws in any state. RSOL is not affiliated with, nor do we support or condone, NAMBLA, Boychat, Girlchat, or any group with similar positions on age of consent or related behaviors. 



Janice Bellucci, the Los Angeles-based state organizer for the group, said Wednesday the  organization's work in the Golden State is not connected to Reeves. She also said those who violate the law should be punished.

"I want to be really clear that when somebody has committed an offense, that they do go to prison," Bellucci said.

She said the problem for registered sex offenders is what they have to face after they have served their prison sentence or finished probation: local ordinances that ban them from public areas such as parks and beaches.

"We have, in some communities, registrants that are being denied access to their public libraries," Bellucci said.

She said the other issue is that California's sex offender registry often contains inaccurate information about the registrants, and that it is nearly impossible to remove that information. 

The chapter's Orange County meeting will be a time for registered sex offenders to share their experiences with the law and hear from lawyers about their rights, Bellucci said.

The free meeting takes place March 24 at 1 p.m. at Holy Ground Church, 7699 Ninth St., Suite 106 in Buena Park.


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Valerie Parkhurst
Valerie Parkhurst

RSOL attempts to distance itself from Nambla at every given turn and yet here it is in black and white. Janice Bellucci, can say anything she wants but RSOL is made up of anything with sex offender status. It doesnt matter if its a Romeo or a guy who tore the insides up of a 4 year old, all are welcome at RSOL. All are on a mission to go back underground and troll thru our society unabated. We have lived that way and we have seen the damage that was done when offenders have free reign to walk about incognito. Whatever issue the registry has? We are by far sitting ducks without it..

Shelly Stow
Shelly Stow

To assume a relationship between two organizations becausethe same person, over a period of time separated by many, many years, had beena member of both seems to be stretching a coincidence until it is something else.

I wonder at the motives of those who embrace this coincidence stretched beyondrecognition. If it is to discredit the reform movement in general or RSOLspecifically, I must ask why. We ask nothing more of our lawmakers than that,before laws are passed dealing with anyone, not just those who have beencharged with sexual crimes, those proposing the law produce evidence-basedresearch verifying that the proposed law, first of all, is needed, and that,secondly, it will address and favorably resolve the problem. As pointed out by Billy, research indicates that the current laws being applied to registrants are not effective in that they do not address the fact that the predominant risk to children for sexual assault comes not from those on a registry but from individuals in their lives, often those nearest to them. 

R. Billy
R. Billy

RSOL's very name is indicative of its exclusive mission: to reform sex offender laws in the United States such that the treatment of Registrants comports with the high standards set by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (http://www.un.org/en/documents....

RSOL has no association with NAMBLA whatsoever and is little concerned with, nor inspired by, any of the the organization's stated goals.  Mr. Reeves association with RSOL was volitional and reflected his strongly-held belief that laws aimed at outing and corralling people previously convicted of sexually-based offenses are an attack on the very dignity of such persons, and ought therefore be abolished.

More recent research strongly suggests that sex offender registries (which are hugely expensive to maintain and enforce) have had no impact on the rate of sexually-based offenses and are making communities throughout the United State much less safe.

Shelly Stow
Shelly Stow

It is no secret to those who are committed to seriously needed reform of the current sex offender laws that I am one of their brotherhood. I invite anyone who questions our motives and purpose to visit our website, www.reformsexoffenderlaws.org. I knew Alex Marbury. I had never heard of Tom Reeves. To assume a relationship between two organizations because the same person, over a period of time separated by many, many years, had been a member of both seems to be stretching a coincidence until it fits the framework of a conspiracy.

I wonder at the motives of those who embrace this coincidence stretched beyond recognition. If it is to discredit the reform movement in general or RSOL specifically, I must ask why. We ask nothing more of our lawmakers and law enforcement than that, before laws are passed dealing with anyone, not just those who have been charged with sexual crimes, those proposing the law produce evidence-based research verifying that the proposed law, first of all, is needed, and that, secondly, it will address and favorably resolve the problem. We then ask that that standard be applied to existing laws. If all clear and valid evidence indicates that a certain law will create conditions that are correlated with making communities less safe rather than more, why would anyone in his right mind want that law passed?

Raymundo Garcia
Raymundo Garcia

Some people do belong on the sex offender registry and some do not! like the 19 year old who had consenting sex with his 16 going on 17 year old girlfriend but was charged and convicted of a sex crime and now has to register as a sex offender even though he is now married to the girl he was convicted of raping all because of hateful parents and a DA that only thinks about winning and not what is right or wrong. you no what would be really cool to find a hacker who would be willing to hack nambla servers and download and post there members info on the web for all to do with what they want. than after that protest the company that handles there domain name and force them to shut it down.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

There are quite a few OC pastors that need to attend this meeting.

Rob_Curtis
Rob_Curtis

 Valerie I am a registered s(EX)-offender that has recently received a US Congressional award for community service for helping cancer patents and the homeless.  So, when you writes to or about us remember we have paid our debt to society and been throw a grinder you cannot comprehend.  We have children and family and are working to make ourselves and our families safe and secure as much if not more than others around us!

Valerie Parkhurst
Valerie Parkhurst

Like I said Tom Reeves wanted Sex Offender Laws Reformed that equals RSOL and I dont care how much registries cost to maintain..You seem to be under the false impression people are more concerned with COST than the ability for our Society to access those convicted of sexually based crimes..Typical Billy, when you cant persuade the public with your BS "dignity arguments" then throw in Cost for good measure..Next RSOL will be calculating "victim" expenses versus Registry expenses...good luck with that one also Billy. "Liars can figure, figures dont lie" the cost to our citizens was alot higher without the registry and you guys still find a way to chew up our women and children..

Valerie Parkhurst
Valerie Parkhurst

Shelly the old saying if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck..its a duck. You have been seriously duped along with others. You spend your days advocating RSOL and all its mission statements exactly as designed by Tom Reeves ..He knew he couldnt WIN public approval under the Nambla name so he started RSOL to recruit simpletons as yourself to do the dirty work for him. You can post "disclaimers" till the cows come home it still isnt going to make a "mink coat out of a Rats back". As usual you and your motley crew of sex offenders use the term "coincidence" as an anomoly? How much of a coincidence is it that Alex Marbury Tom Reeves and hundreds of others who spent their lives and their days attempting to mainstream sex with children of all ages and people like yourself, are Registered, logged in members of the same group?

Rich
Rich

I too am registered, and know exactly what you mean, I did my probation and counseling but when my ten years was up on the registry the change the law and now it's more stressful being on the registry than when  I was on the probation that I agreed to be on because my court appointed attorney, advised me not to even challenge the charges, even though he knew, that my daughter was being told to say junk by my ex-wife to get custody of our daughter. The justice system is far more about money than justice, and people who trust  the registry to make things safer don't even stop to consider that 99% of offenses are commited by people who are not yet on the registry, or even teachers etc, if  I wre to mention all the ways that the registry is flawed I'D have to type until my fingers bled, but  I will probably be posting more coments because people need to wake up to reality.

Valerie Parkhurst
Valerie Parkhurst

Obviously Rob you have aligned yourself with any and everything that has SO status. Thats your first mistake. The public is quite tired of Offenders and their advocates trying to pass the "I just pee'd on a bush" or "she told me she was 19, crap" as the holy grail for all offender convictions. I applaud you for your accomplishments. But if you think I am gonna to let slide by the "loudest mouths" voicing against Legislation concerning sex offenders by the mothers, daughters and sisters of some of the most heinous crimes committed by their loved ones, think again. RSOL is made up of people who have criminal backgrounds that would set your hair on fire. In fact if you took the time to read many in fact "MOST" of their convictions the reason they are hell bent on abolishing the registry and other reforms is the fact their crimes are considered so "heinous" they cant be considered for removal from the registry. Be careful with whom you align yourself with on the web ..3/4 of the RSOL members/offenders..even "you" wouldnt leave your kids in the same room with.

Richard  Pruett
Richard Pruett

I am not replying, I am adding another comment as I mentioned I would , the biggist thing that gnaws at me about one of the latest of the registry laws is it's reason for becoming a law in the first place, and if you don't believe what I'm saying all you have to do is google the name Adam Walsh, and you will discover that what happened to him, was Done by a famous serial killer/cannibal/nectrofiliac named Toole, who went on a cross country killing spree, with his accomplace Henry Lee, who they made a movie about. What I'm saying is that when something gets a lot of attention, law makers pass new laws usually to get attention/ votes and it doesn't matter how much or how little the law makes sense.

Richard Pruett
Richard Pruett

I agree offenders shouldn't be left in the with kids, however the world is no safer now than in the 70s when I too was left with an offender, because it's always the one who nobody knows about that offends, for instance people who either haven't yet offended or just haven't yet been caught.

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