Monday, September 09, 2002

I believe people's names and faces should not be in the news until after they are convicted, so I usually don't follow crime stories and trials while they are in the news. Last night, I watched a portion of a television news segment about the boys just found guilty of murdering their father in the Florida, while a 40-year-old family friend was acquitted of the same offense.

Most of the debate and analysis on this case is focusing on whether children this young should be charged as adults, but something else struck me when I listened to the 13-year-old describe in court his sexual relationship with the 40-year-old man and how the kid thought he was in love with the man. This kid will very soon be in a world of pain. When his fellow inmates learn his story, he'll be the sexual slave of 16- and 17-year-olds in juvenile detention, and he will continue this lifestyle when he is tranfered to prison as an adult. After 20 years of complete degradation, no self-respect, and rage, he'll be released back into the real world. What do you think the chances are of him committing a violent crime when he gets out of prison?

Those unfamiliar with the story can read about it HERE.