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

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Thomas Wolverton

There is an editorial from Jeff Webb, editor of editorials at the St Petersburg Times covering the recent highlighting of the botched case of Thomas Wolverton. He's a convicted sexual offender, whose victims were 4, 5, and 7. He'd spent just 6 years in prison, and then was released without any SOR requirements. He'd promptly moved into a place that was extremely close to an elementary school in Brooksville. The errors that lead to all of this was only 'caught' when the mother of the victims spotted him and began asking questions.

Webb makes some very good points on the entire case, while giving an update on the current status, and the editorial is worth taking a few moments to read. I won't get into the entire piece to deeply, because I really do want you to read it, but out of fear that some of you just won't click over regardless of how much I insist that you do- I want to share the last lines of his writings.

This big boy, whom I will forever more refer to as Wolverton-'O-Goo, deserved a bigger sentence. And the little ones he physically and emotionally desecrated deserved a better effort from the adults whose responsibility it was to avenge them.

Looking at a lot of recent news stories- one locally where the perp was actually sentenced to 20 days for victimizing a 13 year old, another case that while it wasn't sexual abuse- it was some of the worst abuse I've read about in a long while- really brings that last point home for me. These children, the ones in this case and the ones in so many other cases deserve better effort from those responsible to avenge them, and sadly, many of those deserved better from those that were responsible to PROTECT them in the first place. If we can not provide better, if we can't put the effort out there, than we are really failing children everywhere.