In 2013, Scott Verbout was convicted of luring a minor over the Internet and became a registered sex offender. Verbout knows he made a terrible mistake, but even though there was no victim, and Verbout believed he had been entrapped by the police officer who arrested him, he was still convicted under current sex offense laws.
This experience became the basis for the eBook "Enduring Shame: A Sex Offender's Journey Through America's Legal System," a first-person account detailing Verbout's arrest and conviction, as well as his life on probation as a registered sex offender. Verbout, who previously wrote "An Asperger Journey: My Lifelong Battle With Autism," also reveals how having Asperger's syndrome, a socially debilitating form of autism, contributed to his being in this unfortunate position.
In addition to documenting his own case, Verbout offers a blistering rebuke of the country's legal system. Using the assessments of both legal experts and mental-health professionals, Verbout paints a picture of a legal system run amok, and gives frightening examples of how current sex offense laws have been abused by law enforcement and how those laws need to be reformed. Verbout also hopes that by pointing out the injustices that occurred in his own case, his criminal conviction can be thrown out, and he provides information for anyone who would like to get involved.
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The author of this book was diagnosed as having Asperger's. He put an ad on Craig'S List to have sexual chats with "younger women" online. Someone responded who claimed to be a 14 year old girl. So he sent her some pictures of the x-rated variety. The author arranged to meet the girl in a park. He says he did not bring a condom. He changed his mind about meeting her and he was arrested after turning his car around. He received legal consequences for his actions in accordance to the laws of his state. The man appears not to understand that he should not have corresponded with someone saying that she was 14 in the first place-- nevermind sending her dirty pictures through e-mail. As expected, there is a bit of whining and self-justification in the book. Aspies are usually very conscious of rules and laws. Surely the guy had to know that he ought not to engage in sex talk of any kind with any 14 year old. The professionals in the book were portrayed as mean and petty. That a shrink would remark to a secretary that he wants to"retard proof" something is horrid. On the other hand, I found the sending of porno pictures through e-mail (especially to someone who plainly stated that she was not an adult) to be reprehensible. That the adolescent turned out to be a police officer does not lessen the crimes that he committed. The author was not falsely accused of something. He was guilty of criminal actions from the moment he e-mailed the cop who was pretending to be 14. I can understand why the author was legally barred from both fakebook and twitter. There are those that want to sexually assault teens on both sites as well as teens themselves. The author did not have sex with teens but sex crimes-- like other criminal behavior-- do escalate over time. By supervising the author in the community, his likelihood of sending sexually explicit photos or raunchy e-mails to teens lessen. It is highly likely that his arrest prevented his committing any future crimes against teens. The writing itself was adequate. The book has some value in demonstrating the excuses that sex offenders use to justify their actions.