Convicted Sex Offender Fights To Keep Real Estate License

A real estate agent is a trusted person responsible for representing your best interest when buying or selling a home. Asking good questions can help you know if you are compatible, but few of us ever worry about our safety when meeting with an agent one-on-one.

A Baltimore agent is struggling to keep his Maryland real estate license after a year in jail for sexually abusing minor relatives. He is now on the registered sex offender list, but wants to stay in his longtime career as a real estate agent.

Some professions are off limits to convicted felons, but real estate agent is not one of them. This is why the Maryland Real Estate Commission revoked the man’s license stating that his convictions “undermine his trustworthiness in dealing with public.”

As someone in a position of trust, we look to our agent as a confidant and for guidance in the biggest financial transactions of our lives. We should not have to worry about the moral character or our safety (or that of our children) in their presence.

The agent’s representatives counter that his conviction is a family matter and unrelated to his profession. Convicted sex offenders carry a stigma that haunts them and their career goals for decades.

But maybe they shouldn’t have broken the law in the first place?

Read the entire story at the Baltimore Sun.

2 thoughts on “Convicted Sex Offender Fights To Keep Real Estate License

  1. Just because you make some very bad choices in your life does not mean you should be punished for life. Not every sex offender is a repeat offender. Most are not. Also, not every offense is the same. Some fall into the category of severe just because the age was below 13, even though the offense was not a vile and aggressive act. Groping someone is not the same as rape, yet is treated the same IF the victim is under 13, even if only by a few days. It’s very easy to judge harshly when you are not related to the one who committed the crime. When you do not know the anguish and sorrow the offender feels. When you don’t know how they have changed their lives 100% and have never done anything like that again. Yet you want to lump them in the same group as those who don’t change and don’t want to change. After the perpetrator serves their time and are branded for life, people like you still want them to suffer forever. It’s cruel and sad. We like to say our society has evolved, no not really. We aren’t that far away from angry mobs with pitch forks and torches, they are just in different forms such as internet and media. We ought to put more energy in to helping those who have and want to change, rather than just turning against them.

  2. Sexual predators should not be licensed agents. While doing their job, agents are alone often with clients. Many agents have even become the victim of sexual assault due to these situations. While agents need to be aware of the potential for harm, we as an industry have a responsibility to protect clients from harm. Removing sexual assault criminals from the pool of agents serves that purpose.

    Now, I’m not discounting what you’re saying. I too think the definition of sex crime needs to be reevaluated. Two minors having consensual sex doesn’t make one of them a rapist and the other a victim, and there are other examples of lesser offenses that don’t make the offender a harm to society. The law needs to be modified to address these different layers. But, until the law is modified, we can only act on the law or lawbreaker as they’re classified today.

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