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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Child Molester Set Free Because He's Short!

I can't really even find the words to express the anger I felt when I heard this story .

Richard W. Thompson could have been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in Sidney, Nebraska; instead, he was sentenced to 10 years probation. The reason for probation instead of prison: Thompson is short.

Cheyenne County District Judge Kristine Cecava sentenced Thompson, 50, on two counts of sexually assaulting a minor, but said that Thompson, who is 5-foot-1, is too small to survive in prison.

Joe Mangano, secretary of the National Organization of Short Statured Adults, thought the ruling was a good one. "I'm assuming a short inmate would have a much more difficult time than a large inmate," said Mangano, who is 5 feet 4 inches tall. "It's good to see somebody looking out for someone who is a short person."

Would Mangano have felt the same way had it been his daughter whom Thompson molested? Would Cecava have felt that justice was served by 10 years probation had her daughter been the victim?

This guy should be in prison, and I couldn't care less how short he is. This is an outrage!


Blogger Christina said...

I think the real problem here is that this molester was "short-sighted". Apparently he failed to calculate how his actions might affect his future. If he'd done what decent people do and not molested a child, then his survival in prison wouldn't be an issue.

This is absurd.

5:16 PM  

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