Originally Posted by jujibee
Honestly, I think he should be required to pay for therapy for his sister, but I am not even arguing about his sentence in that post.
What I am trying to draw attention to is the belief that has been posted on this thread that some crimes seem to be forgivable, if you are young when you commit them, as per the posts below.
Calling molesting a family member, multiple times, a "mistake" is just obscene.
I don't think anyone really said they are forgivable, but prison was completely pointless in this case. He isn't a child molester, he is a man who molested a child 35 years ago. He made an extremely huge error, he was vile and disgusting. But if 35 years on her has done nothing more of the sort and has lived a quiet life keeping to himself and doing nothing out of the way, then prison just isn't the right place for him.
Prison is ostensibly about rehabilitation, this man doesn't need prison, maybe some court mandated psychological assessment to see where his head is at, and then go from there, but Prison isn't the right way to go about it.
I'm 22 now and a completely different person to when I was 16, how much can a man change in 35 years? I know it doesn't change what he did, and I know it won't change how his sister feels but sending him on a custodial sentence just to get some punishment in, is completely ridiculous.
I agree he should have to pay for any therapy that his sister went through and is going through.
Oh, and if RE: If the crime had been a robbery he'd be in jail?
No, he wouldn't, not if it was that long ago.
No one is saying his crimes should be forgiven, but they also shouldn't be punished with prison this far on.