Reformed sex offender says he can't escape stigma

By: Gene Petriello Email
By: Gene Petriello Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, August 31, 2007

Aiken CTY--People are always concerned about sex offenders living near them. Now, a sex offender comes forward to tell Gene Petriello his story.

This week we featured 4 sex offenders from Aiken. Three of them had information on the sex offender registry that was not right. But Dean Monarch is a story of a man who says he has turned his life around.

Yet still lives with the stigma of being listed as a sex offender.

About 25 years ago, Dean Monarch was living in Arizona. One day he found himself charged with molestation of a child.

"It was something that happened and I'm ashamed of it and totally embarrassed."

Here's the Arizona law he was charged with violating: Intentionally or knowingly engaging in or causing a person to engage in sexual contact.. with a child under 15 years of age. In this case, his 10 year old daughter.

"That was wrong, terribly wrong and she told my wife and she turned me in, which I appreciate," he adds.

One year in jail and 3 years of a treatment program. Monarch and his wife moved to Georgia, which wasn't easy.

"My Georgia neighbors harassed me out of my neighborhood," says Leslie Monarch.

All because she says teenagers walked by their Martinez home and called Dean a pervert.

"I've gotten to the point where I am paranoid and won't go out without my wife."

But they also moved to Aiken County because they were living near a day care facility. That's a violation of Georgia's new sex offender law.

Aiken County is now proposing its own law against sex offenders.

"I just hope somewhere along the line, they come up with a degree system," adds Dean.

He would like to see offenders listed in a way that lets people know which offenders are bigger threats to the public. Dean understands why the public doesn't trust him, but he does ask.

"You can get all kinds of statistics, but what do you know about me? Nothing."

Dean doesn't think of himself as a threat and says he would want to sit down and talk to anyone to ease their mind. He would like to see the law go after those who are repeat offenders.

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  • by Sherry on Sep 9, 2007 at 06:32 PM
    I don't care if he has turned his life around, I don't want him anywhere near my or my children
  • by SO Wife Location: Aiken on Sep 5, 2007 at 05:04 AM
    People who continually tell children who have been molested that they will never be the same are doing as much damage as the molester. An intake worker that told me daughter she should have known it was wrong did more damage than what he did. It is the secrecy and destruction of trust that cause the damage. Being able to confront the offender and hear him sincerely say he is sorry is what heals the damage. Keeping silent causes long term damage. What we are doing by lifetime punishment to offenders keeps children quiet to keep their families together. I wish all you good Christians who love to hate and fear would see that not all offenders do so because of attraction to children and those who can stay with their failies are safer in the public than those who have been forced out to brood all alone.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 4, 2007 at 06:51 AM
    I think they should put the offenders in seperate category. You have some that go along with the sex but as soon as someone walk in the room they want to scream rape most of the time its the younger crowd. Some kids have got so grown know that they are sneaking out just to be with one another but as soon as they get caught it rape when all along they been doing it for the longest. Know as for these grown men walking around here that have molested these kids I have no sympathy at all for them. Everyone in the neighborhood should be aware of them and they should build out houses for them to stay in so they want be around no one.
  • by Keith Richard Radford Jr Location: Burbank, CA on Sep 3, 2007 at 12:31 AM
    Discrimination allows superiority where truth is hidden and corruption tends to creep in. This is the human equation. People change day to day. Things change, but the energy that makes us who we are moves through us as we experience our lives. Governments, Advocates, Churches, and Media put pressure on sex offenders who are struggling daily to make a way for their families. These groups are one in the same who have created the realm of secrecy and oppress for gain To be ashamed of being a flawed human who makes mistakes, is the responsibility of the person/group/s allowing laws of decimation which is abuse. Inflicting pain on any person who has been betrayed by that societies recklessness to hide the truth because of its own shame is the ultimate in irresponsibility. By continuing to advocate lifetime sentences, separation, eradication, concerning sexual offenses is recognition of the breakdown of group/s and any system/
  • by Mother of 2 Location: Augusta,Ga on Sep 2, 2007 at 05:50 AM
    You did this crime no one made you do it!Something that you chose to do there are consequences for all of our actions yours will follow you for the rest of your life and your daughter who did not ask for this to happen to her.She will never be the same because of what her father took from her you suppose to have been a protector of her not a molester.
  • by SO wife Location: Aiken on Sep 1, 2007 at 01:24 PM
    Yes Matthew. Iam the wife and the mother. Istead of divorcing him the whole famly went through a treatment program for 3 years. My daughter got help. My husband got help and the family was reunified through a court controlled treatment program. My daughter is now 34 with two young girls of her own and trusts her father enough to leave him with the girls while she runs to the store. There are programs that work if the offender is not a hard core pedaphile which my husband was not. He got mixed up while drinking heavily and took educating my daughter from tell to show and tell. I turned him in but also stuck by him to rebuild our family. Our daughter would go to bat for him if anyone asked her.
  • by ron Location: augusta on Sep 1, 2007 at 11:34 AM
    He should have thought about the consciences before he molested his daughter. I don't think any amount of prison time, therapy or rehabilitation will change a sexual predator/child molester. He will do it again.
  • by DOT Location: AUGUSTA on Sep 1, 2007 at 07:41 AM
  • by Shirley Location: McDuffie County on Sep 1, 2007 at 07:16 AM
    I don't know this particular man, but my Uncle touched me when I was less than 10 yrs old and spoke to me about sexual things over a period of time. I am now over 65 yrs old. I've never forgotten that he stole my childhood from me. I moved on with my life, but could never speak of it until I was over 50 yrs old to my mother. This man Stole this young girls innocence. The bottom line is, any man that does this to a child is a THIEF! In the USA that makes him a Criminal.
  • by Matthew Location: Augusta on Aug 31, 2007 at 05:22 PM
    Is his wife the mother of the child he molested? She didn't divorce him?
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