Jewish World Review March 20, 2006 / 20 Adar 5766
The most dangerous states for American kids
For those of you who still believe the justice system in America
is working, consider the following. For three years 46-year-old Andrew Selva
sexually brutalized two boys, ages 5 and 12, in a small town outside of
Columbus, Ohio. In a plea bargain, Selva admitted to the court that he raped
the boys in a variety of ways. By all accounts, it was savage criminal
But when Selva appeared for sentencing before Ohio Judge John
Connor, he received no prison time at all. Instead, Connor placed him on
probation saying: "He's got a disease like I've got a disease. I don't know
that prison would have helped, except for revenge, and revenge is not in the
What the sentencing guidelines did call for was a 10-year
stretch in a state prison. But Connor believes he knows better, so it is
probation for a child rapist. By the way, the "disease" Connor referenced in
his own case is apparently alcohol-related, the judge has at least two DUI
convictions on his sheet.
This kind of sentencing insanity is increasing across the
country because many states, like Ohio, have no mandatory minimum prison
terms for child predators and, as we all know, there is no shortage of loony
judges like Connor.
While some states have passed Jessica's Law, which harshly punishes child molesters, other states simply will not do anything. The following are the most dangerous to a child's welfare.
Also, the states of Colorado, Wisconsin, Maine, Kansas, and
Montana have weak laws protecting kids — but at least there are politicians
in those states trying to change things.
In the Ohio case where the child rapist received parole, and in
the Vermont case where the man who raped the little girl initially got 60
days, the three victims were poor kids. Their parents had no money, no
influence, and no hope of challenging the wicked judges. I submit those
awful sentences would not have been handed down if the rapists had abused
But be that as it may. Any state that will not severely punish
an adult who rapes a child is a disgraceful state. And everybody living
there should know it.
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