An Indiana sheriff, along with U.S. Marshals, and Crime Stoppers are in the hot seat with local residents after blasting a sex offender’s picture all over the community.
What’s the problem you ask?
The guy’s dead. Deader than a door nail. For over a year.
U.S. Marshals, Crime Stoppers and the Marion County, Indiana, sheriff’s department have launched a joint effort this holiday season to arrest known sex offenders who’ve failed to register as such. The names and faces of at least 40 offenders have been flashed across three electronic billboards as part of the increased initiative, according to local media.
But one of the offenders, Jeffery Schmidt, won’t be going to jail anytime soon. That’s because he died last year.
“I don’t feel like that’s right, They shouldn’t have put that up, they should have had that checked out before they did this,” Schmidt’s mother, Betty Smith, told WXIN-TV.
As a mother trying to move past her son’s death, Smith said she was reminded of all the memories when she saw a photo of him depicted as a man on the run.
“That’s their mistake, they need to follow up on that,” she said.
Authorities pretty much just shrugged their shoulders and said, “It was just one that got through.”
While this definitely was a huge mistake and better attention to detail and research is needed in the future when dealing with this kind of thing, I, for one, am not going to lose a whole lot of sleep over a sex offender getting accidentally dissed by the cops.
Sex offenders, particularly those who harm children, are the scum of the earth, right along with radical Muslim terrorists, so it’s hard for me to feel any kind of sympathy for a vile person who commits such heinous acts against a child.
On the flip side, this dude, regardless of how despicable he might have been, was still someone’s son, and as such, those involved in the goof up should personally and privately issue his mother a sincere apology.