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

Friday, July 25, 2008

And he's still out of jail?

Bonnie over at My Life of Crime sent over this case from CNN a few days ago, and to be honest- I just couldn't figure out how it is that anyone, let alone a judge, could assume that allowing this man who has been convicted to remain free comes anywhere close to actually bring justice to his victims.

For nearly two years, the South Florida middle school art teacher forced the boy to have sex in a classroom supply closet. Sometimes, Aaron Mohanlal would call in sick to work, take the boy to his home for sex and drop the seventh-grader back off at school at the end of the day.

To keep the abuse secret, Mohanlal bought the 13-year-old a cell phone and created nicknames for their genitalia. When police arrested him, the teacher was caught on hidden video trying to destroy letters threatening the boy if he ever told.

He was arrested, he was tried and found guilty. He was even sentenced. But he's out on bail awaiting an appeal of his conviction.

"The idea of that monster being that close to my family again is outrageous," said the boy's father, who is often so overwhelmed with rage and sadness that he drives to a park, leans against a tree and sobs.

"What did we go through a trial for?" he said.

A man who identified himself as Mohanlal hung up on a CNN reporter who called his home in Port St. Lucie, Florida, his address on record with the state's sex offender registry.

Read the bond hearing transcript Read Mohanlal's curfew schedule

Mohanlal's appellate attorney, Tom Odom, refused to comment on the case beyond saying, "Everyone has a right to a first appeal."

Gold gave Mohanlal the right to live, work, travel and attend church in South Florida, according to numerous interviews and documents CNN has obtained. The judge ordered Mohanlal to wear a GPS device, register as a sex offender and surrender his passport.Mohanlal was allowed to post the $610,000 bond using his relatives' properties as collateral, the transcript shows.