Skip to comments.Neighborhood 'Child Rapist' Signs Blamed For Sex Offender's Suicide - cannot alter flyers
Posted on 04/22/2005 9:42:50 PM PDT by Former Military Chick
Residents in a Ocala neighborhood could face charges after a convicted sex offender apparently committed suicide in despair over signs labeling him a "child rapist" posted in his neighborhood, according to Local 6 News.
Clovis Ivan Claxton, 38, who was convicted of sexually assaulting a child in Washington in 1991, had lived at 3230 SE. 45 Street in Ocala for about two years.
Tuesday, Claxton noticed bright yellow, laminated signs displaying his picture, date of birth, address and the words "child rapist" hanging on power poles in his neighborhood. A county commissioner proposed posting such information in the community but Sheriff Ed Dean rejected the idea.
After seeing the signs, Claxton called the sheriff's office and said that he felt "extremely scared and feels that people in the neighborhood are now out to possibly hurt him."
"Once he made these type statements our deputies took this man into custody under the Baker Act law and transported him to a local mental health facility for evaluation," Marion County Sheriff's Capt. Denis Strow said. "He was later released."
Tuesday morning, Claxton's parents found him dead of an apparent overdose with one of the child rapist flyers by his side.
Jane Claxton blames County Commissioner Randy Harris, who proposed the flyers, for her son's death, according to a report.
"Just don't get on the bandwagon," she said. "There's going to be other (deaths) if Randy Harris has his way. He hasn't been in trouble for 18 years, and he's branded for life."
Harris said sex offenders need to take responsibility for their actions.
"I don't blame his death to the signs," he said, adding he was undeterred in his quest to alert people to sex offenders living in their neighborhoods.
Dean said it is an example that police work should be left to authorities.
"We need to keep calm, do the right thing," Dean said. "Not go overboard with it. Protect our children. Use all of the resources we can but not stir a community up to a frenzy."
Claxton's death follows the high-profile arrests of sex offenders in the separate killings of two Florida girls less than seven weeks apart. State lawmakers have responded by passing a bill to require lifetime supervision of some child sex offenders.
State law allows for flyers to be printed and distributed, Local 6 News reported. But, altering the signs or flyers is against the law.
Claxton's address had been added to the top of the flyer along with the words "child rapist."
"It is a violation of the law," Strow said. "And should we find who perpretrated it, I'm sure it is a case that would be reviewed by the state's attorney office to see if they wish to pursue it."
The person responsible for the flyers faces up to 1 year in jail.
The sheriff's office is investigating and an autopsy was scheduled for Friday.
Marion County is located northwest of Orlando and has more than 600 registered sex offenders.
Watch Local 6 News for more on this story.
He was a molester, it is clear of that. He had been arrested in 1991. They do not speak of his criminal record after 91.
Did he do something that warranted all of this activity, or because of events in the past weeks did folks feel they needed to be proactive when it pertains to molesters in their neighborhood.
If in fact that were on witch hunt, and broke the law in the process then they should be accountable. Two wrongs never make a right.
I find it odd, that when he complained to the police there reaction to take him to a mental health facility. He I feel had a valid point to be concerned and from the article tried to have it addressed.
While I personally loath the actions of a molesters or rapist for that matter take no pleasure at all in the death of this man. Especially if he had turned his life around and was never in trouble with the law.
Of course more information is needed, I will re access as info warrants.
Lifetime supervision? Of some of them? I think they ought to just put them all away for life. And if they have killed they should likewise be killed.
We've all felt guilt, if we're human. I can't imagine what a truely contrite person must feel for such a crime. I'd be suicidal too.
I also can't imagine what his victim must have felt.
Don't know what to say about this sort of thing. Pray, is my only advice.
yeah, but: was it suicide, or was he encouraged to OD at gunpoint by some concerned neighbor?
""There's going to be other (deaths)"
Lets hope they all die so our kids can be safe. If these sickos are not a danger,then why do they need to register and why do we need to know where they live?
IMO, he should have been locked up for life when he was proven guilty in 1991.
Then the neighbors would have had nothing to picket. Their children would be safer and the community would be peaceful.
I'm tired of our people having to assume guilt for walking up and down a sidewalk with signs.
A registered sex offender was found dead this morning in Ocala, two days after he told deputies he might hurt himself. 38 year old Clovis Ivan Claxton was convicted in 1991 for a sex offense in Washington state. Marion County Sheriff's Department spokesman Dennis Strowe says he contacted their office on Tueday. He found flyers posted around his neighboorhood containing his information from the Florida Department of Law Enforcemen's Sexual Offender website. Also added to the sheets were teh words "Child Rapist".
Strowe says the man was so upset he threatened to commit suicide. A deputy transported him to a mental health facility under the Baker Act Law. He was later released and returned home, where he was found dead this morning.
Deputies say his parents found him Claxton with one of the flyers next to him. Detectives think a drug overdose may have been involved, but are waiting for an autopsy to reveal the exact cause of death.
Claxton's mother told authorities that her son had attempted to commit suicide before by taking several different pills. Investigators won't officially declare it a suicide until autopsy results come back.
Claxton was convicted in Washington state in 1991 of molesting a 9-year-old girl. He was 20 at the time, but his mother said he was developmentally much younger due to a brain injury.
She said her son required constant care and recently relied on leg braces and a wheelchair.
I agree. My parents live in AZ. They were wondering why child molesters seemed to be popping up everywhere around them. They found out that when the molesters would finish (?) their prisons terms in California they always moved back home with mom.
If justice had been done in the first place, this would never have been an issue. Nevertheless, I would much rather read about a dead child molestor than another dead child.
Where did he get the drugs to OD with? Was he a druggie child rapist?
If the man was a child rapist, the community had a right to know. The rights of the one, when the one is a lawbreaker and a potential threat to the community, cannot outweigh the security needs of the community. As Locke said, when one abandons the law of reason, one puts oneself in the same relation to the community as is a lyon or tyger. The community was formed to protect innocent members from such irrational beasts.
Speeding tickets and child molestation are not analogous offenses.
"I agree. My parents live in AZ. They were wondering why child molesters seemed to be popping up everywhere around them. They found out that when the molesters would finish (?) their prisons terms in California they always moved back home with mom."
Molesters move back in with mom because "mom" will "protect" them. Some moms of molesters are in denial. Some wives are also. But once a person molests another, they never quit. NEVER.
Recent news is saying that molesters should be incarcerated for life. They should wear ankle monitors if ever given parole. None of the above will save them from themselves, or save children from them or from the next batch of predators. The only relief we will have from them is their death.
Even when they are incarcerated, their lives are in danger. They are isolated in a separate area. But even then, they are not "safe". Jeffery Dahmer was a child molester who got his comeuppance in no uncertain terms. His cannibalism was beside the point. He was killed because of what he did to children.
Tell your folks to go to http://www.azsexoffenders.gov, and they will find out how many are nearby. They can then write to the mayor of whatever town they live in and start to DO something!
Both are legal offenses.
What's wrong, don't you want your neighbors to know that you might kill them by driving too fast?
I say let the people decide. I would have a couple tickets and I live a few blocks from a school, so why shouldn't parents know?
Child molestation by definition involves a victim below the age of consent, which means an innocent person. It also involves an adult using force to overpower, or superior knowledge to trick, a younger person. Speeding does not necessarily involve any victim. One would think these things would be self-evident
The love of a good mother is an amazing thing.
When it comes to sex offenders, you are so frighteningly off course that I'm almost afraid to say anything to you. Your help in "prison ministry" immediately puts you in jeopardy.
A sex offender is also a pathological liar. His lies have been formulated before he commits a crime, and they are intricate and involved. A sex offender will tell you "it only happened once" (the one they are in prison for) and they will also tell you that they have "gone to guidance therapy" for it (they haven't because they "don't need it") and they will tell you that prison was a "good experience" for them, but not for the reasons you want to believe.
"Bad judgement" is believing these "people" are capable of "change." They aren't, because they don't want to change. There are no "appropriate ways" to deal with child molesters. Ever. They start when they are young, and they start WITH the young. They use coercion and authority and guilt to achieve their goal of the almighty orgasm, which controls their lives.
If you have girl children, you had better listen up and keep an eye on their every movement. If you have boys, you had better listen twice as hard. Do NOT excuse sex offenders! They are who they are because that is who and what they want to be.
There are no true victimless crimes.
Even crimes against society are crimes.
Again, you've not offered a good retort. Please recheck your position.
Your comparison STINKS. Never known anyone who has been molested have you? You love these molesters so much let them move in where you live.
Amen! The worst ones to watch out for are the ones that caught religion. People should never fall for that lie. Child molesters are master manipulators and will use even the bible to fool people. I am not happy about suicide BUT parents have a right to know in order to protect their children.
"Your comparison STINKS. Never known anyone who has been molested have you? You love these molesters so much let them move in where you live."
I think he needs to rent a room to them, while his little sisters or baby daughters (even sons and brothers) are in the same house. I suspect he will believe the molesters before he believes his own kin.
As we say in Ebonics, "No bettah fo' HIZ ass!"
"Once he made these type statements our deputies took this man into custody under the Baker Act law and transported him to a local mental health facility for evaluation," Marion County Sheriff's Capt. Denis Strow said.
Wow. The "Baker Act Law", huh?
The WORST sex offenders are the ones who use Scriptures of whatever religion they "believe" as a lever against the innocent victims they prey upon.
I have a link somewhere, and as soon as I find it, I will FReepmail it to you, if you aren't online.
A child predator is a child predator. Period.
I do believe in repentance but I also believe in satanic temptation. No one should have their children put at risk.
You are SO misguided. How old are you, and how far did you go in school?
Something tells me you are a troll.
Are you really this naive, or do you JUST NOT GET IT????
A sex offender is a SEX OFFENDER because this is what he WANTS to be. He will lie. He will use every tool at hand, including the Bible, the Talmud, the Quran and any other Scripture he has available to convince a child to "consent" to his sexual advances, and may even go so far as to say the 3 year old neighbor was "asking for it by flirting" with him.
"When you say "His lies have been formulated before he commits a crime" I would only say that virtually every wrong has this at its heart."
Wrong. Most crimes are committed with a minimum of preparation, which is why most of them fail. A sex offender, however, is stealthy and insidious.
"That said, there are responsibilities we must take upon ourselves by keeping an eye on those who have been known to have broken any and every law. For that matter, should we know about other things someone does that are unethical or immoral, I have no problem with shunning such people to encourage behavior modification."
There is no such thing as "behavior modification" for a sex offender because THEY WANT THE ORGASM.
"Let's fashion a punishment that metes out what we expect is appropriate from those who do wrong. And after such is done, let's live our lives remaining vigilant and respectful of any and everyone. Isn't this what allows us "liberty" in the first place?"
What about the "liberty" of the children whose lives have been changed (or eliminated) because of the sex offender? How can a child of two tell her daddy she doesn't want him to do to her what he did the last time he changed her diaper?
You think you have a good argument, but buster, you picked the wrong place to present it. You are ignorant of what constitutes "SEX OFFENDER." I hope your life is such that you never have to find out first hand. May my words never have occasion to haunt you for the rest of your life.
Listen at yourself, you are defending a child molester. Good night. If you have children I hope you keep them safer than you would have us protect ours. Good grief...
Our legislators in Washington State want to protect the privacy of child molestors. As is stands now we know if they are a level I, II, III offender. If they have their way a bill will pass that will prohibit us from knowing their crimes and what level they are assessed at.
In AZ, they are only "online" when they reach Level II. If they are Level III, they can live quietly, unless they move to a "sensitive neighborhood" or commit another crime.
Once they have been imprisoned, however, most sex offenders learn "the tricks of the trade" and when they are released, they are slicker and more dangerous than ever; but they NEVER quit.
In addition, if a person knows his whereabouts are/can be tracked every moment, that will be a determent...geese - they put Martha Stewart in a leg bracelet - like who was she going to hurt?
"We've all felt guilt, if we're human. I can't imagine what a truely contrite person must feel for such a crime. I'd be suicidal too."
Sex offenders feel no guilt. Always remember this.
"I also can't imagine what his victim must have felt."
A sex offender has more than one victim because he starts early and molests whenever there is an opportunity. Many victims are too young to protest.
"Don't know what to say about this sort of thing. Pray, is my only advice."
Prayers will not help the victim (Heavenly Father has taken all this into consideration) and the prayers for the offender are wasted. They don't want the prayers, they don't think they need prayers, and they think the victims they abuse want the "attention."
They don't care. They think they are more clever than anyone else. The smokescreen they have built was begun when the molesters were very young. Public humiliation means nothing to them because "you've got the wrong guy." In prison, they are housed with other sexual offenders who can tell them how to be a little more clever, and a lot more convincing.
I hate to tell you this, but nothing you can do to a sex offender who is on the streets will be convincing enough to make him change his ways. No ankle bracelet in the world will stop a sex offender. It just makes him more clever and inventive in his ways of capturing victims.
It is my personal belief that those that molest or rape children should be judged by those that have been raped or molested as children. There is no such thing as REHAB for these pedophiles and if he was mentally ill, he should have been left in an institution. I'm sorry he took his life, but I'm tired of people caring more about the victimizer than the victims.
And so am I!
I think we should give them a fair trial, take them to the gallows, and shoot them before the noose tightens...but only inflict enough pain to make them suffer, not die.
I hate it when victims have less rights than the perps...but then, God is a Great Equalizer, and all things are revealed in the Refiners Fire...
The sex offenders may "get away with it" on earth, but in Heaven, there is no such thing as "a little guilty' not even when "no one knows." God ALWAYS knows. And he balances the Books!
Do you think God could transform a sex offender?
I had not linked that to his death in that way, if this is an actual theory being tossed about it might have some validity.
He could have just felt so enclosed the only choice to leave this world. There are still many facts missing.
Thanks for the comment.
Hey, if the law said lock him up for the rest of his life I would gladly support it.
The thing is and well I do it to, we offer what we would want and frankly not acknowledging that it is the state legislature, elected officials to make changes.
Because if in fact he was brought to justice, was found guilty, was sentenced, served his sentence and kept his nose clean, isn't that at least some what of a success story? I say that given what we know and the fact that if we want them to be incarcerated for life then let start doing something and not just talking about what we would have liked.
Thanks so much for the comment.
Thank you, and then of course they were justified. I wonder, if all the signs were causing him distress that he not stay with a family member. All though if anyone and I MEAN ANYONE were to picket my home, put signs up, stand on my property they would have a meeting with me and my S and W if you know what I mean.
However, I would notify the cops. Of course that would be if I were in trouble with the law and I am not but I would fight back as much as they gave within the law.
He sounds sadly fragile. I really hope as the news comes out that we are missing some more recent facts that would make the community become so outspoken on this one convicted sex offender.
Thanks as always for your helpful comment.
Oh, my goodness, what a wonderfully eloquent and insightful comment, a true joy to read this early Saturday morning.
You said what I have been feeling and attempting to say.
Thank you, really from the bottom of my heart.
I cannot even imagine how difficult it is to work with those behind bars but if they are allowed folks like you then some might find a way to rebuild their lives once they leave the prison/jail.
I love my pets, and I always enjoy reading about the inmates who are working with the dog program to help train for service, or just for placement. That is a good way to find out what a person is really all about and it makes the hardest criminal melt and in the end 2 lives have been changed.
I would certainly help with any grass roots effort to have all offences available to all, it should be if the court procedures were not closed. It would be work but then as you said, "we could understand there are appropriate ways to approach such matters with others in public."
"Both are legal offenses.
What's wrong, don't you want your neighbors to know that you might kill them by driving too fast?
I say let the people decide. I would have a couple tickets and I live a few blocks from a school, so why shouldn't parents know?"
There is a significant difference between a sexual predator deliberately targeting children and some guy in a hurry to get to work, who presses the speed limit and gets caught.
I think they should have their foreheads tattooed so the kids could see them coming...