Yesterday, I discussed a convicted child molester who, after violating his parole and going on the lam for about a year, was caught and returned to Massachusetts — where he was given another ten years of probation. Today, the Boston Globe still doesn’t seem to think it’s newsworthy, but the Herald is continuing its coverage — with news that Mr. Wheeler/Qadeer had brought suit against the Bay State in 2004 fighting those terms he is accused of violating.
Wheeler/Qadeer — who not only molested children as young as five, but videotaped it — said his First Amendment rights of religion and association were being violated by the restrictions. He wanted to freely visit and even live in a mosque, where he would have virtually unfettered access to children. The state — in a rare display of common sense — said that he could go to services as often as he liked, but under no circumstances was he to have unsupervised access to kids.
That’s apparently what motivated Wheeler/Qadeer to move to Florida, where he did precisely what he sought Massachusetts’ permission to do. And he did that for about a year before authorities caught up with him.
Only to see him let loose on parole yet again.
(I’ve mentioned the web site Map Sex Offenders a couple times before, but it’s worth repeating. It’s a site that combines state sex offender records with Google Maps to provide readers with details on registered sex offenders in almost any neighborhood in the United States. They currently cover 41 states and the District of Columbia, with plans to add another five by July. Pennsylvania has partial maps available, while South Dakota, Utah, and Vermont don’t make such records public.)