I am happy to clarify and correct any misunderstandings I may have had. This blog, as all blogs, really are only worthwhile if they start a conversation. Tim is welcome to post a follow up diary on my blog.
Okay - let's set the record straight. First off, there seems to be some -- lets call it "confusion" -- about my use of the term sex offender. Even Tim says in an email to me "no court has adjudicated me a "sex offender". Personally, I don't know whether "sex offender" is a legal term with some special meaning as I am not a lawyer. To me, if a person pleads guilty to a crime listed in the Ohio Revised Code in the chapter (2907) titled "Sex Offenses" then he agrees that he has commited a sex offense, and that makes him a sex offender. It is correct that Tim is not in the sex offender registery. But in the Court Docket, Tim pled guilt to importuning which is a sex offense and involves minors.
From Docket -- (click on link to view docket, enter with Tims name or case # under criminal cases and then when the case appears click on the tab marked Docket above, it will list all of the crimes Tim pled guilty to)
COURT DEFENDANT PLEAD GUILTY TO IMPORTUNING R. C. 2907.07 F-5 SENATE BILL TWO, AS AMENDED IN COUNT ONE.
Tim states in his email "i have committed no crime against children". I am not claiming that he actually committed a crime against a child, I am simply copying from the record which indicates Tim was indicted in crimes against minors under 16 - which in my book are children. We should be thankful that the police stepped in when they did.
Tim also states he is not "excluded by law from the political process". I never said he was -- I said he "probably was" because I seemed to remember learning in High School that felons were not allowed to vote. But Tim is right -- in Ohio, Felons are excluded from voting only during the period of their incarceration.
Normally - I would not have posted on this, as it has no relevance on Tim's political views and regular postings . However, when a person tries to lay down a new moral standard, as Tim did, they necessarily imply that their morality is superior to that of everyone elses. It is at that point that this piece of information on Tim's own morality became very relevant and thus I felt needed to become public. I do not care whom Tim supports or doesn't support. If you check into my background you will see that I gave my money to Hackett not Brown, and when you read my archives you will realize I was pretty ambivalent about the primary going back and forth between the 2. So, don't turn this into a Ohio Senate race blog - It isn't. I was sincere when I said - I am concerned about the NEOblogospheres reputation.
Update: I fixed some grammar errors at 10:56. Thanks everyone!
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