These two articles very succinctly demonstrate one of the BIG differences in Texas Justice and that pale imitation in Indiana:
We actually prosecute our child molesters here, and we don’t actually debate the issue. From the Northwest Indiana Vidette-Times
comes this astonishing tale of the worst kind of predicate molester; who got a wrist slap for his rape/ sexual torture /kidnapping case, with my commentary along the way:
Maximum sentence in sex torture case
BY BOB KASARDA; Friday, May 09, 2008
VALPARAISO | Porter Superior Judge Roger Bradford said the molestation case involved the most egregious acts of mistreatment he has seen during his nearly 28 years on the bench. The 39-year-old pleaded guilty to four felony counts stemming from accusations he began fondling the girl at the age of 10 when she asked him about sex. The abuse became more aggressive and during the start of her school year in August 2004, police said Parsons bound the girl to a homemade restraining device with ropes, handcuffs, Saran Wrap and velcro straps on at least three or four different occasions while torturing her and performing various sex acts.
On one occasion he reportedly forced her to wear his firefighter gas mask, placing tape over the glass viewing area and sticking a sock in the breathing receptacle, police said. Following each of the incidents with the restraining device, Parsons would handcuff the girl to his bed and force her to have intercourse, police said. The forced sex occurred twice each week and Parsons reportedly took photos and placed them on his home computer. “You used me to fulfill your sick fantasies,” the girl told Parsons Friday.
So, this is some pretty sick stuff to do to a ten year old girl, right?
Hold onto your seats; it gets worse:
The judge sentenced former South Haven firefighter Michael Parsons on Friday to the maximum 28 years behind bars for turning an underage girl’s questions about sex into five years of abuse that culminated in acts of torture.
Parsons, who could complete the term in 12 years or less with credit for time already served and for good behavior, apologized and told the court he was ashamed of his actions.
So, with any luck at all, the girl will be about 21 years old when her molester gets another crack at her. Lovely.
Parsons pleaded guilty to felony counts of child molesting, sexual misconduct with a minor, child exploitation and criminal confinement. Prosecutors dropped nine other charges for the guilty plea.
Another magnificent plea-bargain by Brian Gensel and the Porter County Prosecutor’s Office. How nice for them.
Upon his release from prison, Parsons will be required to register as sex offender. As a result of the maximum sentence, he will not be supervised on probation or undergo treatment, but will have some oversight on parole.
Why – The – Hell Not??????? He’s a molester; and the worst kind of molester; one who targets pre-pubescent girls. He’s a sexual sadist, and has admitted to this in court.
And the porter County Prosecutor’s Office AGREED TO THIS in the plea bargain. Peachy.
And the money quote?
Parson’s mother, Penelope Parsons, said she does not condone her son’s actions, but told the court he is a caring and helpful person.
Really, Mrs. Parsons? When? When he’s not living at home in his mother’s basement sexually torturing ten-year-olds?
Now, contrast this with this report from KETK news in Tyler Texas:
Mother that forced her children to have sex with each other – sentenced to life
By Tamara Jolee: May 9, 2008 at 9:06 PM CDT
TYLER – Shauntel Mayo – the woman that organized the “Mineola Swinger’s Club” and forced her own children to perform there – was found guilty in a Smith County Courthouse Thursday.
The jury decided 29-year-old Shauntel Mayo’s fate in less than five minutes.
She received the maximum sentence of life behind bars and required to pay a $10,000 fine for engaging in organized criminal activity. She will be eligible for parole in 25 years.
“The unthinkable,” said Smith County assistant district attorney Joe Murphy. “She had her kids have sex with each other and taught them to masturbate. She taught them how to strip. She withheld food from them. All so she could make money.”
The so-called “Mineola Swinger’s Club” is a place where Mayo forced her kids to go, if they wanted dinner.
Inside that ‘club’, which was a rented-out business that ironically once served as a daycare and hospital, Mayo and five others are accused of running an operation that forced young children to dance and perform sexual skits for food.
Five of the children are now in custody and three of them are Mayo’s kids.
Texas Ranger Phillip Kemp, the lead investigator in the case, testified Wednesday that he believes that at least 15 more kids ‘performed’ at the “Mineola Swinger’s Club” – but the investigation to locate them continues.
In March and less than 10 minutes after deliberating, a Smith County jury found Mayo’s live-in boyfriend, 36-year-old Jaime Pittman, guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child and he was sentenced to life behind bars. Mayo’s mother, Sheila Sones, is also charged in connection wtih this case.
At the times the alleged assaults took place in 2005, the defendant’s children were a five-year-old girl, six-year-old boy and seven-year-old girl. The sibling’s aunt and defendant’s sister, who was also six-years- old, also testified she was forced to dance and have sex with the other children.
One after another, the children described in graphic detail of a place they dubbed ‘kindergarten.’ At ‘kindergarten,’ they said they learned how to strip, dance and perform sexual acts. First on dolls, then on each other. They also testified about ‘silly pills.’ Those pills were what each kid described they were given before going on stage. Prosecutors testified that the pills were likely Vicodin.
Upon “graduating” from ‘kindergarten’ the children said they moved on to “perform” at the club. After patrons paid a fee to get in, the kids say they had sexual contact with other children in front of an audience – including siblings and family members.
Jury members — six men and four women — cried as the kids testified. The children would not look at their mother until prosecutors asked them to identify and article of clothing she was wearing.
Another great reason to live in Texas; we protect our kids.
Happy Mothers Day.
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