A LONG WAIT TO GET PAST CRIME (Kids as young as age 10 can be registered as sex offenders, a label lasting a decade)
Houston Chronicle/Renee C. Lee
Samantha Portwood’s son pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault at age 12. He’snow 24 and Portwood awaits the day this month he is removed from Texas’ sex offenderregistry. For the past decade Dale Portwood has lived under public scrutiny for a crime hecommitted when was 12. He inappropriately touched a 7 year old girl at his baby sitter’shouse and was charged with aggravated sexual assault. After completing two years of therapyand probation, he had to register as a sex offender, which shocked his parents. Dale isn’talone.