When you think of sex offenders, you rarely think of attractiveness or appeal. For many people, this would be the absolute last thing on their mind. But a writer for the Houston Press Blogs decided it would be a good idea to publish a story on the “10 Hottest” female sex offenders in Texas.
Richard Connely wrote on Thursday “We combed through 15 of the biggest counties in Texas and came up with the ten hottest women in the database.” And sure enough, he posted their photos, names, cities, crime, and the age and gender of their victims.
The first one on the list—a woman convicted of sexual assault against a 14 year old female. Another—indecency with a 4 year old boy– hardly the sort of qualities you look for in a mate and certainly not the kind of background that is found attractive in the least. .
It took less than 24 hours for Connely to write an apology. He claims the piece was written to show that sexual predators don’t always fit the stereotype. They aren’t always bearded men with thick glasses in a van. No, they are “hot” women too.
In his apology he says it was not his intention at all to glamorize child rape. He claims to have not even realized it would be portrayed that way, feeling his intent should have been obvious. He does say his intention was to “shock” but “in a good way” and apologizes for offending people.
One can’t help but think what the difference would have been had the article portrayed men. Oh, that wouldn’t have happened. Because despite these horrible crimes that the women on the “hot” list committed, they are still seen as sexual beings (capable of being attractive), an interesting double standard.
Either way, the post wasn’t well thought out. Had Connelly gone with a less sensational headline he may have avoided at least some of the backlash for his article. But in an admitted effort to gain “clicks” he knew “10 Hottest” and “Sex Offenders” together in one line would garner him some serious attention.
When you are accused of a sex offense (particularly against a child), you will face immeasurable disdain from the public and even people you consider friends. This is, strangely so, even truer when you are a man. Finding someone to take your side and stand up for your rights can be difficult at a time like this. A local defense lawyer can help.
If you are facing charges of a sexual nature and need an advocate in your corner, contact our offices today for a free initial consultation on your case.