Being placed on Georgia’s sex offender registry does not guarantee a rapist or child molester won’t strike again, according to Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader.
Today’s manhunt for an armed and dangerous sex offender is another example. Sheriff’s investigators are looking for 64-year-old George Walter Presley, of Summerville. He is accused of luring a woman having car troubles to his home. He then drugged her and raped her for days, according to Sheriff Mark Schrader.
Presley’s case isn’t the only one.
“People will re-offend no matter what the charge. The majority of our jail is filled with people that are reoffending. But these sex crimes are very serious. They are a different ballgame to me,” the sheriff said.
Ever crime has a victim. Sexual assault victims, however, carry the emotional trauma of being attack for the rest of their lives, the sheriff said.
“You are always a victim or at least it stays with you for life,” the sheriff said.
Jonathan Tyrone Wooten, 31, a registered sex offender, was just arrested at the end of May for molesting another child victim.
Georgia’s sex offender registry has Wooten listed as living at the Summerville Motel in Gore. Having no way of washing clothes, Wooten was invited to a Summerville home to clean his clothes. That is where he found his next victim, an 11-year-old child, according to Sheriff Schrader.
“. . . [Wooten] committed an immoral and indecent act with a juvenile, which included the act of sodomy, to arouse or satisfy the desires of either the child or the person,” Chattooga County Sheriff’s Investigator Jason Burrage stated.
Wooten was charged with child molestation and aggravated child molestation, according to jail reports.
This is the second time he’s been arrested for child molestation. The first time happened in Jan. 2009 in Floyd County. He was convicted in 2011 on one count of aggravated child molestation and was put on the sex offender registry in March 2011.
Wooten’s case is not rare.
Register sex offender Jamey Paul Burrage, 37, faces multiple child molestation counts in Georgia and Mississippi. He was on both state’s registry after admitting to raping a 13-year-old local girl in 2000. The courts gave him 10 years probation for statutory rape.
Then in April, investigators accused him of molesting three children here and another in Mississippi.
“I don’t know how many victims they are in Mississippi. But I know we’ve got three victims here,” the sheriff previous said.
The sex offender registry is just a tool for the public, according to Schrader. It won’t stop child molesters or child porn addicts from committing more crimes.
“The registry is in place for the public. It’s to help parents keep their families clear of these folks,” the sheriff said. ” I think that [sex offenders repeating their crimes] is not an isolated problem. I think sex offenders reoffending happened in other places, not just in Chattooga County.”
The sheriff said he wasn’t too sure of a solution, except keeping people in jail. He does not put too much trust in mental counseling for sex offenders.
The sheriff makes a distinction among sex crime offenders. His two groups of sex offenders are the “situational” offenders and the “preferential.”
The situational offenders can be young adults who date someone close to their age, but still considered a minor. The “preferential offenders,” are attracted to children and seek them out, according to Schrader.
“They truly have problems. My opinion is they need to be in jail,” the sheriff said.