September 21, 2004

Just What A Parent Needs To Read

You want scary? Halloween is coming early.

Man charged with attempted kidnap at library: (New Bedford Standard Times)

The boy was waiting for his mother outside the women’s room on the library’s ground floor when the nearby elevator opened, the boy’s father said yesterday.
Mr. Lafleur and Mr. Veiga were in the elevator staring at the boy, when Mr. Lafleur allegedly suggested they “snatch him,” the father said.
One of the men took a step toward the boy, according to police reports.
“He was like holding open the elevator door, and said ‘snatch him, snatch him,’ and pointed at (my son),” said the 43-year-old father, who was waiting in the family car outside during the incident.

Confirmation for all overprotective parents like myself that we are not actually overprotective. A freaking Mystic River moment.

The librarian “came back and said ‘They’re still here, what do you want to do?’ And I said, ‘I think I want to make a police report, because you never know, one of them could be a child molester or something,’” the father said yesterday.

Turns out he was. Level 3 sex offender. Unreal.

Posted by James at September 21, 2004 5:14 PM
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This story made my blood run cold. This sounds like a bad movie. That poor kid must be freaked out and will now be afraid to be alone. Can you imagine standing alone in a hallway and having two men say they're going to snatch you? Do you run, and could you get away? Do you scream, and would anyone hear you? If I had kids, I'd be paranoid. If I _was_ a kid, I'd be paranoid after reading this.

I am, at the same time, disquieted by the comment made by the father: "What surprised me was, if they knew who these people were, why do they let them in somewhere where there are children?"

How on earth would you propose to do that? Make all uf us carry a national identity card? That was proposed for healthcare and people went ballistic. Then we'd all have to show id to get into any public place, which would turn us into a police state. No thanks.

If these people at level 3 are this dangerous, is it unreasonable to put them in a detention facility that isn't a jail per se? Would we as a society be able to justify that a person's likelihood to reoffend is enough? I don't know. If that bargain is made, would it be applied to rapists as well, seeing it's not just children that get attacked by sexually disfunctional wackos?

Just asking a few questions here.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 22, 2004 8:46 AM

We had a similar discussion at work yesterday (Ryan and I) before I even saw this story. So it was an odd coincidence.

High risk reoffenders are a serious problem, not only in the obvious sense they are so dangerous in preying upon the helpless and the damage that they can do, but from a civil rights perspective. Another story yesterday in the Globe mentioned a new initiative to tag the worst 200 Level 3 offenders in the state with geolocating transmitters.

Imagine if the public got the frequencies. We might have a new inverse-geocaching sport of "avoid the level-3 sex offender." Not to make light, but that is what we're talking about, isn't it? No one wants to come into contact with these dangerous people.

We have 2 in our town (registered, anyhow) and I've already committed their faces to memory.

But check the registry for Fall River or New Bedford and your memory had better be pretty good.

Posted by: James at September 22, 2004 9:30 AM

I just read this story on Apparently, you _can_ put a pedo in jail for life.

Paedophile receives life sentence

A paedophile who boasted of beating his own "record" of sexually abusing 142 boys in a year, has been given a life sentence at Plymouth Crown Court.

Posted by: Patti M. at October 4, 2004 4:27 PM

I'd prefer a death sentence for the S.O.B. Of course, I've heard his kind are not well treated in prison, so I suppose this IS more fitting than a swift and painless death.

Posted by: briwei at October 4, 2004 4:40 PM

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