|About Derek W. Logue of Once Fallen
("The Fallen One")
(Read more about me in my book Once Fallen)
I have been an activist since 2004, fighting for the rights of registered
citizens ("sex offenders"). I am also on the registry. In 1999, I made a
mistake-- I kissed an underage girl. She was somebody I knew, and I
knew better. I am what you call a "situational offender." I was arrested
in 2000 and convicted in 2001 (I sat in jail a full year before my
conviction.) I served 37 months of a six year sentence in an Alabama
State Prison, and was released in April 2003. I never chose to become an activist, but after I spent years in vain laying low, working and
paying bills, and bothering no one, I was targeted by local politicians determined to use registrants like me to further their careers. I was
forced out of one residence formerly pre-approved by the authorities, and had to fight to keep my second residence. My activism was
inspired by my struggle to survive.
I am not against punishment for people who commit sex crimes. However, I believe punishment should be coupled with prevention and
rehabilitation programs. I have lived under these laws for over a decade, and I have experienced the social ostracism, the denial of
housing and employment services, and harassment that is common to those on the registry. My first taste of online activism came in 2004
through a defunct website called "sexcriminals.com." My fellow activists have helped me through some tough times over the years. Today,
I fight to bring wholesale reforms of America's sex offender laws, including abolishing residency restrictions, the public registry, and
community notification, as well as promote programs that emphasize education and prevention of sexual abuse programs. Healing for
both victims and offenders should be emphasized.
I created this site to help educate the public as well as assist my fellow activists. In 1999, before my arrest, I earned a Bachelor's in
Justice Studies from Athens State University (in Athens, AL). I bring a decade of practical and research experience on the subject of sex
offender laws. Over the years, Once Fallen has become recognized as a leading source of factual information on sex offender laws.
Registrants, counselors, lawyers, and even law enforcement officials have utilized the information here. I have made many media
appearances to help further the cause.
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In 2007, I received a partial pardon from the state of Alabama in recognition of my rehabilitation. I have been "free" for over a decade
without a single accusation or suspicion of re-offense. There is hope for redemption, even for those with the label "sex offender."
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