Posted: Aug 16, 2013 10:57 PM GST Updated: Aug 19, 2013 10:00 PM GST
Can a sex offender's medical treatments keep kids safe?
"Many Hyde Park parents aren't pleased that convicted sex offender TS chose their town to start his life after prison. Corrections says the 53-year-old is likely to reoffend and would target 12-year-old boys.
"So, how can I honestly feel they're safe out on that playground?" dad Mark Dvorak said Wednesday.
S served his max sentence for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a Vermont boy. Now, Hyde Park law enforcement is trying to be frank with concerned citizens.
"He currently is taking, and he told me to use the term Depo-Provera shots, which are a male castration, a form of male castration," Lamoille County Sheriff Roger Marcoux said Wednesday.
"For cases where people are fearful of what they might do, by based on what they have done in the past, sometimes it's seen as a reasonable suggestion," said Tom Powell, a forensic psychologist.
Powell has worked extensively with incarcerated sex offenders. He calls these monthly injections a "deep-end option" for high-risk offenders. The treatment is not widely used in Vermont, but he says other states that have civil confinement use it routinely."
"There are more than 1,400 sex offenders in the state. And as for the rate of recidivism, Powell says only 10 to 15 percent of sex offenders actually re-offend. Of those who do, two-thirds commit non-sexual crimes."