The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein



Monday, July 25, 2005

9 Years, Plus 4

Imagine being 12, imagine going to your friends house. Now imagine the father of that friend giving you and others your age alcohol, and then video taping the group as they begin to dance around. Filming even after things get a bit more adult like and you kids being flashing body parts. Now imagine that later the same night this father comes in and rapes you.

Well, that's not something one 12 year old in my town of Lima is having to imagine... it's what she will have to live with, every day for the rest of her life. I doubt many of us can imagine the issues this child will have to deal with. There are certain people you are suppose to feel safe with, and your friends parents should be able to make that short list.

John Sheridan, 49 was found guilty of rape of the 12 year old friend of his daughter, to which he received 9 years in prison; and four years for involving that girl and his own children in movie-making that featured dancing, undressing and exposing themselves. After his release, he will have to register as a sex offender every 90 days for the rest of his life. I know... your thinking "THAT'S ALL????" I am thinking it too. In 13 years the state of Ohio will release this bastard unto our streets. Into our neighborhoods. Someone remind me again why they aren't sticking a needle in his arm. Oh wait, I remember now- our public officials we delegated as legislators don't feel that the crime is befitting of the death penalty.