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Simi Valley Pedophiles Claim ‘No Trick Or Treating’ Signs Violate Their Civil Rights

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Simi Valley, CA – Halloween restrictions put in place to protect trick or treating children from registered sex offenders prompted a lawsuit. Simi Valley’s new Halloween law bans sexual predators from displaying holiday decorations and outside lighting on their property during the evening of October 31. Released felons on the Megan’s Law website must also post a note which tells children that candy or treats are not available at the home.

A total of 119 registered sex offenders living in the Simi Valley joined in a lawsuit in opposition to the trick or treating ban, claiming that their First Amendment rights are being violated, according to the Los Angeles Times. The convicts maintain that their rights of free speech are being curtailed and that the sign posting mandate singles them out and could ostracize them in their community.

Some of the lawsuit plaintiffs have been convicted of misdemeanors crimes and do not have their names displayed on the Megan’s Law website list, but 67 have been found guilty of more serious sex crimes. Simi Valley police officers do not have records of any crimes involving children taking place during Halloween trick or treating.

Attorney Janice Bellucci represents five registered sex offenders, three of their wives, and two of their children. She noted plans to seek a federal injunction to prevent the city of Simi Valley from enacting the new law during the upcoming Halloween trick or treating event. Bellucci heads the California Reform Sex Offender Laws advocacy group, according to NBC.

Bellucci had this to say about the law which bans registered sex offenders from participating in Halloween activities:

“To us, it’s similar to branding. We can think of what happened in Nazi Germany, where Jews had to appear in public with yellow stars.”

City Attorney Marjorie Baxter called the Simi Valley lawsuit groundless. Comparing the posting of a “no candy” sign on registered sex offender’s doors to the tragic suffering of Holocaust victims garnered angry backlash once the story gained national attention.

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75 Responses to “Simi Valley Pedophiles Claim ‘No Trick Or Treating’ Signs Violate Their Civil Rights”

  1. Amber Gale Mast

    Yes, they absolutely should have too! They have proven that they cannot be trusted around children so then children and parents should be warned about them…

  2. Donna Lee

    Ok the schmuck lawyer:Bellucci is comparing pedophiles to the Jews of nazi germany. That is a step beyond decency. Sorry all you filthy pedophiles, I think you should all be in prison and never let out.

  3. Carla Biggs Bass

    They gave up this right when they were convicted and released as "registered sex offenders".

  4. Stephanie Nichols

    Is it violating their rights to protect the rights of children to not be victimized? This is ridiculous and even more ridiculous is the problem that they will probably win. The Jews in Nazi Germany wore yellow stars (and were horribly persecuted) because of a psychotic dictator….not because they sexually abused children. Makes me ill.

  5. Sharon Kathan Christman

    and to compare them to Jews in Nazi Germany? Please! The Jews did nothing wrong and were branded unfairly…………..you pigs, on the other hand………..the keys should have been thrown away. It is proven that you can't be rehabilitated…………why should anyone else be put in danger? Sorry for your families, but hey, you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas……your choice, not ours.

  6. Rocky Burnham

    screw'em…they 'violated' their right to HAVE civil right when they decided to harass children. Maybe registered sex-offenders should have to report to the local jail on Halloween night, just to make Sure the weasels cannot be around children……or 'operated' on to make sure the can't 'use' children….

  7. Melissa Smylie

    It'll save money just post an officer on the street and BUST THEM as soon as one opens the door. Opening the door PUTS THEM LEGAL DISTANCE TO VIOLATE CONDITIONS OF RELEASE. No children in jail.

  8. Dikkins Little

    Yes, child molesters should be barred from 'trick or treat' sorry but their rights come second to the rights of children not to be raped. If I had my way they would never be off parole if not locked up for life (a second conviction should bring life without parole).

  9. Keith Herbert II

    Lol wow they tried comparing criminal sex offense felons with victim Jewish children – now that is one low class lawyer…..if they were smart they should said they couldn't practice religion freely

  10. Brandi Nardi

    Their rights? What about the rights of the children? What about the life that they stole from the children they hurt? As a survivor, I am absolutely disgusted that anyone like this is allowed back into society, much less given ANY rights at all. These people should be publicly hung; no mercy, no respect – just as you showed those children. What they take from the child they hurt is so much more than any cut or bruise. It's like the ripple-effect of tossing a stone in a lake – it reverberates throughout our whole lives, it doesn't heal and go away like a cut or a bruise. It's a constant battle of self-worth and self-loathing. Forgiving ourselves, our attackers, and trying to move forward is so difficult and someone wants to stand up for their rights? Sick.

  11. Heather Johnson

    I love this idea! Not only should they have to do this in CA, they should have to do it all over the place! I dont think cho-mos should have any rights! THEY chose to hurt babies, no one forced them to do it! Sick b*st*rds!

  12. Gerard Scott Waite

    They are registered sex offenders, and the public should know where they live and shouldn't go to that house. If they don't know they need to look it up. it is public record. I think they should be allowed to set up decorations but on holloween night they should have there lights off. That is for the parents that don't look up the information on where the sex offender lives. Parents need to be involved and know where not to go. Be a parent, be with your kid on Holloween night.

  13. Ashley Hunter

    They should def post signs so when one of the little kids comes up missing then wat they obviously prey on kids to begin with trick ir treating is like a buffet for them to just look watch n plan wat there next move is

  14. Amelia Sivadon

    I actually am going to take the unpopular side and disagree with this law. Not all of the offenders on this list have committed a serious crime and therefore should not be forced to be subjected to this. I would not compare it to the holocaust as holocaust victims are the victims and did not commit any crimes to become branded; however, I do think that this is taking away rights from these people who have already been punished for their crimes. It is up to the parents to ensure the safety of their children, and these people are not going to hurt the kids during this type of event. It causes way too much publicity. I am definitely not saying that sex offenders are in the right, but I think that by having this type of attention called out on their homes it could cause more damage than good. 67 of the people on the list are pedophiles, the others are probably people who made crappy mistakes (i.e. peeing in a park at midnight, 18 year old having consentual sex with 17 year old partner, etc.) Halloween is a holiday where people are meant to have fun! They aren't spending time alone with children, and if they are I just have to say shame on the parents for not watching their kids. When I was little, my parents took me trick or treating or if I went with a group there was always an adult present. Now, I take kids trick-or-treating. I think people have one idea of a sexual predator as a pedophile and that isn't always the case. Regardless of anything it absolutely is a violation of their rights.

    "Those who would give up liberty for security deserve neither" – Ben Franklin.

  15. Maija Kytta

    The Jews were victims as
    the children these peole molested are also victims. Very poor choice of comparison their attorneys used. Sex offenders are not victims and they should have signs in their yards warning as such. It's a law that should be in every state to warn the parents of children as a way to protect them from such people. In Michigan it's a law to be registered on-line. I strongly suggest parents go on the computer when they plan their trick-or-treating route to see which houses they want to avoid.

  16. Matthew Boros

    I think those sick bastards should have to stay inside after work on Halloween. when the sun goes down that night the parole/probation officer should call these pricks hourly and ensure that there is NO contact with children on Halloween night. There should be extra police officers both uniformed and plainclothes detectives to ensure the safety of the children. No excuses. If the pervert opens the door for a kid the cops should arrest the pervert at once

  17. Heather Johnson

    “To us, it’s similar to branding. We can think of what happened in Nazi Germany, where Jews had to appear in public with yellow stars.”.

    Outrageous! Jewish Germans did nothing to deserve branding. All of the people targeted by this law have committed crimes. Don't want to do the time, then don't do the crime.

  18. Fallon Branaman

    I completely agree with you 100% on your post. Not ALL Registered Sex Offenders are Pedophiles. Many have been branded with this stigma because of a misunderstanding that was taken way out of proportion and now have to register for life. I know that there are some RSO out there that have hurt children/Women and men (its not always children mind you) that we need to know about and thats why they make available the websites with RSO's in your area. Just take a step back and think of those who have to register for acts that were not violent and clearly marked because of certain legalities under certain laws.

  19. Shana Rowan

    Horrible reporting. It's doubtful that any of the former offenders in the suit are "pedophiles". And the comments here do an excellent job displaying the poor job legislators and the media have done to educate the public on what a "sex offender" actually is and how dangerous (or not) they are. Most SOs have not offended against children, over a third were children themselves when the crime was committed, and they have the second lowest recidivism rates of all criminals except murderers. It is truly a sad day when society cannot see past the need to hate and avenge and realize they (and their tax dollars) are being taken for a long, fallacy-based, expensive ride.

  20. Stacey Heinzman

    I believe instead of no trick or treater sign they should be required to put up a phedophile lives here sign. You shold have everbeen let out of jail any way.

  21. Jessie Radford

    sorry but sex offenders should be branded. anyone especially children who see them should be able to identify them for what they really are, very sick and violent people. against their civil rights? I'm sorry but they lost that right, when they when they didn't honor their victims right to say "No"!

  22. Kimberlie Tucker

    I
    Believe the safety of all children should prevail over everything else. It is called consequences for your actions.

  23. Michael Musicman Garceau

    Those disgusting pigs think it's against their rights? Are they kidding? What, so they can set another trap and lure those innocents kids? Screw that! Damned fools!

  24. Robbyn Matilsky

    i can't believe what i read. the pedophiles are saying they are being persecuted and comparing themselves to jews in nazi germany. how in the hell did they even come up with that?

  25. Billy Hall

    You are completely right. Too many people instantly believe this law only effects violent offenders or if you read the other comments to this post almost everyone seems to think this law only effects pedophiles. Unfortunately, it doesn't.

  26. Hector Rodriguez

    I know that, as a rule, Americans don't care about facts. From reading the article, Apparently, Simi Valley has NO RECORD, I repeat, NO RECORD of any child being assaulted on Halloween night…EVER. But I can understand the fear… As a father of two boys, I will be accompanying my children as they partake in this tradition, so I really have nothing to fear. It seems that the people that are making a stink are the parents that DON'T intend to accompany their kids and prefer the state to care for them. If there is anything worse is bad parents.

  27. Katina Roberts

    And so u should all have been burned in public….. U have NO rights….. 2 breath,see,or even DARE to fuck n ask for the ability to b near children , our government already gave u freedom U sick BASTARDS don't deserve !!!! I got a trick & a treat for u sons of mothers who should have ABORTED ur asses !!! 2nd amendment !!!!

  28. Luman Wright

    here one part you are overlooking five registered sex offenders, three of their wives, and two of their children.

    Their children are PART of this lawsuit!!!

  29. Luman Wright

    here one part you are overlooking five registered sex offenders, three of their wives, and two of their children.

    Their children are PART of this lawsuit!!!

  30. Luman Wright

    here one part you are overlooking five registered sex offenders, three of their wives, and two of their children.

    Their children are PART of this lawsuit!!!

  31. Luman Wright

    what about the sex offender children ? here one part you are overlooking five registered sex offenders, three of their wives, and two of their children.

    Their children are PART of this lawsuit!!!

  32. Luman Wright

    here one part you are overlooking five registered sex offenders, three of their wives, and two of their children.

    Their children are PART of this lawsuit!!!

  33. Luman Wright

    here one part you are overlooking five registered sex offenders, three of their wives, and two of their children.

    Their children are PART of this lawsuit!!!

  34. Luman Wright

    here one part you are overlooking five registered sex offenders, three of their wives, and two of their children.

    Their children are PART of this lawsuit!!!

  35. Heather Johnson

    No, i am NOT overlooking that. Chemical castration needs to be done to all of them. That way they cannot reproduce to have children who will be punished for the horrible abuses their parent inflicted on others. As for their spouses, if they are going to marry the offenders then they should suffer too. There is NOTHING anyone can say to change my mind, I have suffered through sexual abuse as both a child and an adult. I know the physical and emotional toll it takes on the victim, sex offenders should have absolutely NO rights at all!

  36. Melissa Smylie

    Luman Wright ANY MOTHER who lives with a CHILD RAPING PEDOPHILE OF RECORD DOES NOT DESERVE THEIR CHILDREN. Pedophiles have NO CONTACT w/ children orders when sentence and WIVES WHO DO NOT FEAR FOR CHILDREN, THEIRS OR OTHERS ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM.

  37. Melissa Smylie

    Luman Wright ANY MOTHER who lives with a CHILD RAPING PEDOPHILE OF RECORD DOES NOT DESERVE THEIR CHILDREN. Pedophiles have NO CONTACT w/ children orders when sentence and WIVES WHO DO NOT FEAR FOR CHILDREN, THEIRS OR OTHERS ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM.

  38. Melissa Smylie

    Luman Wright ANY MOTHER who lives with a CHILD RAPING PEDOPHILE OF RECORD DOES NOT DESERVE THEIR CHILDREN. Pedophiles have NO CONTACT w/ children orders when sentence and WIVES WHO DO NOT FEAR FOR CHILDREN, THEIRS OR OTHERS ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM.

  39. Melissa Smylie

    Luman Wright ANY MOTHER who lives with a CHILD RAPING PEDOPHILE OF RECORD DOES NOT DESERVE THEIR CHILDREN. Pedophiles have NO CONTACT w/ children orders when sentence and WIVES WHO DO NOT FEAR FOR CHILDREN, THEIRS OR OTHERS ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM.

  40. Melissa Smylie

    Luman Wright ANY MOTHER who lives with a CHILD RAPING PEDOPHILE OF RECORD DOES NOT DESERVE THEIR CHILDREN. Pedophiles have NO CONTACT w/ children orders when sentence and WIVES WHO DO NOT FEAR FOR CHILDREN, THEIRS OR OTHERS ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM.

  41. Melissa Smylie

    Luman Wright ANY MOTHER who lives with a CHILD RAPING PEDOPHILE OF RECORD DOES NOT DESERVE THEIR CHILDREN. Pedophiles have NO CONTACT w/ children orders when sentence and WIVES WHO DO NOT FEAR FOR CHILDREN, THEIRS OR OTHERS ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM.

  42. Melissa Smylie

    I WOULD ABSOLUTELY NOT WANT TO HAVE A PEDOPHILE LOOKING, DROOLING AND GETTING A STIUFFIE WHILE PUTTING POSSIBLY CONTAMINATED CANDY IN MY CHILD'S HANDS w/o KNOWING WHO THEY ARE.

  43. Sharon Kathan Christman

    If the wives are stupid enough to stay….I am sorry for the families, but if you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas……if they stay with a pedophile, they should expect to be equated with them…

  44. Amber Gale Mast

    Good, I am glad that 95% will not reoffend again. But, it is the same as with a junkie, or an AAA person. They may be on the straight and narrow, they may be doing wonderful…but why would you offer them crack or booze??? Why tempt people with our children. Falling off the junkie or AAA wagon is one thing, falling off the pedophile wagon ruins a child's life. Totally different matter. No I do not believe people should be allowed to treat pedophile as horrible as they do, but I also believe anyone with children deserve to know the dangers their child could possibly be in.

  45. Amber Gale Mast

    Rocky Burnham I absolutely agree, it would be nice to have a way to surgically nuetralize them.

  46. Amber Gale Mast

    Amelia, I can understand your side, and I agree that they should not lump an eighteen year old who had sex with a seventeen yesr consentually or someone who was maybe drunk and peed in a park at night with no kids around, in with actual oedophiles. I think they need to change the definition of pedophile, they need to have two separate crimes for this type of separation of situations. But, I do agree that once you have hurt a child, you have lost your rights. Why should my children be put in danger for the rights of a person who has a problem being around children? I say 'No way' I am not going to harrass the pedophile, but I will certainly know who to keep my children away from. How would you like it if a rapist moved in next door to you and you weren't notified? Those repercussions could be really bad. Wouldn't you rather know to avoid that person? Or to at least be a little more on guard around them?

  47. Amber Gale Mast

    I am not self rightious, if I had done soemthing to a child I would expect people to want to keep their children away from me. I am not including people who pee in a park or underage sex, I am talking about true pedophiles. DO NOT judge me as a bad mother?! I am a good mother because I care that my children NEVER have to live through what I lived through. It happened to me, I have to see and speak to the person who did it to me everytime my family gets together. I did not turn him in because I am a CHristian and chose instead to forgive him. He has never done it again and all I do is make sure my children are never alone with him. How dare you say that us mothers deserve something bad to happen to us just because we care about our children being hurt. Grow up!!!

  48. Amber Gale Mast

    Gerard, I absolutely agree. There are sites for every city in the USA, that have all registered sex offenders listed and where they live. You better believe I have emails sent to me every time someone on that list moves to within a mile of my home and school. And Hector, parents do not send their children out trick or treating alone, at least not responsible ones. The ones who do should really be evaluatng how much they truly care for their children. Children need to be protected…

  49. Amber Gale Mast

    Robbyn Matilsky probably the lawyers wording. Anything for sensationalism.

  50. Melissa Smylie

    Luman Wright You keep praying and reading that BIBLE Because really it dont make a SHIT of a difference to the countless children RAPED and BEATEN by these BABY RAPING MAGGOTS. THESE KIDS DONT JUST RECOVER BECAUSE the abuser completed PRISON sentence. These innocent children will suffer for the rest of their lives and the BABY RAPERS should stay in JAIL for as long as thier VICTIMS ARE ALIVE

  51. Melissa Smylie

    Luman Wright I suppose that you are close personal friends with the 95% which allows you to be an expert on all their motives you take them into your house to baby sit your lil grand child see how that works for you. Makes me wonder if your not one of them baby raping scum bags the way you defend them….

  52. Amber Gale Mast

    I didn't turn him in because the law had timed out. I had suppressed it from my childhood and until I had therapy I didn't remember. Once I did, the only thing I could do was forgive and avoid.

  53. Fallon Branaman

    Im glad that you are open minded enough to realize that not ALL RSO are preditors :) and I agree that they should redefine the term of a pedo and the lingering effect of having to Register for a non violent crime. Its kind of a lose-lose situation at this point right now until something can be done to correct this for those who have not committed or even been convicted of a horrible sexual crime. Until that time comes, those who have to live with this need to be a little understanding that yes they are not a preditor, but they infact have to live as such because of the black and white labels of the law. Thank you for posting your open minded opinion.

  54. Fallon Branaman

    Melissa- That is a horrible judgement to make not knowing the individual. He may have a son, son in law or even a daughter that like we have stated before made a bad judgement call as a young teen (NOT HAVING RAPED A BABY as you so colorfully put it) and was slapped with this stigma. I hope that your ignorance can be lightened by the fact that the law isnt perfect, neither are you. Shame on you.