Rape a child, go to hell

Congress is working on new sex offender laws which, among other things, will require states to have a sex offender registry, create a five year federal prison sentence for those who fail to register, and create a national database of sex offenders.

It doesn’t go far enough, frankly. If you rape a child you should be dead. Period.

States are also passing a flurry of legislation regarding sex offenders, including requiring things like lifetime GPS monitoring. But this, to me, is a band-aid solution. Recidivism among child predators is off the charts. There is no excuse for letting these things back out on the street. They are not human. They are sick animals that need to be put down for the sake of society. Rabid dogs are not cured, they are simply put down.

I'm sure everyone is familiar with recent media accounts of child abductions and killings, such as Samantha Runnion, who was abducted from her own front yard.

Avila snatched the kicking and screaming girl as she played outside her Stanton home. Her nude body was found the next day about 50 miles away, left on the ground as if it had been posed. Authorities said she had been sexually assaulted and suffocated. sfgate.com

Then there is Joseph Edward Duncan who killed Dylan and Shasta Groene's family in Idaho, abducted the two children, raped them repeatedly, killed the brother Dylan, and was finally caught with Shasta at a restaurant.

According to the court records and testimony, Shasta's ordeal began when she heard her mother call her into the living room early on the morning of May 16. Her mother, brother and McKenzie were bound with zip-ties and duct tape.

Duncan then bound her and Dylan and left them on the ground outside near a swing set. Shasta said she heard McKenzie yell out several times, and at one point they saw Slade stagger, incoherent and bleeding profusely from the head, out of the home. The children yelled for Slade to untie them, but he was unable to respond.

According to the account, Shasta remembered that Duncan wore dark gloves and had a shotgun and night-vision goggles. She also recalled the brand name of the hammer used to bludgeon the victims, which Duncan showed her after the attacks. usatoday

I frankly don't care about Mr. Duncan's pathology, or why he did what he did. I don't care if he's insane. He needs to receive the ultimate punishment and never be able to hurt anyone ever again. The problem is that even if he does receive the death penalty his case will probably go on for years with appeals. And there will be those who will still fight to keep him alive.

As a father of three young daughters myself I have become protectively paranoid about even letting my girls play outside. They will never be allowed to travel any distance alone; never ride their bikes to school without me, and never leave my sight wherever we go. All because there is a cancer in our society which we are unwilling to deal with appropriately.

There should never be any bail for child predators. There should never be any release for such. Of course, some can't help but be soft even on these kinds of criminals. Joseph Edward Duncan had advocates actively working for his freedom. Even in congress, there are some who think these new bills, which do not go far enough, are too harsh.

Democrats came within one vote on Wednesday of amending the registration penalties. Critics called the five-year minimum too harsh, noting that it applied even to people convicted of misdemeanors.

"Failing to register should not have a minimum sentence," said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. "A judge can make that determination."

Under the provision, Nadler said, a person could serve more time in prison for failing to report than for the actual crime committed. "That doesn't make any sense at all," he said. usatoday

Except that we continually let these predators out after numerous convictions. Why? Why are our laws so seriously inadequate? One of the most chilling and upsetting things to me about these cases are the couple of words that are invariably in every one of these tragic news stories, "After being released..."

Duncan was released on $15,000 bail earlier this year in Becker County, Minn., after being charged with molesting a 6-year-old boy. Police in Fargo, N.D., where Duncan lived, had been looking for him since he failed to check in with a probation agent there in May.

Duncan had spent more than a decade in prison for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy at gunpoint in Tacoma, Wash. usatoday

Posted by Eric Simonson at July 28, 2005 1:07 PM