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    UK - Pedophile traveling to Thailand to marry woman with children

    This must have slipped under the wire. Is this not the most outrageous and disturbing story? The young Thai woman has no idea and her nieces are being put into grave danger. The guy sounds cocky to me. Yeah, why would he tell? It might ruin his chances to offend again. Can I ask why he was allowed internet access? He only served 20 weeks for possession of child porn. I would think that he'd have some sort of probation where he'd be prohibited from internet access.

    Also, does anyone know what's up with these so-called "safe houses" in the UK? At first, I thought that they were like our "half-way" houses but they are much different. The goal seems to be to keep the offenders safe, not the public.

    http://www.pattayadailynews.com/en/2...thai-marriage/

    Convicted British Paedophile Lines Up Thai Marriage

    "A convicted paedophile in the United Kingdom, Craig Meehan [24] is currently planning on a trip to Thailand where he will stay for ‘a while’ in order to marry a Thai woman he has been courting on the internet.


    Convicted on a string of child pornography charges in 2008, Meehan has been courting his future bride to be over the internet. It can be revealed that he has not informed the 24-year-old woman of his sordid past stating, “No – why should I? She doesn’t have to know, it’s up to me.....”

    and

    "....His 24-year-old Thai girlfriend, living on the Thai holiday resort island of Phuket, has informed him that she lives with her 4-year-old nieces but it appears nothing can be done to stop Mr. Meehan from travelling to Thailand


    and

    "...One friend said: “He’s totally obsessed with her. The girl has told him her parents are dead and she lives with her young nieces. “If anyone tells him that people will be disgusted by what he’s doing he just replies, ‘I love her, let people think what they want’.”


    more at link

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    One can only hope that someone will inform the woman about what she is getting. England is just messed up, to put it bluntly. They should be ashamed of themselves. That they would house a pedophile in a neighborhood with children (other thread) is beyond outrageous. No wonder these people are ready to burn him at the stake. This whole safe-house thing is the most patently ridiculous thing I have heard in quite a while. And giving child murderers new identities and setting them up with new lives at taxpayer expense? Oh yeah, that's just a wonderful idea.

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    Belinda--I had a sudden flash after I posted this. Maybe it's a a sting and there is no Thai woman with 2 little nieces. Maybe it's actually a group of concerned citizens from Phuket writing the letters using her name. We can dream.

    On the other issue, I don't know what the answer is for RSOs. My son is a lifetime registrant and he's in jail again tonight for a parole violation. The violation is that he's homeless and jobless. It's tough when you have no job, no skills (after 14 years of special ed), no way to pay for a place to live, no understanding of buses or applications and no other option but to sleep in the greenway. I don't see how that is keeping anyone safer nor keeping costs down.

    I just checked his photo and his eyes look so tired. He's talking about asking the judge to just return him to Salem for the remaining 7 years of his sentence. He has no hope on the streets.

    We have a lot of work to do concerning all levels of released SOs.

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    Missizzy - You have such a way of helping us to view the other side of the coin. Children must be protected. But, I see now the problems involved on the other side. There are no easy answers, but there has to be a better way. It took me a long time to reply to your post. I was so saddened by your post I couldn't think of a single thing to say. Bless you for all you do.

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    Doesn't the universe have a strange way of opening our eyes? I find it so ironic that I sit on both "sides of the table" on this issue. It's not surprising, I'm told, as many who are abused and don't receive the help they need, go on to offend. Therapy for the cognitively challenged is hard to find. In our valley, over half of our children who were abused, couldn't access that specialized therapy. It really wasn't a shock when this young man offended a 16 year old when he was 18. They were in the same special class at school. I refuse to minimize his crime as that would be disrespectful of the victim. However, I do NOT believe our son's confession was handled correctly as the detective knew full well about his cognitive deficits and mental illness.

    He pleaded guilty to attempted rape and was placed on probation for 10 years and made a lifetime RSO. His first arrest came when he left the state as he hated the therapy group they put him in. My first response to his displeasure with his therapy was, "too bad". However, when I started looking more closely at the format and assignments, I saw how ill-fitting it was for a young man with so many challenges. It seemed very much to me that it was set up for failure. He did a year in prison for leaving the state and was released a few months ago. He walked out of the Salem prison far harder than when he went in. He was given 10 days to get a job and a place to live. He is required to announce his ex-con and RSO status on every application. No one will hire him and no one will rent to him, even though we're fronting the money.

    I've pondered this issue for several years now and I think the system is seriously flawed. I am incensed that there are "safe houses" in the UK but at the same time I have to wonder what happened to our "halfway houses". This is what our son needs. I would far rather have a designated apartment complex or remodeled motel used as living quarters for RSOs. I think we would all be better served if they received some life-skills training. I'd like them to also have access to some form of "sheltered" employment until we can be more comfortable with them in our communities.

    I would imagine that every ex-con in this country is dealing with unemployment right now. And we all know what happens when someone has too much time on their hands, no safe place to live, and no quality of life. Every time I hear someone screaming about RSOs in their neighborhood, I have to ask, where do you want them to go? Some might scream back "anywhere but here" but that's not logical. A man or woman who commits an assault or mugging, does there time and moves on. RSOs, who include such a wide swath of offenders on so many levels, can never move on.

    I don't have any answers. Some may look at the photo of my son and see a criminal. I see a young man who was born prematurely (at 23 weeks), affected by his mother's drug use, abandoned in the hospital, separated for months from his twin, neglected and abused in the foster care system, horribly raped numerous times, suffers with multiple mental illnesses, has no insurance to access meds, struggles with severe cognitive deficits, made a horrible mistake by not listening to "NO" the first time, and now who battles a system which seems designed to entrap and confuse him rather than to help him become a productive member of society.

    That's what I see. My son.

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    This story is sickening. It's bad enough to hear about child molestation after the fact, but to have advance warning and not be able to do anything about it??
    There is no cure for pedofilia.
    It breaks my heart to know what those children are in for!!

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    All I can hope is that the Thai LE (who are certainly cracking down more than in the past) will be on top of this story. Phuket is an internationally known tourist destination. This would not look good from even a PR standpoint.

    Maybe the thrust of this story was just to inform readers how much more work still needs to be done to keep children safe and to keep offenders on the straight and narrow.

    I'd actually like to know how authorities are certain that this woman is 24. Are they just going on the perp's word? If I were this guy, I'd be more than a little concerned that this really is a young woman and not some of the parents of his past victims!!



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