Once A Pedophile…

In Brisbane there is a convicted child molester facing court over an attempted abduction of a 12 year old boy. It seems he was released from prison last July and was supposed to be wearing an electronic monitoring device. He grabbed the boy from behind in a park but the lad managed to escape. I presume that is how the police pinged him once the boy escaped and reported the time and location. This worm had allegedly been through the counselling and what have you that made him safe to return to society. He was on an 8 year parole like program for sex offenders. And yet it all failed. He returned to his old habits.

It begs the question whether a leopard can change his spots. In the case of these sick people, I say no. They are sick, mentally very ill. If one believes that being not like most people as being ill (a person with cholera is not like those without cholera) when it comes to such vastly different behaviour, then he is ill. It has to be something in his ‘wiring’ that makes him want to do this, that makes him think it is alright to go ahead and give in to his urge.

I have sympathy for the mentally ill, probably more so than many men of my generation, but there comes a time and a place when you have to stop being understanding and start being firm and definite in your choices for dealing with these criminals. They are criminals, even if the motive stems from mental illness. What they do is a crime and that needs to be addressed. In the case of mental illness causing the crime, perhaps punishment is the wrong path to follow. I don’t think rehabilitation works, it hasn’t in this case. So what are we left with but isolation. Is that a trip we wish to take as a society? For the sake of our kids we isolate pedophiles for the rest of their lives? Why not do the humane thing and euthanize them? But that would be capital punishment and we have agreed we are not punishing them for being ill…

You can see from that paragraph how complex the debate can easily become, even a hypothetical discussion on a blog quickly uncovers the paradoxes. So don’t be too quick to condemn the authorities, the corrective services, the psychologists and the law makers. It is not a problem with an easy to find solution. If it were, that 12 year old boy would never have been at risk.

3 Responses to “Once A Pedophile…”

  • Stanley Kubrick made a film about a good solution called Clock Work Orange. In that film it was about curtailing violent crime including rape but wouldn’t be good if the same techniques could be used to stop these sexual predators. The methods employed were not science fiction and would not need to be as extreme as depicted in Clock Work Orange. We need to kick the psychologists out and let in some NLP practitioners to work with these people.

  • Melissa M:

    Dr David Kenneth Cochrane Registered Sex Offender Six Counts of rape including minors, three counts of indecent assault all involving patients dating back to the early millennium. Psychiatrist 6 months in Jail, 2 years probation, including 6 month license suspension. North Bay Canada Ontario and now re-employed for the regional health centre.

  • Melissa M:

    Dr David Kenneth Cochrane Registered Sex Offender Six Counts of rape including minors, three counts of indecent assault all involving patients dating back to the early millennium. Psychiatrist 6 months in Jail, 2 years probation, including 6 month license suspension. North Bay Canada Ontario and now re-employed for the regional health centre. etc

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