It must be easy for the attorney general’s office in Waynesboro to ignore the fact that they have just released a sexual predator convicted of raping a teenager and molesting two young children go free. After all, when they are hit square in the face with the question of why they dropped the attempt to keep him civilly committed beyond his original prison release date- all they had to do was say that they don't discuss those sorts of things with the public. You know, the same public who now has to deal with the fact that after being convicted in 1997 for the first rape, and 1998 for the molestation charges, Jeffrey W. Small will be roaming free once again.
Small, 32, was convicted of raping a 15-year-old girl in 1997 as she lay passed out at a party at his Staunton home, according to court records. While free on bond and awaiting trial on the rape charge, Small molested two young girls, 8 and 6, in January 1998 as he spent the weekend at the home of a Waynesboro woman.
Small was sentenced to eight years in prison on the rape and molestation charges and had an additional 16 months added on after being convicted of trying to intimidate a witness in the rape case, according to court records.
In October, the state filed court papers seeking Small’s civil commitment, a legal maneuver upheld by the United States Supreme Court in 1997 that allows states to keep convicted violent sex offenders committed indefinitely at a state-run facility. Virginia is just one of 17 states that engages in the practice of civil commitments for convicted violent sex offenders. Small’s original release date was Nov. 9.
Why even enact a law that allows these perverts to be civilly committed, if you have no plans on actually using the law? Instead, just goof around for 8 months, making it look like you're looking out for the general public, and then drop everything.
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And be sure you don't miss this 'opps, we didn't want to have to explain that!!' remark:
“This office does not discuss the internal decision making process in civil commitment cases. Mr. Small has been placed on a very strict conditional release, and will be closely monitored to ensure that he abides by all the terms and conditions of that conditional release,”
Besides just committing these crimes, Small was also in trouble for trying to intimidate a witness in the rape case, and more than 30 prison infractions during his more than nine years behind bars... geez aren't we glad he'll be out free.