Hastert etal: Remove from society permanently

May 1, 2016

N2015-196-ICSE_Infographic02_02.jpg;pvfd997e4b4d99ed0eIf I had to write a summary regarding those who sexually molest a child it would be this:

“The betrayal of the innocence of a child is beyond crime.  It is an atrocity; an act that requires a punishment beyond the norm; a permanent removal of the perpetrator from the society upon which he preyed.  Anything else is but a second betrayal.”

And sadly, the headlines show that betrayal is on the rise:

Friday April 15, 2016: “Former member of Diamond board charged with rape”

DIAMOND, Mo. —-Former Diamond School Board member Johnny Lee Russow has been charged with statutory rape of a 16-year-old high school student

Friday April 22, 1016: “Child sexual predator draws 7 life terms”

MOUTN VERNON, Mo. —-A Lawrence County judge assessed a 36-year-old man seven life sentences this week for sexual abuse that included foster children in the 1990s and early 2000s…

On the same day was this: “Man nabbed in child-sex sting is every parent’s ‘nightmare’”

FOURT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) Federal prosecutors say a 50-year-old registered sex offender who showed up at a Florida hotel room with condoms and superhero T-shirts was expecting to have a sexual encounter with three young boys.

April 27, 2016 “3 Franciscan friars ordered to stand trial in sex abuse case”

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) – Three Franciscan friars must stand trial on charges linked to their role in supervising a religious brother accused of molesting more than 100 children….

And in another doubleheader:  “Former speaker Hastert sentenced to more than year in prison”

CHICAGO (AP) — Dennis Hastert, the Republican who for eight years presided over the House…was sentenced Wednesday to more than a year in prison in a hush-money case that revealed accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling.

In sentencing Hastert, U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin noted: “Nothing is more stunning than to have the words ‘serial child molester’ and ‘speaker of the House’ in the same sentence.” and then he gave Hastert 15 months instead of the prosecution’s recommended 6.

But as sick as it is that Hastert will not end his days behind bars, I discovered a turn of events that even the famous Mr. Ripley would question.  Believe it or not, 41 letters were submitted to the court in SUPPORT of Hastert.

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R, TX) opined: “”He is a good man that loves the Lord,….He doesn’t deserve what he is going through.”

Former Illinois Attorney General Ty Fahner pleaded: “”I urge the court to permit him to live the rest of his life in freedom with his family and friends, and all those who love and admire him,”

And form CIA director Porter Goss wrote: “Perhaps, the Speakers greatest gift to the House was trust,…My belief is that Members found him very approachable and took him at his word.”

The depth of moral relativism that Hastert’s supporters had to immerse themselves in to write their letters is beyond comprehension to me.  He was 2nd in line to the Presidency of the United States for crying out loud.

America is better than that.  I mean we are, aren’t we?  Please, tell me we are.

Hastert and ilk do not deserve support, they do not deserve “understanding”, they deserve punishment; swift and severe.  To me personally, the death penalty is not out of the realm.

And for those who think death too severe?  Think about the victims. Think about the trauma of night after night of nightmarish memories.  Think about the lives forever ruined.

And then tell me why anyone who commits such heinous acts deserves anything less than being permanently removed from society.

PUBLISHER NOTE:  An edited version of this column first appeared in the May 1, 2016 print edition of the Joplin Globe.

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