Hello my name is Jose and in 1998 I was arrested for having inappropriate sexual contact with a minor. In 1999, I was arrested and convicted of first degree attempted sexual abuse. I was labeled a level 2 sex offender in the state of New York. I will remain on the sex offender registry in my state for life. I lost a great job with benefits and a pension. I lost my house in a foreclosure and had 2 cars repossessed. I was also homeless for a brief period of time.
In 2002, after some help from a very close friend, I decided to enroll in college. In 2006, I earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Management, graduating Magna Cum Laude. In 2008, I earned a Master of Business Administration Degree in General Management. In 2009, I became a Certified Entrepreneurship Teacher. I am a published author of my autobiography entitled: Poverty and Me.
I am in the process of opening up my own small business consulting firm where I can help ex-offenders become more self-reliant through business ownership. If you are interested in knowing how to open up your own business, please contact me. I do charge a consultation fee however. Life has been difficult since my conviction. The moral of the story is to never give up, and to follow your dreams!