That means that the sheriff’s department doesn’t send out postcards or knock on doors to tell his neighbors who he is and what he has done.
But this sliver of quasi-anonymity may end soon, thanks to a new Ohio law. In fact, he’s grateful to the undercover officers who caught him.
And there is Paul, who was caught in an internet sting. Because of his crime, his career is over, he has been forced out of a neighborhood and his marriage has ended.
He ended it and kept his marriage together, but still it made a mess of things.
Then his job took a turn and became terribly stressful.
He doesn’t want his children to suffer any more than they already have.
In legal terms, Paul is a “Sexually Oriented Offender,” which means that a judge has deemed him to be less of a risk to you and me than offenders classified as “Habitual” or “Predatory.” Unlike them, he’s not subject to notification.
This many years later, bed bugs have made a comeback.
They are much more resilient due to adaptation to the overuse of such chemicals, but also because the types of pest control products available today are not as deadly and much more conscious of our health concerns.
When it was time for him to practice in his chosen field—a field that commands respect and demands integrity—he accepted a job in a larger city.
He married, had children, put down roots in the community.
“I really believe they saved my life,” he says now.
But this is the reality: He is a convicted sex offender.
Elusive and nocturnal, they make their presence known most often through the red, itchy bites they leave behind.