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August 22, 2008

Should a naked jogging priest be labelled a sex offender?

Thanks to this post by Corey Yung, I came across this commentary piece, headlined "The dilution of a sex offender: Making the term apply to non-sex-offenders a scary proposition."  Here is a section of the piece that prmopts the question in the title of this post:

This week, a court declined to downgrade the conviction of Rev. Robert Whipkey, 53, to a petty offense of public indecency.  Whipkey, a Catholic priest who has been on administrative leave from the archdiocese since his arrest, was charged with indecent exposure after being caught running naked around the Frederick High School track last June.

It was 4:30 a.m. The witness was an off-duty police officer, who followed the man home, and confronted him there.

This week, a judge ruled that the conviction was constitutional. "Given the nature of sex offenders and the risk they pose to the community, the court finds that, for those who knowingly expose themselves to the public, it is reasonable that they are given a higher level of sanctions and registrations," Weld County Judge Timothy Kerns said.

Whipkey will be sentenced in October.  He faces possible jail time and registering as a sex offender.

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And that is not the worst of it. In Utah, you don't even need to be convicted of a sex crime to be on the "Sex Offender" Registry. Simple trespass will do.


I have to wonder at what point in time will these things become an official government blacklist? Indeed, why not connect it with the Terrorist Watch List and create a brand new National List of People Who We Don't Like, Who Dress Strange, and Who Looked at Our Momma Funny.

Posted by: Daniel | Aug 24, 2008 12:32:21 AM

Of COURSE he should be listed on the sex registry! What do you think, he wanted milk and cookies thrown at him while running on the track? His intent was pure LEWDNESS. What would a simple man or woman be charged with if s/he decides to go skipping around in bare nakedness? The sex registry was created for to keep people who can't keep their body parts to themselves.

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Posted by: Jeff Hudson | Oct 15, 2008 3:55:19 PM

not sure about "sex offender" but definately on the "do not fly" list. I mean -- come on.. youre (supposed to be) a priest.

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