MPW.68 / 2016 Life and Limits by Clare Fieseler
Photographer
Clare Fieseler Washington D.C.
Team Cliff & Vi

Story Summary

According to his mother, 1989 was the year that ruined James “Jamie” Pettig’s life. He pled guilty to a sex offense with a minor, and has since navigated life as a registered sex offender. He is a committed caregiver to his elderly mother and an affable cook at the local steakhouse. His dogs and passion for trading sport memorabilia are what get him up in the morning. On his days off, Jamie helps his friend Dale sort antiques on historic Highway 66. Missouri’s laws limit Jamie’s professional, volunteer, and housing options. Stigma makes him wary of being in large crowds. Jamie is not a repeat offender. Both he and his mother have maintained his innocence for almost three decades.