Ryan Browning’s Story

When I was 17 I met a 14 year old girl at a mutual friends birthday party. We began talking and hanging out as friends then it wasn’t long before I’d asked her to be my girlfriend. We were dating for about 4 months before I turned 18 and I know that that’s not very long at all but within those 4 months I was convinced that I was in love with this girl.

I’m now 21 years old and because of decisions I made at 17 and 18 years old I will be on the registry for the rest of my life with no way of ever being able to clear my name from it. I will be a felon for the rest of my life as well. The charge I was given was sexual conduct with a minor 14 years or younger which is a class 2 DCAC felony and comes with the same minimum maximum and presumptive sentence when punishable under ARS 13-705 as any persons over 18 that attempted to murder their victim in the first degree. Whereas if she had been 15 prior to me turning 18 under section 13-405 I would have been charged with a class 6 felony. There was 7 months between me turning 18 and her turning 15 which basically means that had things happened 7 months after I had turned 18 I would have been charged with significantly less of an offense.

Finding jobs or careers that do not involve fast food, working at a restaurant, doing construction, or working at a factory or warehouse is seemingly impossible. Even after I’ve successfully completed my probation, I can never really have a normal life again. I will forever have the stigma of Sex Offender attached to my name as reminder of my past. The feeling that I get in my stomach when I think about living the rest of my life this way is crippling. To think that anywhere I go, whether its somewhere else within the state of Arizona or going to a different state entirely I will have to register and have the potential of having flyers sent out to my neighbors. All I pray for all day, every night, and every morning that I wake up is that one day I’ll wake up with a fresh start.

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2 comments on “Ryan Browning’s Story
  1. terry says:

    I am so sorry about your circumstances. I have been donating to this organization and plan to get involved. Keep your prayers going!
    Terry

  2. Tammy says:

    My son is named Ryan also and he too will be on the registry for the rest of his life for his decision at age 17 to view illegal pornography. My heart is devastated for him and for you. I pray that this cruelty will end in your life time, the sooner the better.

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