LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (PAN)
As of August 24th (2001) we have started the "Letters To The Editor" Page in hopes that some of you out there will find a letter posted that hits close to home. If it does, we want to hear from you, pro or con (meaning "for" or "Against" if an issue brought forth hits the mark.
Re: FALSE CHILD MOLESTATION CONVICTIONS
In reply to article posted....
Dear Rev. Father…
I have been reading your publications regarding prisoners, parolees, their families and friends.
I noticed you pay attention to some of the more questionable problems posed by those who are accused or charged with child molestation and I’ve seen how you have correctly presented the problems of those accused, charged and convicted, especially when it has later been shown that after conviction, they were actually innocent. I found one of your presentations where you posted the letters of several adults who were children but involved in the prosecution of an adult which ended up that s/he went to prison… was most interesting because in each case the courts would not re-open the case and reverse the conviction even after the children in those several cases petitioned the court.
This disturbs me very much because my son was prosecuted and convicted. He’s in prison now, nearing the end of his 8 year term for molesting a teenage girl. The girl, now that she’s in her later 20’s, had filed a petition for review and re-opening the case. The court rejected her petition at all levels from Superior Court up to the State level.
I look at the problems posed and feel that those who are accused and charged with the form of “Child Molestation” that is not violent (meaning: those whose actions, if it involved any form of activity by consent of the youth who has reached puberty or the age of his or her 14th year) should be provided in LAW (in every state) that the law must treat the offense with a modification of the rules of law.
In the alternative or as an adjunct, the Law should include a provision where by the charges against the accused must include a means whereby the defense may expend the same amounts of monies (even if the defendant has to be defended by the Public Defender or an appointment by court order in place of the Public Defender) that the total sums expended by various agencies involved in bringing evidence and/or charges (police department investigations, child protective services, psychologists, psychiatrists, medical, etc.) when totaled up, must be the same or similar amount allowed for use by the defense. Obviously, this would only apply in such cases where the alleged molested child (14 or older) was not kidnapped, forcibly raped or other such acts against his or her own will initially. This would allow for the defendant’s attorney to bring in alternative means to both examine the minor both for psychological and physiological purposes to offset any kind of evidence presented by a determined prosecutor.
It is true that in many cases, the charges are brought about by a spurned woman against a man who she may know is bi-sexual, such as it was for my son. The woman got her daughter to lie. The daughter, later in life, while my son still sits in prison, admits that there was no activity whatsoever by my son and that she was forced and coerced under terrible threats from her mother (who happens to be a psychologist) what to say, how to say it and when to say it. During the investigations and the court case, there was no means of defense against the charges whatsoever.
But now, the daughter, who lives on her own, has children of her own, has stepped forward. But the local county court (Superior), on up to even the State Supreme Court has rejected the petition of the girl who was, in her youth, the supposed victim. And, on looking around, I’ve found other cases similar to my son’s.
Yet, as with the girl (supposed victim as a youth), now that she’s on her own and has children of her own, she said to me that the costs involved for what she’s done to try to get the case re-opened to prove my son’s innocence, is not cheap by any means. Her husband, who is not rich, and she, have discussed this thoroughly and feel that this was the proper thing to do. It’s cost them plenty, more than what the case may have cost to prosecute my son.
As for the girl (woman today – victim in her youth), she died a very sad death from alcohol and loneliness.
Well, that’s all I’ve got to say at this point. It’s a futile struggle. Thank God though, that Child Molestation charges do not carry the death penalty or we would have more innocent people being put to death… as they have been doing with other kinds of charges where innocent people are condemned to death and killed by the state.
Joe P. (A father of three)
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