Sunday, August 31, 2014
SOMETHING SHOULD BE DONE WITH OUR BACK GROUND CHECK, NOT GOOD ENOUGH.YOUR GRANDKIDS AND OLDER ARE AT RISK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
To whom it may concern:
I recently discovered a situation here in Century Village that caused me a great deal of concern. While doing research for a presentation on child sexual abuse I discovered that there are registered sex offenders living right here in the village. On further investigation I discovered that at least three offenders living here who were convicted of crimes against minors. Two of them for child pornography, which is an indication that the person is in fact a child molester as they are known to possess this kind of material, and one person convicted of some kind of molestation against a child in Broward County.
I brought these concerns to representatives of UCO ( Dom Guarmagia and Ed Black) at their offices on 8/28/2014. Their answer was that there was nothing they could do as the named offenders had completed their sentences and have been released into society as rehabilitated and have a right to reside wherever they like. On further questioning about the security checks that are a requirement for residency in Century Village . They replied that they had no jurisdiction and that it is the decision of the building association to accept or deny an application.
They further stated that there are in fact six offenders of this type living here.
This is a concern not to be taken lightly. We have many vulnerable elders living here , Do not make the mistake of believing that these types of predators are solely interested in children . In fact most child molesters are not pedophiles. Most are classed as situational offenders.
A situational sex offender is an opportunist who engages in misconduct when a situation develops or exists that makes the abuse possible. Situational molesters may engage in a wide range of abusive behaviors with individuals of all ages and do not fit any single profile. What they share in common is the willingness to engage in sexual misconduct given the opportunity. They may use force or coerce their victims, be indiscriminate concerning whom they molest, and act completely on impulse.
In light of this information I have to ask if UCO is perpetrating an extreme disservice to the residents who they profess to protect. I and many others residing here are under the misconception that thorough investigations are being performed to filter out people who may pose a threat to others. I am certain that not one person who has applied for residency here is aware of this gaping hole in our security , For the most part they have been lulled into a false sense of security by the perpetration of a myth by UCO and it's apparent security checks. I for one would have never agreed to live here and pay a fee for a service that is at best ineffective and at worst downright dangerous.
There is no legal recourse to force these people from our midst. However the best weapon in our arsenal is to expose them for what they are and what they have done. Usually this results in the molesters moving away .
The molesters among us may get shamed into moving away, but it still leaves Century Village open and vulnerable to others who may arrive in the future, and does not answer the question of how many other criminals who have engaged in serious crimes are among us at this time.
We as a people who care for the safety and welfare of others have a duty to act for the peace and security of all.
Yours in Service
A Concerned Villager