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Concern Surrounds Sex Offenders' Repeat Crimes

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Anderson County deputies arrested Kenneth Wright this week after they say he exposed himself to young children at a K-Mart.

It was his fifth sex-crime related arrest.

The prosecutor who tried him before can't believe he was out on the street again.

"We sent him to prison based on his record for the most that we could," Solicitor Chrissy Adams said.

After his time prison, he spent time with the state's mental health department eventually a doctor cleared him for release.

"Something like therapy or even drug treatments may not always work," psychology professor Jay Michaels said.

Michaels has looked over studies involving other people who habitually revert to their crimes after they're caught and punished.

"Even people that have repeat sex offender behavior if they get frequent counseling for example, they still have a high incidence of repeat offending," Michaels said.

For victims of previous crimes seeing sex offenders strike again is hard. But Michaels says many of the criminals aren't thinking about that and that may contribute to continued bad behavior.

"They're not remorseful for their actions, they don't see themselves as having guilt or responsibility so this may play a role. They may not consider their victim or their victims rights," Michaels said.

Some states have put in place "chemical castration" laws.

"If the court system orders them to take certain specific drugs and they cant have their sexual arousal of course they may not be able to offend."

That's something South Carolina does not do right now.

As for Wright, he'll be back in court to face a prosecutor who will try to limit any damage he could do in the future.

"Right now my job is to keep him off the streets and keep the community safety and that's what I intend to do," Adams said.

Wright is still in jail under a $200,000 bond.

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