The law doesn’t permit us to give child molesters the death penalty. That’s our fault.
We should change it. Child molesters, no matter their wealth, station, privilege, or lack thereof, are sociopaths. They cannot be rehabilitated. They prey on children and abuse them without remorse. They deserve death. A decent society, would, at a minimum, castrate them and hold them for life.
Sadly, the stories of these monsters just keep coming up. We saw it with Olympic gymnast doctor, and we see it with the accused pedophile McCarrick.
Now, there is an altleft movement to normalize the sexual abuse and molestation of children by psycho-sickos. That’s right, as recently as this last month, an academic gave a presentation suggestion that we treat pedophiles as we would any other person.
Cancer occurs naturally too. We don’t accept it. We spend our waking ours trying to kill it off and exterminate it by any means possible. That is precisely what we should do with pedophilia and those who criminally assault and molest our children.
Just today the Pope changed Church policy saying the death penalty is never admissible … or acceptable. The Pope doesn’t have a child ravaged by the evil of pedophilia. He does, however, have an institution that for far too long turned a blind eye to the predators within.
When the Pope works closely with victims, and he lies awake at night in the homes of victims, praying with their parents to heal the scars of their children, and when he cleans his Church of predators, his opinion on how to punish predators and keep our children safe will be admissible.
God may forgive pedophiles … but society is not obliged to do so. Society is obligated to protect children from these people.
Some high-profile cases reach the news, but pedophilia and child molestation happen not just among people about whom you read. It happens in your community and it can happen in your family.
Pedophiles prey on children because that is their perversion. However, they also realize that abusing children places the vulnerable in a position they don’t even understand. It is a crime many kids are too afraid or two ashamed to report. In some instances, the victims are too young to even understand the abuse.
The worst of these criminal vermin are those who abuse a position of trust by abusing young kids in their care as neighbors, coaches, or clergy. This “grooming” of victims is carefully done so that once abused, the victim is unable or unwilling to report a friend’s father, or a clergyman, or a coach.
This isn’t merely a crime of opportunity, it is a devious and disgraceful plan to both abuse the children and ensure that they don’t report it.
Police will tell you that in the case of child molestation, it is remarkably difficult to successfully prosecute these cases. By the time victims reach adulthood, too much time has passed to piece together evidence that rises to the “beyond a reasonable doubt standard.” Victims often can’t remember the dates or details, other than the abuse.
Prosecutors and investigators want and demand tangible evidence, such as DNA or specific details only a victim could know. That usually is not available, and for victims coming forward a decade later as they mature and work through the scars of abuse, they have only courage … not DNA.
In the overwhelming majority of these cases, we simply have a “he said/she said” set of allegations that might be 5, 10, or 15 years-old. To make matters worse, some victims seek out and find other victims, and when complaints are made, they find out that the rules of evidence don’t permit, or easily permit, the introduction of abuse in one case to support abuse in another case. Indeed, only in rare instances, where the evidence shows a “habit” might it be permitted in a case.
For example, if a pedophile had sleep-overs for his children and always snuck in, at the same time, in the same way, and performed the same abuse on multiple children, a court “might” permit evidence of that habit. But, it might not.
In short, victims who come forward often stand alone, facing a legal hurdle and system that wants to discard their story.
It’s worse than that though. In some jurisdictions, prosecutors and investigators won’t press charges or even seek an indictment when victims come forward and make statements. If the victim cannot provide a “winning case,” these jurisdictions pass on the cases. Literally, the victims stand alone with weak prosecutors unwilling to aggressively pursue known predators.
Think about it this way. Prosecutors are telling victims, “hey, brave as you are coming forward, we can’t risk a trial loss unless you bring us more evidence to ensure we win.”
Prosecutors who have a credible witness should be seeking indictments because they have probable cause of a crime and because the public indictment of pedophiles will often unearth many more victims and evidence. Still, most jurisdictions won’t do it.
Here’s a tip from a legal expert … if you are such an investigator or prosecutor and you won’t stand up for children abused by pedophiles because the case is tough, you need to resign or be replaced.
The issue of protecting children from sexual predators isn’t political. These reprobates come in every political stripe and from every background. The “politics” of pedophilia shows itself in the laws we pass to combat and attack these predators.
Our laws protecting children are too weak.
In a world where democrats, liberals, progressives, republicans, libertarians, and conservatives can’t find common ground on nearly anything, one would think protecting children from sexual predators would be a layup. Still, powerful forces prevent aggressive prosecution of pedophiles, and the law is woefully inadequate in pushing and sequestering these people from a decent society.
Let me be clear … pedophiles and child molesters are irredeemable. They can’t be cured or fixed. They can only be punished and sequestered. When a society paroles a pedophile, it does so knowing that a criminal sexual deviant will ultimately seek and find more victims.
Why would any decent society do that?
Now … instead of moving toward strengthening protections for our kids … some on the fringe are trying to make pedophilia a normal part of society. These people must be castigated, repudiated, and shunned. They should be driven from academia, and they must be exposed as a danger to our children.
No matter your political stripe, you are either for the children or you are against them.
In our state houses, we should be strengthening the rights of child victims. We should be aggressively changing our laws to reflect both a punishment and deterrence that will stop pedophiles. That deterrence is only execution or sequestration.
At the local level … I give this warning and plea.
If you are not aggressively investigating, indicting, or prosecuting cases of child molestation because the cases are too hard for you … I will work to expose your office and bring these cases to the public light. When you abandon victims, you empower pedophiles and you increase victims in our communities.
That, a decent society will not accept.
To the diseased pedophiles, my advice is this. Turn yourselves in and cut the best deal you can now … before sanity and decency lead Americans to change the laws and truly hold you accountable. I know you are sociopaths, and you only admit your crimes under devastating evidence and to limit your sentencing. Know this, if you wait too long, there will be no deal for you.
If we can’t stand for our children and protect them from sick and criminal pedophiles, then for what purpose do we empower a police state?
Author: Richard Kelsey
Richard Kelsey is the Editor-in-Chief of Committed Conservative.
He is an Attorney, a former Assistant Law School Dean, Law Professor, and Virginia state court law clerk. Dean Kelsey was also the CEO of a technology company specializing in combating cyber-fraud. He is a regular commentator on legal and political issues in print, radio and on TV.
Rich graduated from George Mason law school, clerked for the Arlington Circuit Court, and later joined an AM LAW top 10 law firm practicing commercial litigation. He left the firm to be counsel and CEO to a consulting firm, rising to CEO of Turiss, LLC, a technology firm specializing in computer forensics, digital investigations, and fighting cyber-fraud through civil intel services and new technologies. Upon the sale of the company, Kelsey returned to Mason Law, where in the years before his return, he both taught at the school and served as President of the Law Alumni Association. Kelsey was the Assistant Dean for Management and Planning.
At Mason, Dean Kelsey taught legal writing and analysis and an advanced litigation seminar. In 2014 he was elected by the graduating class as the faculty speaker at their graduation. While serving the former George Mason Law, Kelsey conceived of, planned, and brought to fruition Mason’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, known as CPIP.
Rich has appeared on radio, TV, and in print hundreds of times as both a legal expert and political and legal commentator. He provided the legal analysis for all stages of the Bob McDonnell trial and appeal for numerous outlets including NPR and WMAL. He writes on occasion for the American Spectator and CNSNews.com. He returned to private practice in September of 2016, and he is working on a book/expose on legal education.
In his free time, Rich is part of the baseball mafia of Northern Virginia, serving on numerous boards and as a little league and travel baseball coach.
Rich has many opinions, and they are his own. His Twitter handle is @richkelsey.