Parents Turn to Police When Daughters Have Sex

Branded for Life

Davis was convicted of sexual contact and risk of injury to a minor. He's on the Connecticut sex offender registry right there along with Douglas Simmons who kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered a 6-year-old (the details of the murder conviction don't appear on the registry because of a plea deal in his home state) and James Sullivan who sexually assaulted a handicapped woman. Looking at the registry, it's tough to know how Davis is different from those dangerous men. And, Davis says, some people look at him like he's a pervert.

"They come across as if I were sitting in the bushes in the park waiting for someone to walk by," he said. "They don't understand I was in a relationship with a girl in high school."

The police warn his neighbors that he's a sex offender and vigilantes make sure his neighbors know. "They'll print out copies of my page from the registry. They'll drive around the neighborhood, throw it out the windows," he said.

Today Davis is a volunteer firefighter. He used to dream of working full time as a firefighter, but because he's a registered sex offender, he says he'll never get that job, even though he's certified.

"I can't become a paid firefighter," he said. "I can't even apply at some places because they ask you before they even give you an application. They see it on the applications and it doesn't go any farther than the hiring process. I get put into a basket and put [by] the wayside."

Putorti has little sympathy for Davis, who he says should have stayed away from Alexis when he told him to. And, he says, having Davis arrested was just what his daughter needed.

"Wasn't something I wanted to do, and it wasn't something I'm proud that I did, in a way. But looking back on it, I don't regret having done it, either," he said. "The proof's in the pudding, really. She went back and really knuckled down in high school and graduated."

Putorti says the statutory rape law saved his daughter. "Oh yeah. No question," he said.

And Alexis agrees. "I think this is a good law for these situations. If Jeff had gone to jail, I would have thought that was way harsh," she said.

'It's Really Ruined Everything'

While Putorti is glad he intervened, Bill Howey, who took similar actions, has regrets about wielding the force of law.

He was furious when he learned his 14-year-old daughter Brenda had slept with 18 year-old Jonathan Evans. "Within 12 hours after I found out, we had him arrested," said Howey. He called the police because he had been told erroneously that Brenda had been raped.

"I was an equal partner in everything," Brenda said. She denied that Evans pressured her into it.

But that didn't matter because it was a crime, even if consensual. Evans pleaded guilty to a lewd and lascivious act with a child under 16, was placed on the Florida sex offender registry and went to jail for a year.

As a sex offender, Evans was not popular with fellow inmates. Other prisoners threatened to kill him. "Everybody perceives you as, you know, you're messing with little girls. And you're just a dirty, sick person that should be shot," he said.

Because he was in jail, Evans couldn't finish high school. And as a registered sex offender, he can't join the Army.

"That was my lifelong dream, to be in the military," he said. "[But the] U.S. Army doesn't want some kind of sex offender in their Army. There's no room for that. It's really ruined everything."

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