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, May 15, 2009

Timothy Burke

After failing to convince the court that the blame for his acts of molestation against two children laid with the allegation that he had been molested as a child himself, Timothy Burke was sentenced to 30 years to Life in prison.

It is very difficult for me to explain what happened,” the 37-year-old Shelby man told the court. “The potential was created the first time I was molested.

“I have no better explanation for my sudden rash of behaviors. I behaved as that child, exploring the forbidden and unknown.”

Burke was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for 16 sex-related counts involving children. Burke molested a boy and a girl, both younger than 10, and videotaped a naked preteen girl between Sept. 4 and Dec. 3.

Last month, Burke rejected a plea bargain in which he would cop to five counts in exchange for a recommended sentence of 30 years to life. He instead pleaded guilty to all counts and took a chance he would get a lesser sentence. He could have received a minimum of 15 to life and a maximum of 88 to life.

I've never believed the notion that a child who is molested is destined to grow up to be a molester himself, rather I believe it's rarely anything more than an attempt to continue to shift the blame to someone else. In fact, the very idea that Burke first refused a plea offer hoping to sway the court into believing he was "innocent" of these crimes only proves the fact that once again, we have a sexual deviant attempting to sweep away any responsibility he actually has for his actions.

But it's not just his willingness to overlook the gravity of his actions that is disgusting- this thing actually had supporters in the court with him, willing to brush away the serious nature of his actions and pretend that a new found belief in God should redeem him.