July 15, 2010

Who is delivering the mail?

Posted: 02:02 PM ET

Just this week, the Government Accountability Office released a report about thousands of registered sex offenders receiving U.S. passports. The report stated that many of the offenders would subsequently use their legally obtained passport to travel to foreign countries known for sex tourism.

The report detailed 30 case studies involving registered sex offenders who were issued passports by the State Department during fiscal year 2008. The State Department says there are no laws that allow it to deny issuing passports to registered sex offenders, and that it “rigorously adheres” to following the law.

One of the cases in the report involved a U.S. Postal Service employee.

Here’s what the report stated:

“A U.S. Postal Service carrier was convicted of indecency with a girl, including sexual contact. The Postal Service was aware of the conviction and the offender is still employed as a postal carrier. The assigned route for the postal carrier goes through a residential area that includes an elementary school.”

Last December, the Postal Service announced it would begin a program to compare its lists of employees to the national sex offender database. Earlier this year, a postal carrier in California was reassigned to a job where he does not interact with the public after it was discovered he was a registered sex offender.

A Postal Service spokesman says the carrier mentioned in the GAO report has since resigned. As for the program, postal employees have 10 days after finding out they’re on a sex offender registry to inform the Postal Service. The agency is still in the process of compiling data about the number of sex offenders working there.

Do you think registered sex offenders should be allowed to deliver mail in residential neighborhoods?

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More, really?   July 15th, 2010 7:46 pm ET

How many articles on sex offenders are you going to do this week? Desperate for ratings so going with the fearmongering tactic? Guess what? They shop in your market, pump your gas, fix your roof, and maybe some of you they even own your company. You do yourself an intellectual disservice by obviously lumping everyone convicted of a crime with the label of sex offender. Once someone has served their sentence they are an ex offender. Some are dangerous, some are not. Some rehabilitate, some do not. You must be really be desperate for ratings.

buchanan   July 16th, 2010 9:52 am ET

The mailman who you refer to in your article had worked for the postal service for many years. Those people in which he served loved him. He had been convicted of a minor offense years ago.

What CNN and the public needs to understand is that thousands who are on the registry here in California, would have not had to register in many other states. Every state has different laws and different ages of consent. So, while it is a crime to have contact with a 16/17 year old here, it would not be a crime in a neighboring state.

Also, laws are not equal. For example, one young man is arrested for having sexual contact with a 16 year old who lied about her age. He is sent to prison and required to register. The other young man gets a 15 year old pregnant he is never charged. So now, one is deemed a sex offender, the other a fireman. (True story) Same county, same state, same time frame.

I personally think that if the act was consensual, did not harm someone, we are wasting millions of tax dollars on ruinging thousands of lives and using to many resources to "monitor" these so called offenders who can not find housing, jobs or support themselves and are a drain on society.

As I see it, most men would have been considered to have committed some type of sex offense in their lives. But most do not get reported, or go to jail over it. In California, every offense is treated the same. And once your accused, your guilty. There are almost 200,000 registraints in California, and it is a lifetime sentence. No wonder California is broke.

California needs to asess offenders to determine who is a threat and who is not. Destroying thousands of lives is not the answer.

We have parents in the news who harm their own children everyday. Do we then accuse every parent? Do we label them all?

If someone was to really look into some of these cases, they would realize that a tragedy has occured. But, it will take years for anyone to admit to that.

scroo yoo   July 16th, 2010 9:55 am ET

Why should a sex offender be able to get a better job than I am able to?

scroo yoo   July 16th, 2010 9:56 am ET

PS. I could give a f**k about sex offenders rights

william   July 16th, 2010 10:18 am ET

To More,Really: Sensitive subject? Hmm.... You obviously have some issues here, but what you don't have is sense. Most of us don't want sex offenders near our schools. Time after time these "ex" offenders do re-offend. It is proven and don't try to deny it; you will just look foolish. It's time to be proactive in defending our communities.

HeyZeus   July 16th, 2010 1:46 pm ET

All Hail the overlord of News. I posted two different comments on two different "stories" with supporting facts, and ofcourse CNN didn't publish them. Great job guys, suppression of facts is great journalistic integrity.

warsteiner   July 17th, 2010 5:33 am ET

That's wonderful! Im sooo so happy that we have so many liberal's in the US. See sex offenders can even be president.

SPF   July 17th, 2010 11:41 am ET

Postal worker or not, all sex offenders should be required to stay away from restricted areas. I cant imagine how it could come to be a question? I do not believe that a sex offender should be allowed to hold a government job. PERIOD

Valerie Emerson   July 17th, 2010 1:33 pm ET

No they should not get passports. no they should not be able to hold jobs that take them into the area of children. they need to be placed on an island isolated from society! Most things wrong with people can be fixed, or controled, but a pedifile is not fixable, and will commit his crimes over and over regardles of the intervintion. REMOVE them from society!

Smith in Oregon   July 17th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

The United States National Security Agency (NSA) has unveiled it's latest ultimate snooping, invasive and eavesdropping tool targeting ALL Americans connected to the Nations Power-Grid!

During the utterly depraved invasive East Berlin era, the East German security forces discovered a very innovative mechanical means to connect to the city's hot water pipes supplying citizens heat radiator's which could be selectively tuned to eavesdrop and tune specifically into conversations in any residents home or dwelling! Using current computer technology, America's NSA has taken that to a new level of corrupt, invasive depravity with it's Operation 'Perfect Citizen' coming to your US Home soon!

The scope of the depraved invasion on American freedoms and liberty's in America's homes under Operation 'Perfect Citizen' is truly amazing. The NSA appears to have been given the 'Green Light' to attach NSA 'sensors' and 'computer links' to the Public Utility power feed-lines across America. This under the 'guise' of alerting the NSA against a cyber-attack upon a local Power Company's power-grid.

Americans are not universally stupid nor ignorant enough to even think the NSA cares about how much electrical energy Americans are using although in the past local heavy handed law enforcement agency's have targeted private individuals with heavy electrical energy for door busting marijuana searches.

However the vast number of American's do not realize how much information is received and carried already on the Nations Power Grid lines. Many home intra-net's now are using the power grid, metro-city areas are adopting intra-net and internet data processing thru home power grid's as direct tie-in's. ALL of the Nation's power grid operators pass messages, and ton's of information in digital and analog packet's on the very lines carrying power into your very homes!

In the most basic form, the nation's power grid forms a gigantic antenna array which picks up computer keystrokes and virtually all kinds of electrical signals which can in turn relay that specific information to the NSA under the 'Perfect Citizen' operation.

Sadly, this appears to directly go against President Obama's campaign promises of not allowing nor permitting further invasions of America's Freedoms, Liberty's and Rights which were entirely under assault during the horrific Republican administration of Bush-Cheney. Does this signal that like the CIA with Afghanistan's Opium-Heroin trafficking, America's NSA is no longer controlled by the Executive Branch of Government?

Sadly, this also signals that American citizens who thru alternative energy choose to 'go off the grid' will likely be harassed and targeted as unpatriotic and suspected of conducting unpatriotic activities.

Operation 'Perfect Citizen' illustrates the extreme height of paranoia in some of the dark, nefarious federal agency's in America much like East German security agency's prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Jan G.   July 18th, 2010 2:52 pm ET

I think all sex offenders should wear a sign that says "I AM A SEX OFFENDER" The general public should be aware of these people,

Yuveth   July 19th, 2010 8:04 am ET

I think each case .. is different really. Depending on the parties involved.. if you have a person who is like 25+ with a younger person 15-16.. that is quite questionable.. but if it's two people who are in the same age range.. and both are concenting .. then it isnt a sex offense.

I know a person who got charged with Statutory rape I believe it was.. and he spent time in prison over it. They don't tell you what actually happened .. all the public hears is this guy raped someone. What they didn't hear was the fact that he was 19 and she was 17. She initiated the contact... both parties were concenting.. what got him into trouble was the fact that her parents found them together and they pressed charges.

Do I think it was rape ? No. But it doesn't matter now. That charge will be with him forever. And the guy in question wouldn't hurt a fly.

The laws on the books.. need a real thorough going-through.

j   July 19th, 2010 10:11 am ET

'Do you think registered sex offenders should be allowed to deliver mail in residential neighborhoods? '

Hell no. They almost always relapse or have multiple offenses. Letting a sex offender wonder free around schools is like letting a pyromaniac loose in a fireworks store. It's the stupidest thing ever.

the truth   July 19th, 2010 11:09 am ET

i agree that every case is different. And their are some sick people in this world that the public should be aware of who is in the community. But when people hear the words SEX OFFENDER you immeditily think of a man or woman raping a child. But in most cases their minor offences where some lied about their ages and two consenting people had intercourse. So I think their should be different levels and not just putting them in a box labeled all as sex offenders.

B smith   July 19th, 2010 3:22 pm ET

I think that should start with selfs before the judge anyone for anything.Just because someone is charge with something. does not mean that everyone has done what they were charge for, there is people and childern that lie too. and there is always two side. of everything..
How would like to be charged with someyou never done, and can prove you did not do what some said you did. remember alot of people lie. we are teaching the childern in scool about sex and on tv, and everydays , the childern know more then you think . and yes they too lie., for one reson other, because are in trouble or they want to get someone in trouble.
I think the law should be changed they are to hard now. people don't want offerned to have or place live or family, why do some people think that offerner should just die. people can go out and kill some one and get out in twenty year AND GO BACK TO THEIR LIFES WHY NOT THE OFFERENED GO BACK TO THEIR LIFE TOOand if he or she does something else then put them away.

gene   July 19th, 2010 3:34 pm ET

I think the government should stay out of people private lifes of a family and stop taking the rights from parents, in rising theit kids. maybe things would be alot better .
the parent has no over control overtheir kids now, I think that the parent is afraid of doing anythying to make child mind, because they are afraid if going to jail.
the kid know more about sex then the older peole do..
i blame this on the government and alot of other problems.
kids are having sex in grade shcool. and we are teach them in kindergraden now, that is what the government wants.

what   July 27th, 2010 2:37 pm ET

There is no such thing as consensual sex with an underage girl. Period.

Bruce   July 27th, 2010 3:44 pm ET

I have a feeling all planes flying to Thailand are going to be booked for the next 6 months...

Rob   July 28th, 2010 7:38 am ET

It is amazing how well media fear-mongering works. From william: "Time after time these "ex" offenders do re-offend. It is proven and don't try to deny it; you will just look foolish."

William, you are the one looking foolish here. Figures from a 2002 study DOJ of sex offenders released in 1994 indicate that only 5.3% of released sex offenders were later arrested for a different sex crime. This is the lowest of any type of offense. See

*Every* study done has shown the same thing.

Blee   July 29th, 2010 9:24 am ET

@Rob 5.3% repeat offenders iss still too much IMO.

Mel   August 13th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

What is Smith in Oregon smoking? I want some. Wierd comment.

Concerned   August 15th, 2010 5:53 am ET

Yet another piece of Crap article from Abbie

I see now that she has a things against Sex Offenders... heres the thing the individual you are reporting about had been delivering mail for a very long time as a Sex offender..... he hasn't done anything.. maybe because unlike the stereotype that ALL sex offenders Re offend he payed his debt to society and became a good citizen that is contributing to society.

You get me sick lady in one report you make it seem like all sex offenders should not be allowed to get jobs... then in another you pose the question on whether they should be allowed to get passports.... give it a rest i think CNN needs to rethink Abbies employment

crabman   August 16th, 2010 10:42 am ET

if a18 year old guy has an encounter with a 17 year old female and the mother of the female decides she dose not like princecharming the guy could be screwed for life ---- real nice

KATIE   August 17th, 2010 11:28 am ET

You should not be allowed to speak or post in public forums until you have aquired proper spelling and grammar. I can barely wade through this.

Maureen   September 23rd, 2010 12:51 am ET

You can be a convicted sex offender for literally anything. Took a pee outside and some irate soccer mom saw you with her binoculars? REGISTER FOR LIFE. Had sex with your 16 year old girlfriend when you were 18? REGISTER FOR LIFE. Did you meet a girl in a bar and assume she was at least 21 but she was 17? REGISTER FOR LIFE. Can you go on the list yet for "sexting" or whatever the media was foaming at the mouth about where you take a picture of yourself and get charged with child porn...?

That list is worthless because you can be put on it for anything from forcible rape of an 8 year old to the nonsense examples above. Like the boy who cried wolf, someone cries sex offender and I assume some poor shmuck got railroaded instead of assuming they are a dangerous predator. Of course they should still be issued passports, of course they should be able to get jobs. If they are that dangerous where you think they will be molesting kids left and right then they shouldnt be out list or no.

Jessica S   September 23rd, 2010 9:57 am ET

To More, really? Seriously? You think that once they have served their time they are ex offenders? I doubt very much you would think this if it was your child they harmed.

John Hennessy Black   September 24th, 2010 12:45 pm ET

I think every individual in America should be required to have a tattoo on his/her forehead that would state: I am a sex offender/I am NOT a sex offender... I am a Democrat/Republican/Independent… I am a Christian/Muslim/Jew... I am a heterosexual/I am a homosexual…

Failure to comply with this information, clearly manifested on your forehead, should result in immediate decapitation!

After all, this is AMERICA!

gary   September 25th, 2010 10:21 am ET

How about you INVESTIGATIVE REPORTERS investigate the Federal Mail and Fex Ex moneys and how much goes to the Bildeburger group? We do need to trace our money and find out where it is ALL GOING. you guys keep reporting other stuff, lets stick to one story until it is finnished Okay? Reporters, hahahahahahahahahaha is their an American in there anywhere?

Coaster   September 26th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

To everyone who thinks it's as simple as saying "no sex offender should have a government job ever, a passport ever, etc". Okay. Define "Sex Offender" I promise you that what goes through your head is what goes through most people's heads, adults who prey on children. But THAT IS NOT THE LAW.

The law is that, but it is also the boy who is a few MONTHS older then the girl who lies about her age, the law is also the couple who are BOTH underage, but the boy is still an offender. The law says there is no such thing as CONSENSUAL among teens. The law does not see any difference between the adult that does unthinkable things to babies, and the teens that get caught when they were supposed to be feeding Grandma's cats while she's on her senior's group trip.

The law is BROKEN.

Would you see your teen labeled the same as the pedophile that ra pes babies???

Jules   September 28th, 2010 11:33 am ET

First, sex offenders should be allowed passports. However, countries should be encouraged to deny entry if you are on a sex offender registration list. Secondly, there needs to be better differentiation among those on the registry. A seventeen old having consensual sex with his 16 or 15 y.o girlfriend should absolutely NOT be on that list. High schoolers sexting, should not be on the registry either. Until a better system is in place to identify true sex offenders, we are all getting a raw deal.

Mike dallas texas   September 29th, 2010 7:52 pm ET

A sex offender that has carried out his sentence and has had or is in the processing of completing any post sentence rehabilitation should be given a job with the USPO if he otherwise would qualify . Going in , the USPO will know on his job application of his arrest and or conviction of a crime of this type , and if the guy is trying to get his life straight , and pay his bills and taxes , then let the man work . Nothing is worse for a convicted felon than to be able to find no meaningful work and thus in a hopeless state of mind , begin to think he might as well give up on life and possibly go back to a life of crime. Of course , if the guy blows it with his job , then he is going to face the law again and this time being a 2nd offender will probably never see freedom again. Give the guy a chance , but this one is the last one .

david   September 30th, 2010 1:46 pm ET

We definitely need a way to distinguish between hardcore rapists and/or molestors of prepubescent children on the one hand, from those who have urinated in public or otherwise simply exposed themselves, or those 19 year olds who are busted for sleeping with their slightly younger girlfriends who have consented.

Great injustice results from lumping these all together as "sex offenders." Most men have urinated in public at some point in their lives. I guess we take away the driver's licenses, passports, jobs and subject them to a lifetime of ostracism and scorn? How absurd. Let's wear signs that say "I am male."

Until our wonderful and benign government can figure out a way to seperate the two types of "sex offense," I refuse to support any "sex offender" measures. That is a sad state of affairs. I'd like to throw the book at child molestors and rapists and i can't because I'll hit the guy who just walked out of the bar with a full bladder too. Why do i care if he's relieving himself? he went behind the bushes.

p53   October 4th, 2010 9:01 am ET

Are'nt all neighborhoods, by definition, residential?? Wow..another dumb@ss question posed by cnn. I believe some sex offenders should be reassigned, but if a person is say 18, and the other is say, 17 or 16, I don't believe they should suffer under the molestation laws. The age difference is not far enough to constitute a crime. On the other hand, the Mormons that marry their daughters, and cousins should be thrown off a cliff, onto jagged rocks. The laws in the USA, are hypocritical, and sometimes just does'nt make sense when improperly applied.

p53   October 4th, 2010 9:04 am ET

CNN, please break down the demographics, so the "people" can give their honest, and unrelenting views...

p53   October 4th, 2010 9:15 am ET

Come on CNN, my comments have been "awaiting moderation", for censorship for 20minutes now...

p53   October 4th, 2010 9:28 am ET

The molestation laws should be applied equally, across all states, to be effective, and universally accepted. I believe, when you cross the age of 15, you understand what you are getting into, for the most part. Rape is one thing. Being convicted of molestation, by an adult, against a 15, 16, or 17 year old, that consented, is quite another. 15 year olds have been married in the USA, under the law. That is why the States should unify, and ratify a common law, that is universal across all states, of the United States of America. Then, there is no excuse for violator's; no "way out" for offender's; and no problems with extradition (red tape).

kathy   October 6th, 2010 7:57 am ET

dear buchanan

He is a sex offender and should be on the list. Maybe its not fair but him getting a job with that record proves that he knew someone and got a job working for the usa which is not right. Shame on him and the person who gave him that job. Who are you to say that everyone on his route loves him did you speak to each person and if so did they know he has been convicted of a sex crime?

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