OnceFallen Rally Against Myth-Based Sex Offender Laws

Ron Book is Monster Yet to Be Slayed, Despite Revealing “Untouchable” Documentary

“Untouchable” Documentary Doesn’t Go Far Enough & Ron Book is A Monster Yet to Be Slayed, According to OnceFallen.com

I recently posted an interview with “Untouchable” director David Feige, and in the process, I saw an online comment about the film, posted by Derek W. Logue, founder of the Sex Offender Advocacy Site OnceFallen.com — a group that fights against what it considers to be unfair and unconstitutional laws, such as those championed by Ron Book, who is the central figure in the documentary. (A Newsweek article called Book, “The Lobbyist Who Put Sex Offenders Under a Bridge”.)

Logue is also shown, briefly, in the documentary; he is the one who organizes the sex-offender rights rally. But his own full story is not shown in full in the film. A visit to the OnceFallen.com site shows just how passionate and hot a topic this is, and gives an indication of how scary-powerful Ron Book is as a lobbyist and political force. The website has an extremist tone (understandably), but it definitely merits a look. And Logue’s comment also merits a read, so I am posting it here (as I found it on the web, without any fact-checking), along with my own comment back to Logue:

Logue: I was in this film briefly, protesting the Book family. This film didn’t do anything to challenge those monsters. The Books are responsible for forcing hundreds of Miami’s registered citizens into homelessness. It is disgusting to see clips of Ron Book attending fancy dinners, eating steak tartare and getting his shoes shined knowing his policies force hundreds of registered citizens to live by the railroad tracks behind a warehouse.

The film fails to discuss Ron Book’s plea of no contest to a theft charge in the 1980s and a guilty plea for illegal campaign contributions in the 1990s. Ron Book was recently under FBI investigation. Lauren Book is literally BUYING a senate seat, yet she can’t even answer her own questions during a post-screening Q & A. Lauren is inept and nothing but a puppet for daddy Ron and his political cronies.

It is here where Feige fumbled the ball worse than Cam Newton in the Super Bowl. In order to guarantee he wouldn’t get sued by the Books or have them pull their support of the film, Feige had to cater to Ron & Lauren. Thus, instead of any direct challenge to the Book family, Feige’s film dances the issue around them. The Books are never grilled about anything in the film. Feige minimized my rally in the film out of concerns that our message was “too harsh.” He asked me to be nice to Lauren Book because she is “skittish.” I guess it was because Daddy wasn’t there to do the talking for her.

Ultimately, this movie was an utter disappointment. The Books get away again like the bad guys from a Saturday Morning cartoon to return and continue their wicked ways.

Sex-offender humor from OnceFallen website.
Sex-offender humor from OnceFallen website. But…not funny because it’s true.

HH: I don’t doubt that much of what you say about the Book family is true. But the Books *are* revealed in this film to be something very different than they originally appear. Feige handles their story, and others, with amazing sensitivity, while carefully and slowly building his case that essentially everything we think we know about this subject is FALSE. When you come into the issue cold, like most of us do, and watch it from beginning to end, the film packs a powerful punch. But it’s smart and dispassionate, which leads to a kind of meticulous fairness that is bizarrely unsettling. In my mind, Feige is like Solomon, but he actually cuts the baby in half. 

Click here to read the interview and learn about the film.

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  • I’d like to point out my perspective is that from an activist perspective, for the sake of my fellow activists. I wanted the Books to be confronted. Ron Book pleaded No Contest to Insurance Fraud in the 1980s and pleaded guilty to Illegal Campaign Contributions in the 1990s, so he’s a criminal in his own right. And then there is that connection to GEO Group, the controversial private prison industry. GEO Group allowed rampant sexual and physical abuse inside a juvenile facility in Walnut Grove MS, and it was so bad the judge declared it the worst case of institutional child abuse in American history. Yet, Lauren Book took $65,000 in GEO Group kickbacks so far. But none of that was remotely mentioned in the film. The anti-registry movement was only marginally represented in the film, yet we’ve been in a thorn in their side for many years (that ‘Welcome to Bookville” sign was MY idea, I might add). There was a lot that should’ve been added to this film but wasn’t.

    I suppose if there is ever a physical copy, he could make it up to my cause by adding extra footage using the RSOL conference he attended as well as my Rally in Tally. I also heard he had spoken to this successful program in Germany but that wasn’t in the film, either. But again, from my activist perspective, I was not ecstatic about the end product I saw at Tribeca.

  • Helen Highly

    Thank you for your interest, Derek. As someone directly affected by the slew of Ron Book’s laws in Florida, your intense anger is understandable. But for the record, I am not able to fact-check the specific accusations that you make, so I cannot endorse your statement. (I did make a point of including a link to the OnceFallen.com website, so if readers are interested, they can pursue it on their own.) In terms of the “Untouchable” movie, I think David Feige does an impressive job of researching and presenting a wide range of personal stories and data, and it’s important to understand that his subject is not Ron Book alone; his film is about the broader issue, which is much more complicated (and more relevant to a wide audience) than merely trying to discredit one man. I chose to write about this film specifically because it looks at ALL its subjects with a profound sense of HUMANITY. There are no monsters in this film, and that is actually central to its message. I believe this won the Best Director award because Feige succeeded at elevating this topic beyond a news expose’ and into a multi-layered story about what it means to be human.