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

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Dear Santa

With just ten days till Christmas, one holiday tradition is getting a bit more attention than normal...

Every year, tons of letters are written to a jolly old man who is believed to break into homes on Christmas Eve and leave an assortment of toys under a lit tree, before stopping just long enough to steal cookies and milk and heading off to the next home.

The letters, which in years past have included sweetly innocent requests like "Dear Santa, I'll be good next year if you bring me a Wii this year" and "Santa, none of that stuff was my fault, please bring me Air Hogs, Games, a computer, a cell phone and seriously- no cloths", are now reportedly asking for more simple things- the homes children's parents lost to foreclosure, a new job for dad, money for groceries... and now Santa is reportedly being asked to stop the sexual abuse of children.

A 55-year-old Pharr resident was arrested after a young relative wrote a letter to Santa Claus wishing that the man would stop molesting her. The 9-year-old girl wrote the letter and turned it in at Cesar Chavez Elementary School. A counselor at the school "reported that the student had turned in a wish list to Santa wishing for her (relative) to stop touching her and her sister," according to a probable cause complaint.
Despite having grown up without the benefit of celebrating Christmas, I've been lucky enough to have three kids to teach me the value of Santa, and the innocent beauty that lies in the belief that something magical happens when a child makes a special request to him. To imagine a little child neglecting their desires for toys, because they have a problem so big they imagine Santa is the only one that can assist them is heart breaking. A child turning to an imaginary character rather than an adult they know in real life is saddening. And to know that their request was one so serious is mind blowing.
Investigators believe Andres Enrique Cantu had molested the girl throughout a four-year period, according to the complaint. Cantu's relationship to the victim is not being disclosed to protect her identity. The years of sexual abuse allegedly occurred in the girl's bedroom while family members slept. Cantu was arrested Friday and charged with continuous sexual abuse of a young child. His bond was set at $100,000. If convicted, Cantu could face 25 to 99 years in prison.
We can only hope that in the spirit of the season, the judge sits in his black robe, and on behalf of the man in the red robe, gives the max sentence in this case. Source