Horror Show Thursday: Learning Your Lesson

James SchookIn April, 2014, Reverend James R. Schook of the Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky, was convicted of “three counts of sodomy and one count of indecent and immoral behavior with an individual” for which he was sentenced to 15 years in prison.  But now, the good reverend wants out because, according to him, he’s “learned his lesson“.  An attorney for Schook is asking the judge to let him out of prison because he now “realizes the importance of obeying and conforming to the community’s rules” and he promises never to do it again.  That’s not really saying much because Schook has terminal cancer and won’t be around for much longer anyhow.  I vote we let him die behind bars.

The charges against Schook date back to the 1970s where he was convicted of three counts of sodomy in the second degree and four counts of sodomy in the third degree.  The only difference between the two types of sodomy is the age of the victims.  Second degree sodomy requires a victim between 12-13 years of age and third degree, a victim between 14-15 years of age.  So the good reverend has been sticking his dick in little boys, regardless of age, and I think the fact that he got away with it for nearly 40 years ought to deny him any leniency whatsoever in the courts. Let him rot.

Schook is the sixth priest in the Louisville Archdiocese to be convicted on sexual abuse charges.  So far, the Archdiocese has paid out nearly $30 million in damages to more than 250 victims.  Of the six convicted pedophiles, only two have ever been excommunicated by the church, four of them remain priests, although they are all forbidden to practice their priestly arts or present themselves as priests in public.

So what do you think? Should we let him out because he’s “learned his lesson”?  When you consider that he only entered the ministry in 1975 and the two molestations took place shortly thereafter, I’m pretty certain there are more victims than we currently know about.  There always are.  They just haven’t spoken up yet.  So let him out?  I don’t think so, he belongs on Horror Show Thursday, but maybe you have a different view?  Post it below in the comments.

 

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  1. It seems to me that the real purpose of incarceration of people found guilty of crimes against humanity (rather than crimes against property) is not "reform" or punishment, but to guarantee to society to whatever extent possible that the perpetrator can ever do such things again. This observation mainly applies to murders, but also to assaults, rapes, and certainly to pedophilia. In each of these cases, irreparable harm has been done to another Human Being. Since the vast majority of people would never purposely carry out such despicable acts, the only way to determine those few of us capable of doing so is to be found guilty of having committed them. It follows, therefore, that this "Priest" should never be set free, regardless of his professions of having had a change of heart. Society has an ongoing duty to prevent him from ever molesting another helpless youngster.

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