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

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

You Should Die In Jail

That might just be one of the most fitting comments ever ottered by a judge, and likely one of the truest also.

A young girl who was molested by a trusted elderly family member sat in court with her parents Tuesday, listening as a New London judge sentenced 80-year-old James J. Nieto to 30 years in prison.

“You should die in jail,” Judge Stuart M. Schimelman told Nieto after referencing “heartbreaking” evidence of damage to the girl and her sister.

While the victim was set to give her impact statement, she opted out shortly before it was time, and her mother took her place instead, sharing the feelings that countless other parents have when they find their child has been terrorized by some sexual deviant:

Their mother spoke on their behalf, giving free rein to the anger that had grown since she discovered Nieto, of New Rochelle, N.Y., molested her daughters during gatherings at a relative's home in Voluntown. She said Nieto had destroyed her children's trust. The children are related to Nieto through marriage.

“I hope while you're in prison, the same thing happens to you,” she said. She wished on him the same feelings of being small and overpowered. She hoped there would be nobody for him to talk to or trust. She told him to “live for a long time” with the knowledge of what he did to her daughters.