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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Brian Peppers - A Registered Sex Offender from Ohio, USA.

A photo of an alleged sex offender named "Brian Peppers" surfaced in my office today. The picture was obtained from the ohio sex offender website.

The picture looks too gruesome to be real.

Origins: The above-displayed photograph, which accompanies an entry in Ohio's Electronic Sex Offender Registration and Notification (eSORN) system, is for real. The picture depicts a 37-year-old man named Brian Peppers, registered due to a conviction for Gross Sexual Imposition in Lucas County, Ohio, in 1998.

Although many viewers were of the opinion that the image was fake (possibly a picture of some type of mannequin or a digitally manipulated photograph), and that the entry in eSORN was an erroneous one (possible a mistake, an inside joke, or a hacking prank), we verified both the photo and the entry in several ways:

* We contacted the Ohio Attorney General's office, who told us: "This is an accurate photo of this offender."
* The same Brian Peppers appears on a list of registered sex offenders in Lucas County.
* A record exists for court proceedings related to cases involving a person named Brian J. Peppers, charged with two counts of Gross Sexual Imposition.
* We heard from several people who live in or near Lucas County and said they'd encountered Brian Peppers. One of them told us he had a relative who attended school with Brian Peppers and forwarded us some high school yearbook photos to document it:

Brian Peppers' unusual physical appearance might be due to a condition such as Apert's Syndrome or Crouzon's Syndrome. He appears unusually short in the eSORN mug shot because he is wheelchair-bound. zzzzz
The address in his eSORN entry indicates he is (or was) a resident of a nursing home. His court docket indicates he was sentenced in 1998 to 30 days in jail with another 5 years probation for Gross Sexual Imposition, which is defined in Ohio as "unwilling sexual contact with one who is not one's spouse."

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C.U.T.R. "Clean Up the Registry" Ohio said...

Something is seriously wrong!

C.U.T.R. "Clean Up the Registry" Ohio said...

I also believe this man may be parapelegic.

David Lim said...

Yeah, you are right there! Any way, it is easy to spot this chap in the crowd?