In this column the writer is organizing her 30th elementary school reunion. One of the people she would invite is a registered sex offender for a sexual offense 13 years ago. What the writer knows is that the sex offender received probation and no record of any other crime. She presents her dilemma: “Should I invite him? Make the event adults only? Inform others of his offense?”
The Ethicist responds: “Do nothing. It’s often the best thing.” His thinking is based upon good data that most sexual offenders do not reoffend, that the crime was committed many years ago without any recorded re-offense, and that the sentence at the time was fairly light.
Please read the posting and let me know what YOU think. I don’t want to bias your response but I promise to post my own reaction tomorrow. In the meantime, I would love to hear what you have to say.