One of the arguments often used by supporters of offenders, in efforts to justify their behavior or to minimize their crime, is that a potential offender is statistically more likely to be a member of the family or a close friend. It is usually followed by rhetoric concerning residency restrictions never addressing why they committed the act in the first place. So if you know a person is a convicted sex offender, would you give them an opportunity to re-offend?
When reading comments on stories about missing Nevaeh Buchanan the question most often asked is how a mother could potentially put their child at risk by associating with known convicted sex offenders? None of them have been charged in connection with Nevaeh’s disappearance. She remains missing.
How can Naveah’s mother, Jennifer, in this FoxNews article in one breath say her relationships with known convicted offenders are irrelevant yet suggest they know something?
“My relationship with George was just friends,” Jennifer Buchanan told MyFOXDetroit. “I haven’t dated him for a year and a half now. I am not a judgmental person so I looked over (his sex offenses), but at the same time I still kept my guards up on that.
“George had a good relationship upon my daughter as a father figure, always there for her. If he came around she’d see him she’d run up to him and hug him,” she told MyFOXDetroit.
Buchanan also knew a second sex offender, Roy Smith, a convicted rapist recently released from prison. Smith is also considered a person of interest by the sheriffs investigating the case.
Even as she called her friendship with the two men “irrelevant,” Buchanan said that one of them must know something about her daughter, whom she still believes is alive.
“Someone, either George or Roy, knows something,” she told MyFOXDetroit. “I just have got to believe that my daughter isn’t dead until I have a body. I don’t want to sit around and wait — I don’t want to wait for any kind of news, whether it is good or bad.”
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that it wants to speak with the driver of a green, box-style minivan who may have information in connection with the disappearance of 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan.
The van was parked at the Hollywood School playground behind the Charlotte Arms apartments between 6 and 7 p.m. May 24. That’s about the time when Nevaeh disappeared while riding her scooter outside her home in the complex.
“We just have to find the exact window when they were there and what they may have seen when they were there,” Sheriff Tilman Crutchfield said Monday.
Meanwhile, a judge set a $250 bond Monday for a third man jailed on an unrelated charge of arson-preparation to burn.
Monroe County District Judge Jack Vitale told James Easter, 64, that he could go free if he posted bond because he has been cleared as a person of interest in Nevaeh’s disappearance.