Letters to the Editor

Puzzling plea deal

According to the May 5 edition of the Progress, a man charged with 1,215 counts of child sex abuse has agreed to accept a plea agreement with the commonwealth.

A part of this agreement is that he be evaluated to determine if he is a sexually violent predator. One girl testified that he threatened to kill her family if she told anyone about the abuse. How violent does he have to be?

I realize that plea bargains are common in the court system; however, the line must be drawn somewhere, and I believe child molestation should be far across that line.

Where in this plea bargain is the justice for these young girls? One of the primary purposes of our laws is the protection of our children. How does this plea bargain protect them?

All I see is a message to any would-be predators to go ahead and do what you want — you can always take a plea bargain if you get caught.

It will be interesting to see what sentence has been agreed on.

Isn’t it great to live in a country that lets you help decide what your punishment for a crime will be?

Charles Lauver, Clearfield

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