I have a question. My friend is on the sex offender registry for an issue 10 years ago. his son's mother opened a

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Customer: Hello! I have a question. My friend is on the sex offender registry for an issue 10 years ago. his son's mother opened a custody lawsuit against him (although pre-dates his son being born!). she has had another spread his registry picture over social media saying he is "convicted" and people are encouraging others to hurt him (commenting pix of blood slides, threating to beat him up if they see him, creating hashtags on social media like #killyourlocalpedophile). The issue is, he is not "convicted" per se. He was arrested in 2019 for an allegation in 2013 with a 17yr old girl who was an obsessed fan of his band. his son's mother ran with her pending custody case. willing to do ANYTHING for his son, he took a plea deal, so that he could get in the family court. my question is, DPS says anyone who uses any information on the SOR website to inure, harass, or for any other unlawful purpose, may be subject to criminal prosecution or civil liabilty. is there ANYTHING he can do? he is afraid to call law enforcement because he is on probation. he is afraid he has no grounds for civil action, but he has ALL the proof...he feels his hands are tied because he is in the middle of a pending family law matter in may, set for a week long jury trial (mind you, NOT a cps case..an independent lawsuit brought on by his son's mother). He is afraid NO one will listen (becase they haven't) simply because of his charge and taking a plea. he had no choice. he couldn't fight for his son behind bars, or risk a trial. but, now all THIS is happening! I NEED to help my friend. I need to help his son! Please, any ideas?
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I am sorry to hear about the situation. A person can be convicted if he pleads guilty to a crime. A conviction is public record and may be publicized. If another person is threatening him or is inviting other people to threaten him, the situation can be reported to the police. The person making threats can also be responsible for damages in civil court for doing so. Also, a cease and desist letter from a local attorney can often achieve the desired results without litigation. While the rules of the site prevent experts from representing customers of the site, these sites are often used to find a local attorney: www.SuperLawyers.com and www.Lawyers.com. A pro bono attorney can send a demand letter and represent at no charge.

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