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missvioletmae
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Good Evening! My boyfriend and I are considering moving to the Island of St. Thomas in roughly a year. I will be a licensed teacher in May 2012 in art education and would like to start my career on the islands. He does not have a degree and is a wonderful in sales.

From what I have read, teaching jobs are available as well as retail sales.

My biggest concerns are: 1. Crime rate is high, though it was said its mainly over illegal drugs and is not usually random acts. Is this true? How bad does it affect everyday life?
2. My boyfriends dad is in jail in North Carolina. Once he is out ( 4 years after our move) he would be relocating with us. He would be a registered sex offender. I have not been able to find any information about his convictions keeping him from moving to the USVI.
3. Should I look to work for private or public schools? Should my boyfriend work to management positions here in the states, would this help him get a better job once in the USVI?

I appreciate any help/advice. Web links are also very welcome!

Thanks,
Violet

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Topic starter Posted : August 21, 2011 10:13 pm
Linda J
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Come on down and bring him with you when he gets out of jail...Maybe he can run for office.

Sorry, I have no real help for you, just a little sarcasm.

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Posted : August 21, 2011 10:35 pm
speee1dy
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there are different reasons for the sex offender label. private school would probably be your best bet. crime rate is high and is usually gang/drug related but innocent people get caught in it too.
do a pre move visit to see if it is really something you want. read tons of the posts here also

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Posted : August 21, 2011 11:12 pm
missvioletmae
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Haha. Sarcasm is also appreciated!

We do plan to make a pre visit and act as if we live there and not as if we are tourists. Thanks for the information!

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Topic starter Posted : August 21, 2011 11:36 pm
Cruz
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your dad will fit right in with the rest sex offenders and fugitives that are on the run from the mainland. The VI govt will even roll out the red carpet and give him some tax incentives for a start up business. He'll be just fine. 😉

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Posted : August 22, 2011 3:52 am
pt
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Gosh - this Board is starting to sound like "Crucians in Focus"!

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Posted : August 22, 2011 12:08 pm
IslandHops
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LindaJ & Cruz - Welcome to "Club Snarky" 😎

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Posted : August 22, 2011 1:06 pm
BeachcomberStt
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We do have a USVI sex offender registry online, like they do in the states.

Don't know how updated it is. Hopefully it is. But seems like they don't register like they are supposed to anywhere they move, whether it is here or in the states. Not saying he is going to be one that doesn't register.

He must register & inform where he is living & working!!!

Don't have the link for it right off-hand, but there is one. When I find it I will post it. Or maybe someone else has it, that can post it.

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Posted : August 22, 2011 2:15 pm
Hiya!
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I really don't think a teacher can live with a register sex offender without disclosing it. Seems like one of those things if anyone found out would get you fired. If I'm wrong it will greatly sadden me.

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Posted : August 22, 2011 2:46 pm
onthespot
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I really don't think a teacher can live with a register sex offender without disclosing it. Seems like one of those things if anyone found out would get you fired. If I'm wrong it will greatly sadden me.

I think laws about sex offenders and where they live apply to the sex offender, not the people who live with them. In CA anyhow... Sex offenders have to live somewhere, better with people who know them and can deal with it.

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Posted : August 22, 2011 3:14 pm
BeachcomberStt
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What his convictions are don't dictate where he lives. (His probably would compared say, to a drug dealer)
When he is released, his parole/probation officer will give him all the rules/laws he is supposed to follow.
That is if he is on parole/probation when he is released.
Pretty much like any convict that is released from prison/jail & is on parole/probation. There are rules they have to follow, for example, drug screens, no guns, check in weekly, etc.

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Posted : August 22, 2011 5:01 pm
CityGirl
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Oh Boy! I feel a LONG thread coming on! 😎

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Posted : August 22, 2011 5:20 pm
BeachcomberStt
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http://sexoffender-reports.blogspot.com/2010/02/stateside-sex-offender-arrested-in-usvi.html?m=1

Just a little info. & laws.

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Posted : August 22, 2011 5:41 pm
Hiya!
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The difference with sex offenders, well at least pedophiles is they always do it again and again and again and it has horrible result to an innocent child possibly for the rest of their life. A drug dealer, well people do that to themselves, the drug dealers don't force themselves down your throat.

I still think if parents found out she was living with a sex offender they would not want her teaching at their school. And here where the law doesn't often convict the bad guys, you often hear of "rough justice" by the offended party. We already have way too many sex offenders here.

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Posted : August 22, 2011 7:38 pm
onthespot
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The spectrum of sexual offenders is broad, and varied. The OP did not say BF father was a serial violent pedophile. Sex offense in CA can be as small as peeing in an alley, or going commando with your fly down, if someone wants to make it into exposing themselves in public, on up to consentual activity, up to date rape barely over the line of consentual sex, on up, up, up to horrific mutilations and murders. I would think if he was of the latter kind, the OP and her BF would not be making plans, years in advance, to take him in. I'm guessing his offense is of the lesser sort.

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Posted : August 22, 2011 9:01 pm
Hiya!
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Since he is going to be in jail for at least four more years this is NOT a minor crime. First time offenders usually get a slap on the wrist right now especially with states being so poor and the jails over crowded. You should be very familiar with this especially if you are living in California.

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Posted : August 22, 2011 9:30 pm
missvioletmae
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This was not a minor offence. We will be the only people left for him to live with. He has no one else to take him in. I never even thought about his crime effecting me as a teacher, but I believe you all are right. As a fellow teacher or parent I my self would want to know about things like this. I really appreciate all the information everyone has given me!

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Topic starter Posted : August 25, 2011 12:59 am
jbatl
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If it's not a minor offense (which would be suggested by his sentence), are you certain he will be allowed to leave the state once he is released? Even if he needs permission, some parole/probation officers may not look at USVI as a viable option.

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Posted : August 25, 2011 2:25 pm
BeachcomberStt
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http://doj.vi.gov/DivisionContent_4.php?divId=135

Here is the link to the USVI sex registry. It tells you a lot about the the offender. Like the actual offense, height, weight, DOB, residence, employment, etc.

I don't know how updated it is. You can actually find some of them on Facebook!

Maybe a halfway house is the best place for your boyfriend's father to live.

I sure wouldn't want to screw up my employment/career over someone that isn't even related to you. Looks like you will be bringing in the most money in the household, considering the job situation. You having a degree, a boyfriend that doesn't, and a sex offender that probably won't find employment. Sorry, but I wouldn't hire him.

I had relatives that worked in state prisons and told me sex offenders are on the bottom of the food chain, so to speak. Especially child molesters.

Good luck, cause I really think you are going to need it.

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Posted : August 25, 2011 6:16 pm
STXoldie
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missvioletmae--Get the hell out of that situation now; why in the world you want to have a sex offender living with you--the stigma alone would be hard to deal with let alone when parents find out their childs teacher is living with one.

You may be blinded by love but don't be stupid; you and your boyfriend may be fine but leave the Dad; he did what he did, it is not your job to take care of him

Sorry to be harsh but let's get a reality check here

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Posted : August 25, 2011 6:52 pm
dntw8up
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This was not a minor offence. We will be the only people left for him to live with. He has no one else to take him in.

He's an adult so he can live alone or get a roommate. We neither need nor want any more sex offenders here. :X

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Posted : August 25, 2011 6:59 pm
swans
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He's an adult so he can live alone or get a roommate. We neither need nor want any more sex offenders here. :X

Truer words were never spoken. Nor are sex offenders and child molesters welcomed in any community which I am aware of at the moment.

Murderers, robbers, and other various assortments of criminals, who have served their time in the penal system to pay back society, have undergone rehabilitation - at least to some appreciable degree. On the other hand, I am led to believe through common knowledge within our society that sex offenders - and especially child molesters - can NEVER be rehabilitated at all. Ever. Is this so?

Consequently, one who has the sex offender living next door and within a small community can expect a violent criminal always on the prowl. No one, nothing can rehabilitate this particular individual. Ever. The sex offender/ child molester has ruined someone's life forever with no real regrets (as I understand) and will repeat the offense at the first opportunity. This is the life he chose to lead.

Perhaps a psychologist can shed some more light on the truth.

Swan

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Posted : August 25, 2011 8:14 pm
BeachcomberStt
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STXoldie, dntw8up, & Swan, took the words right out of my mouth. I just didn't wanted to come off harsh & bit my tongue. I was hoping you could read between the lines.

It's just not worth it. You are inheriting a problem that in no way deals with you. It's his problem and your boyfriend's-if he wants it to be.

I don't know what the major sexual offense was, but some sexual offenses repeat from generation to generation. If a person doesn't get some type of therapy, so he/she can stop the cycle. So I would be careful.

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Posted : August 25, 2011 9:02 pm
jbatl
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This was NOT my quote. This was OPs quote. Please try to quote properly. I have no opinion about OPs predicament. Was just trying to provide additional info.

This was not a minor offence. We will be the only people left for him to live with. He has no one else to take him in.

He's an adult so he can live alone or get a roommate. We neither need nor want any more sex offenders here. :X

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Posted : August 25, 2011 10:19 pm
dntw8up
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jbatl - It's strange that the quote function credited you -- I don't understand it, but I'm sorry.

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