As an advocacy journalist who has written time and time again of pedophilia, I am purely disgusted with the Canadian judicial system. You may be asking why. It was upon reading where a father of a four-year-old child received only four years for his crime, it sickens me beyond belief.
This father that is if you can call him that video-taped his daughter while raping her. As reported in this article, “The four-year sentence handed down Thursday takes into account time already served, which means the man will serve another 20 months and will then be on probation for three years.” The United States has been the brunt of negative reporting when it comes to the treatment of detainees especially those housed at GITMO. We have been the brunt of negative reporting when it comes to the use of torture in order to gain information from them. To those around the world who have spoken out against the United States; will you do the same towards Canada?
I find it immoral and unconscionable for this recidivist monster to get away basically scot-free from the crime committed upon a child. This is not sentence is not a commensurate form of punishment. How can the Canadian judicial system allow for this sentence?
Those who adjudicate these crimes often are far removed from the crime itself, but the detective handling this case said of this sentence that it "was too lenient." I cannot even fathom being in his shoes forced to watch the rape of a child knowing full well what this little girl will face in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.
The detective handling this case also had this to add that "Nobody ever thinks of the children in this." Well obviously this judge was not thinking of this child. What message is sent to other pedophiles that are out there committing the same crime? It says to me; go to Canada for a lenient sentence if caught.
Meanwhile this miscreant's lawyer stated his client was, "physically assaulted twice while behind bars, and has lost 130 pounds since his arrest." Excuse me for not feeling sympathetic towards this monster as I have dealt with this issue for over ten years. My message to the Canadian government is to set up special sections within these prisons, and to sentence them to life in prison without parole. Once this monster is let out of prison, he will commit this crime again. Where is the protection for the next child?
This crime of pedophilia is a world-wide problem as these recidivist monsters trade their pictures across the Internet. This arrest resulted in the arrest of 82 other pedophiles. As we look to protect our children not only here in the United States but others world-wide, the sickening thought is that there are more of these monsters out there preying upon our children.
Thankfully we are learning the lesson the hard way here in the United States that lesser sentences do not work and we are demanding harsher sentences. I have to wonder if this monster will be placed on the Canadian sex offender list. It specifies, “The legislation compels offenders who are convicted of designated sex offences to register specified information about themselves with the police for 10 or 20 years, or for life, depending on the offence.” Not good enough, Canada.
While our data-base also known as Megan’s Law allows for the general public to have access to this information Canada’s law “prohibits public access to the information on the database and it cannot be used for the purposes of public notification.”
Then again, in the past, I have reported that these lists simply do not work. They are a panacea that lulls us all into a false sense of security. To prove so, I have already written numerous pieces of the inadequacy of Megan’s Law and others like it for my blog.
World governments often think that terrorism is a result of terrorists bombing places and taking the lives of the innocent. I would go them one better, pedophiles are equally terrorizing the innocent especially the most innocent, our children. These victims of terrorism will walk around with these scars for a life-time. Canada is to be condemned for giving this terrorist such a light sentence.
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