I loathe the fact that judges have sentencing discretion when it comes to violent sexual crimes and sex crimes against children.
Cases, such as the one I am about to impart, are why we as voters need to shed partisan bickering and band together to instate Florida's "Jessica Lunsford Act" in EVERY state. This law requires child sexual predators are given a minimum 25 years in prison --and if they get out are tracked for life...with NO judiciary sentencing discretion.
Todd Aviles, 32 years old, crawled through a window in Philadelphia's Kensington area, told the 10 year old girl in the room he was with DHS and that he "needed to examine her" --he then proceeded to rape this little girl in her own bed...in the "safety" of her own home. As he moved to repeat this heinous act with her 12 year old sister the parents were awoken and chased him from the house.
Needless to say, two years later the girls are still traumatized. They have trouble sleeping and refuse to sleep alone and their grades have dropped.
Aviles plead guilty to: "charges of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, and burglary."
The prosecutor asked for a sentence of 30-60 years. The minimum sentence guideline was 5-10 years.
The judge made this statement:
"I don't know how you protect people from people like him... . Nothing can be more egregious than to break into a house and rape their daughter." (source)
...and then sentenced him to 10 years. What rationale is that? Walk heavily and carry a feather? A man that raped a young girl in her own bed, and would have raped her sister had his effort not been thwarted, will be out of jail to rape again when he is just 42 years old.
Sick. The judge's "I'm sorry" when this man lives up to the 98% recidivism rate of his sickness will not be good enough. We need a national registry for these judges that insist on unnecessarily releasing predators into our society.
You can contact Judge Kane and let him know what you think of his "altruism".