WARNING: SERIOUS BLOG POST
Sometimes our criminal justice system works. We have been in the throes of a very serious situation as a family. My ex-sister-in-law moved a tier-3, (the highest level), sex offender into her home with our niece, who is ten years old. A detective visited my brother to inform him of this situation less than a week ago. My family immediately came together and filed a temporary order to give my brother full custody of our niece. Today was the hearing.
I am happy to report the judge took my brother's side in this and gave him another five weeks to file for full custody. He informed my ex-SIL that our niece was to have absolutely no contact with this dangerous man, or she could lose her rights as a mother. Permanently. He has been in prison more than once, killed a man in a vehicular homicide, been arrested for spousal abuse, and had an incestuous relationship with his then 9 year old daughter. That relationship included digital penetration, fellatio, full penetration, and had occurred over a period of time. He pleaded guilty rather than go before a jury. He told my ex-SIL that he had only put cream on his daughter because she was chafed. He went to prison and was out in three years. Unbelievable.
What is frightening? This can happen to anyone at anytime. An at-risk family member putting children in danger by believing the lies these predators are uniquely qualified to tell. They insinuate themselves into single-parent families and then wait for their chance. We have absolutely no doubt this was the case with our darling little girl. She had already been asked to shave his back! Can you imagine?
I'm telling you all of this because we have to put some teeth into the laws to protect our children from these predators. Please press your local lawmakers to insist these creeps serve their full sentence, make them wear ankle bracelets, and keep the pressure on them at all times. Be aware of your own family members that could be at risk. If in doubt, call the authorities.
In this case the system worked. The police, judge, lawyers, social services, and family came together and, hopefully, averted a terrible crime against an innocent child. But they are everywhere. In Washoe County alone there are 1100 sex offenders. Check the websites. Be aware at all times. Because, believe me, they are watching for an opportunity.