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Level 3 sex offender hopes public registry will end for the rehabilitated

From MyNorthwest.com: A Level 3 registered sex offender hopes that one day the law will change, and he doesn’t have to be a publicly registered sex offender for the rest of his life.
When you force a person to be registered as a sex offender is the reaction of the offender, ‘what do I have to lose?’ Erik Mart tells 97.3 KIRO that while he hasn’t had a problem re-offending, he has heard some have that reaction of desperation.
Mart says that the public registry makes it difficult for offenders who have been rehabilitated to carry on with a normal life. “It’s extremely difficult to find a job and housing and to have a good relationship, all the things that make stability for a person.”
He said he’s been judged by the community he lives in, but wishes people would put the shoe on the other foot. “A person is more than the mistakes they make. If we were all judged by our mistakes we’d all be in trouble […] People perceive that sex offenders are not human,” he says, “I’m as human as anyone else […] I would like to live a good life.
According to Mart, the registry is an ongoing punishment. “My registry is for my lifetime, but I’m hoping that one day it will be removed.” He says that if he’s demonstrated he’s rehabilitated that he’d like to no longer be forced to publicly register since he’s not a risk to the community.
Mart said he went through sex offender treatment that included group therapy and polygraph testing. Additionally, Mart said he believes that those at risk to re-offend, usually aren’t a risk to the community, because they’re still locked up. “People that are very severe usually stay in prison.”
This article failed to mention what offense Erik committed so had to look it up.  From an article in The Stranger in 2007:
Erik Mart is writing a novel about his life as a sex offender.  The young man in the novel starts drinking heavily after the women reject him, heading to seedier bars that will serve a man who’s drunk on arrival. He begins introducing himself to “any woman available, any woman that seemed the least bit attractive.” A bartender finally cuts him off.
He stumbles home, to an apartment he’s sharing with a woman he met through an ad in the LA Weekly. The young man—the fictional Mart—grabs a beer from the refrigerator. “I don’t know how the thoughts began exactly,” the young man in the novel narrates. “I was thinking about my beautiful roommate. I was looking at her bedroom door. I was thinking there was still a chance for some action after all.”  He sets the beer down and heads for her bedroom.
“Warm light fell over her bed as I opened her door quietly. The sheets were tangled, bunched up around her. Her smooth, tanned legs were protruding from the covers.
“Had I been forthright, things might have worked out. Had I been brave enough to simply knock on her door and tell her the truth—that I was profoundly lonely, profoundly drunk, and profoundly hopeful of sleeping with her that evening—everything could have turned out different.
“Instead, I went to the foot of her bed, dropped to my knees in erotic worship, and began gently kissing her thigh. It was a moronic way to ask for attention. No more than a heartbeat passed before she woke, bolted upright, and screamed loud enough to wake the whole building.”
Mart was charged with sexual battery, pleaded guilty on the advice of his public defender, and was sentenced to a year in the Los Angeles County jail. With that, Mart became a convicted sex offender, a broad designation whose meanings, and attendant consequences, have been in considerable flux in America over the last few decades.
When Mart was found guilty of sexual battery in California, he received a punishment typical of the era before laws named after abducted and murdered children. He served his time in the Los Angeles County jail and then left, without a label attached to him or an announcement by the government, and without a duty to register his future addresses with the authorities. He wasn’t given a classification level—1, 2, or 3—based on his perceived risk of reoffending. He was a free man.  He headed to Colorado.
In May of 1997, Mart started to become friendly with a woman in the apartment building he managed. She had him over for dinner one evening, and after dinner, he says, he gave her a brief back massage. Nothing overtly sexual happened, and the woman made it clear to Mart that she had a boyfriend. Nevertheless, he became “a bit obsessive” about her. He would look in her window to see if she was home. One day, drunk, he stood under an open stairway, positioned so that he could look up her skirt as she walked above him.  “I probably seemed pretty creepy to her,” he says.
Not long after that, Mart let himself into the woman’s apartment late at night, using his manager’s key. He says he was drunk, and thought she would respond positively. “I was turned on by the boldness of it,” he told me. “The passion that would ensue by taking a big chance, and maybe getting a big payoff.” The woman called the police.
Mart was charged with attempted sexual assault, and again pleaded guilty on the advice of his defense attorney. When Mart admitted guilt in a sex crime for his second time, he did so in a new era, the era of stricter federal laws. Thus he ended up, based on his two convictions, with a lifetime duty to register as a sex offender wherever he lived.
Mart claims he never intended to hurt the woman in Denver, whose name has been redacted from public records. “If I’d wanted to do harm,” he told me, “I would have done it.”
But the incident in Denver makes it hard for most people to see Mart in the way he would like to be seen—as a guy with a rough past who just made two bad decisions under the influence of alcohol.
I say too bad for this creep.  You got no sympathies from me. How “brave” he was to go, uninvited, into a woman’s home while drunk hoping for the “big payoff”.  There’s your “payoff” now Erik – a permanently registered sex offender. Actions have consequences.
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0 responses to “Too bad, so sad you creep…

  1. I hope no publisher publishes this creep’s “novel”, and he sure is trying to generate publicity for his book with this coverage by 97.3 KIRO.

     
  2. Guess what? The victims have to live with what was done for the rest of their lives, too. Predators who whine about the consequences of their actions are cowards on too many levels to count. Yeah, I’d like to have a normal, happy life, too, but these damn flashbacks make it tough.

     
  3. Erik Mart is already addressing his problem, he is writing a book which is an excellent way to find out about himself, providing he is portraying meanings and not just words. I would imagine millions of people have had similar situations particularly if they like to party hearty on the weekends and wind up in bed with someone they had never seen before. Erik just needs to get his act together and try some old fashioned common sense next time, it works for me!

     
    • Really? Sex offender “Erik just needs to get his act together”?
      And “it works for” you? You’re a sex offender, too? No wonder I’ve banned you from this site.

       
    • Heard this guy on radio…he’s just promoting himself and playing the victim.
      Nothing normal about letting himself into the woman’s apartment late at night using his manager’s key. It’s called breaking and entering – a crime. Then what he did after that crime is commit another by physically touching this woman without her permision.
      You seem to make light of him attacking women. Not cool…

       
    • Dude you got some serious Issues.

       
  4. As a health care provider and a woman, I was encouraged to read Erik Mart’s blog and see how he has broken the cycle of abuse personally (he himself was a victim of sex abuse) and is helping other men in his community do the same. Are we going to nourish healing here or continue to feed the illness?

     
    • I’m all for healing….but it would have been more admirable had he decided to seek counseling for his sexual abuse BEFORE he decided to attack innocent women.
      So he plays his sexual abuse victim story yet states he wants to be seen “as a guy with a rough past who just made two bad decisions under the influence of alcohol.” So which is to blame? The alcohol or his sexual abuse? Doesn’t fly with me.
      And if he truly wants to heal and repent for attacking these women, he’d man up and accept the consequences of the legal system – that he’s now a level 3 sex offender. Actions have consequences.

       

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