Last Updated on May 20, 2020
On Tuesday, National File reported on the story of James Fairbanks, who shot a convicted child sex offender to death in Omaha, Nebraska on April 14 and sent a press release entitled “Stop Predators” to news organizations. Now, a sex offender is reportedly calling state senators pleading that the sex offender registry be made unavailable to private citizens.
James Fairbanks used the sex offender registry to locate Matteo Condoluci and shot the convicted predator dead at his home after reportedly observing Condoluci “staring” at children playing in the street.
A registered sex offender using the pseudonym “Jay” has expressed concern to local news outlet KETV Newswatch 7 that “we’re sitting ducks,” and vigilantes will begin perpetrating copycat killings in Fairbanks’ wake using the Nebraska state sex offender registry.
Jay is a registered sex offender. He’s worried the homicide will encourage vigilante crimes.
“You don’t go out there and take it into our own hands and murder and take the life of somebody else because you weren’t happy with the judgement that was made,” he said.
The sex offender also lamented that Condoluci “doesn’t have the opportunity to speak for himself now,” and has been reportedly calling the offices of state senators to lobby against the sex offender registry being available to private citizens:
“Nebraska does not need a public-shaming website where people are put on there to be gunned down. Where people are there to be publicly shamed for the rest of their lives without a way of redeeming themselves,” he said.
He argues the sex offender registry should be for law enforcement only.
“The safety of which the registry was built on is no longer safe. It’s no longer safe for the community, it’s no longer safe for the families of those who have registered,” Jay said.
National File reported last December on another story where a man used the sex offender registry to punish pedophiles:
Jason Vukovich, 43, was imprisoned for 23 years, February 2018, for a string of assault and robbery charged.
It was later revealed, however, that all of Vukovich’s victims were pedophiles.
Vukovich believed himself to be an “avenging angel seeking justice,” but won’t be released on parole until serving at least six years behind bars.
Vukovich, who was also a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of his stepfather when he was a child, states that he now takes “full responsibility for his actions” and signals that his crime spree–in spite of the nature of the victims–was not worth the punishment.
All the crimes took place during a five-day rampage where he used his state’s local sex offender registry list to hunt pedophiles, in June 2016.
One of the victims was reported knocked out with a hammer and had his truck and laptop stolen.
The sex offender registry itself has been an issue of some controversy recently, as feminist activists have lobbied to have men accused by women of having regretful consensual sex placed on the registry alongside rapists and child predators.