Today we travel cross the pond for a head explosion-prompting episode. A charming young woman and mother named Loren Morris, now 21, began having sexual intercourse with an 8-year-old boy five years ago, and continued for two years until he was ten years old, involving about 50 forced sexual acts.
The boy, now 14, was overheard bragging about his premature sex life at school, and that led to his molester’s arrest and trial. This week a judge today gave Morris a two-year prison sentence at Worcester Crown Court. She will be eligible for release on parole after only a year.
This case is relevant to a couple of recent Ethics Alarms controversies. Presumably Morris is being sentenced leniently on the basis of her horrific crime being committed while she was a juvenile, even though she is an adult now. As I asserted in the stateside case of the juvenile assault ripening into a murder, I think a juvenile whose crime is only discovered and proven after he or she enters adulthood should be tried and punished as an adult. In the “affluenza” case, the judge was extremely lenient on the theory that the boy who caused the vehicular homicide was not fully responsible for his actions, and his character and future value to society might be salvaged with counseling and treatment. Morris has had three years of majority to see the error of her ways, report her own crime and make certain that her victim received compensation and treatment. She didn’t. Her character is formed, and her crime, or the consequences of it, was ongoing. There is no valid argument for this degree of leniency. Morris’s lawyer, however, actually argued that at 21 she was too young to comprehend the full significance of her actions. Really? Then she’s a menace to society, and needs to be locked away for a long, long time.
The “reasoning” of the British judge is especially infuriating. He said, (and I’m not making this up; if you plan on raping a little boy, do it in Great Britain)…
“I make no secret of the fact your case has given me cause for much consideration. I have come to the conclusion that due to the concern and embarrassment caused to both you and your family that you will not be offending again, let alone committing sexual offences.” Comment: What? I suppose the same could be said about Ariel Castro and Bernie Madoff: “After all this embarrassing publicity, I’m sure you won’t be locking up girls in your house and keeping them as sex slaves/ swindling thousands out of their life savings again….”
“I am also aware of the effect this will have on your baby.” Comment: Ah, yes, the mother defense. If the judge is so concerned about the child, perhaps he should consider finding it a mother that isn’t a child-rapist.
“I am pleased to hear your parents have started to build bridges with you.” Comment: “and that your dog still likes you…”
“That does not stop the fact though that you had full sexual intercourse with a child when he was eight to 10 years old – by his evidence it was upwards of fifty times.” Comment: No shit, Sherlock.
“It seems to me that I am bound to pass an immediate custodial sentence.” Comment: Yes, the judge is being apologetic about having to sentence a repeat child rapist. Hail Britannia!
“I take into account what has been said to me and the fact that you stopped the activity yourself. You realized it was wrong rather than being caught and forced to stop.” Comment. KABOOM. Jack the Ripper also stopped on his own.
“Therefore my sentence is one of two years. You will serve 12 months in prison before being released on licence.” Comment: You are an idiot. Two years of raping a little boy gets one year in jail. Heck, for a pedophile, it’s almost worth it!
Lest someone accuse me of gratuitous England-bashing, let me be clear: this is very pointed England-bashing. One of the more forced and irrational rationalizations I have heard, out of MSNBC and elsewhere, in defense of the U.S.’s weak, indeed, embarrassing response to Russia on the march, is that the United States has no moral standing in the world community to criticize another country for armed aggression, because we still permit the death penalty. That’s right: the United States still believes killing people is intolerable, and places the highest possible price on life. Good. In England,, the average murderer is back out on the streets in 14 years.When murder is treated so leniently by a culture’s criminal justice system, it is inevitable that child rapists will be coddled as well.
Now consider what would happen to a male who raped a little girl for two years in the United States….even if his parents did “build bridges” with him…
Facts: Daily Mirror