A man burglarizes a business, gets caught, pleads guilty and is sentenced to serve two years in prison.
Another man molests a 13-year-old girl, fondles her before she flees the home, takes a lesser plea deal because the victim is too scared to face him in court and is sentenced to five years house arrest. Mind you, five years house arrest in the same place where he committed the molestation.
Is there something wrong with this comparison?
To me, there is most certainly something wrong. To me, it appears that property is more valuable than a child’s innocence. The fact that a burglar will spend at least two years behind bars and a man who molests a young teenager will never see a jail cell baffles me.
Such is the case with Charles Spiars, whose plea deal is detailed on the front page of this newspaper. He pleaded guilty to a lesser crime because his victim did not want to testify in front of him in court. Because of fear, he was sentenced to contributing to the delinquency of a minor instead of gratification of lust. He will not have to register as a sex offender even though he is a predator. And he will be required to stay inside the very home where he fondled his victim.
He lives on Tinsley Road, so I suggest that if you have children in that area be mindful that a predator remains in the area.
I know my opinion may come off as harsh, but I think that it is ridiculous that it seems as if this 74-year-old man got away with fondling a 13-year-old.
Our local court system should pursue the possibility of two-way video conferencing or some sort of digital avenue that would allow the victims, particularly children, the opportunity to testify without their abuser intimidating them in court through fear. With the amount of technology we have available to us, I don’t think that would be a hard wish to grant.
Abusers thrive on fear.
Trust me, I know. For a short period of my childhood, an abuser lived under the same roof as my mother and I.
And with that fear, abusers take the very thing that makes a child special…their innocence. Abusers show children that the world is not always a good place. It is tainted, filled with people who may have bad intentions. And once that innocence is taken, there is no getting it back.
A 13-year-old girl was stripped of her innocence when a man fondled her inside his home. And the fact that he will never spend a night behind bars concerns me.
I have three children of my own, and I will be the first to admit it would be very hard to let the law and justice handle a situation if they were abused.
And Spiars’ sentencing shows that sometimes the law and justice aren’t fair. And his freedom shows that monsters do live among us. And they are not always behind bars like they should be.