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, May 23, 2009

Kenneth Eugene Jackson

Kenneth Eugene Jackson starting abusing his two stepdaughters when they were 9 and 7. The abuse went as far as even getting the older child pregnant. Jackson had a previous conviction for sexual abuse prior to his encounters with the young girls. Thankfully, this time the judge seems to have gotten it right when sentencing this sexual predator:

Dressed in a mustard-colored jailhouse uniform, Jackson avoided eye contact with family members of the victims, who were in court for Wednesday's sentencing hearing.

During the emotional hearing, the victims' aunt pleaded with Judge Carol Ash to "throw the book" at Jackson, saying both girls have been through an unimaginably traumatic ordeal. The aunt said the older girl required a C-section operation to deliver her baby -- and couldn't walk across the stage for her eighth-grade graduation because she was in the hospital.

"She has that scar for the rest of her life," she said. "Mentally and physically, (the victims) are torn up. I don't think they will every get over it."

The victims' mother held back tears while speaking to Ash, saying that she cries about it "every other" day. "He took a whole lot from me and my children," she added.

The pleas of the women didn't fall on deaf ears. Ash issued a sentence of 130 years to life -- which means Jackson will be dead by the time he's eligible for parole. Ash called the crime "horrific," particularly because it resulted in a pregnancy.