The N&O reports of the disturbing arrest of a Wake County man on charges of raping a child. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time he’s been accused of this heinous act. He was charged with a similar crime just over a year ago, but was allowed to plea to a lesser charge and receive only two years probation for the offense.
Yep, that’s right. Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby agreed to a plea bargain to let a man accused of raping a child to receive no active time in prison and just two years probation by pleading to indecent liberties with a child. That plea deal was entered just over a year ago, July 29, 2008.
If Willoughby had demanded jail time for even the lesser offense (a Class F felony), the felon would have received 13-16 months in prison — or would still be locked up today and unable to commit the crime.
But he didn’t, and this monster was allowed back on the streets to commit his heinous crime again. Unfortunately, some on the left think we should reduce the penalties for people like this, who commit crimes multiple times. But isn’t one of the most important (if not the most important) job responsibility of our state government is to keep people like this out of society?
I’m sure this isn’t an isolated incident. How many more child rapist or molesters have been allowed to plea to lesser crimes, receive no prison time, only to commit the same crime again? How many more times does this have to happen for the citizens of North Carolina to catch on?