Montana sex offenders
The Big Picture
Another experience as a congressional staffer was with casework. Although a field staff’s primary job was to represent, gather information, and report back to the boss, being a point of complaints and grievances from the public regarding different branches of the government was another. While our laws are generally well-intentioned, many times they result in making more complications in our life. Such was the case when a young lady approached me with her 6-year-old son and her story.
She stated her husband who was now 28 years old, had sex with an underage female when he was 18. Although the underage female may have consented and possibly provoked the event, the parents of the underage female pressed charges against the then-18-year-old male for statutory rape and the judge found him guilty as charged. He was thus deemed a “sex offender” for life. Although this designation is intended to protect the public from those with criminal intent, it also has some backlash for what many of us may conceive to be a somewhat innocent event that is common through history between two young teenagers with raging hormones.
For those of you who are not privy to what restrictions are placed on sex offenders, they are not to be within a proximity of a school or event that involves children. So you can see that this creates a problem for a young father who would like to attend his child’s school functions, such as ball games and such, but is restricted from doing so for the rest of his life because of this one mistake. This designation will haunt him indefinitely. So is this justice? Don’t misunderstand me, I do believe the intent of the law is well-meaning, and has most likely saved many from being victimized in these heinous crimes, but common sense should come into play at some point.
Recently, I, too, became a victim of a sex offender. Not me directly, but my heifers. Unfortunately, my plight was worsened by some unwanted additions nine months later. You see, my virgin girls were taken advantage of by a rogue, which resulted in many of them becoming pregnant and causing me much consternation and distress. To make matters worse, the babies they were carrying were large, causing considerable trouble during birth, and nearly cost them their lives.
The worst part is, the perpetrator is still roaming free and justice has not been served. The medical bills incurred for birthing these large babies has caused great financial and personal hardship, not to mention, my girls were so traumatized, I don’t know that they will ever be able to live a normal life again! Believe me, if I catch the villain around my girls again, I think I would like to tie him up and castrate him! That would take care of any further notions of taking advantage my girls again.
In Montana, I found this can be a legal remedy under Title 81-4-207 of the Montana Code Annotated. Under such circumstances, if the perpetrator is caught and is not claimed by his rightful owner within two days of personal notification, he may be castrated, and all costs associated charged to the owner.
So a word to those of you who do not ride herd on your boys in the summer months…..don’t be surprised if they come home eunuchs, should they wander too close to a neighbor’s harem! Romans 8:23 – For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.
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Outtagrass Cattle Co. cartoon by Jan Swan Wood for the July 24, 2021, edition of Tri-State Livestock News