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Prohibit prisoners convicted of violent crimes from soliciting the public online

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Right now, my rapist has an ad online soliciting women for a romantic relationship. Between 1993 and 1995, he stalked, raped and assaulted several women, including myself, a 63-year-old woman and her 16-year-old granddaughter, among others. Mr. Torres is currently serving four concurrent life sentences for aggravated rape and assault, along with other charges, but that hasn’t stopped him from seeking his next victim. He has a personal ad online right now, trolling for more women.

He should not have the right to solicit women online, and I want to make sure this privilege is revoked. I am asking Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Board of Criminal Justice (TBCJ) to pass a law barring violent and sexual offenders from posting personal ads online to solicit and engage members of the public.  Please help me by signing my petition.

The amount of work and pain that went into getting this man behind bars was immense. After he was locked away, I thought the psychological, emotional, and physical trauma that I and his other victims had endured would end, yet 20 years later, he still haunts me. Knowing that he has an internet presence and the capability of reaching other unsuspecting victims makes this so much worse.  

I asked the Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice to assist with taking this personal ad down, but they informed me that this is out of their jurisdiction since it is on a 3rd party website, and that it is not illegal for Texas inmates to post ads on the internet to advertise or solicit friends and contacts. After doing more research, I realized there are multiple sites that cater to penpals for prisoners, with no consideration given to the potential exploitation and harm this may cause members of the public who should be protected from these individuals.  

I have no issue with inmates receiving mail or corresponding with existing friends, family, attorneys, or even having contact from outside sources that might seek to engage with them.  I do, however, want to block inmates convicted of violent and sexual crimes from posting personal ads that solicit the public actively, just as they prohibit this practice in other states like Florida and Indiana.

Enough is enough. The victimization must end. Texas needs to join these other states in prohibiting the solicitation of the general public by incarcerated convicted felons and sexual predators. Please join me in asking Gov. Abbott and the TBCJ to protect the public. Sign my petition and let's end this ridiculous practice.

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