Thursday, June 11, 2009

Texas: A Big State But So Few Options

This is damn wrong.
An 18-year-old who has profound mental disabilities was sentenced to 100 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges in a sexual abuse case involving his 6-year-old neighbor. The teenager, Aaron Hart, was arrested and charged after a neighbor found him fondling her stepson in September. He pleaded guilty to five counts, including aggravated sexual assault and indecency by contact, and a jury decided his punishment. Judge Eric Clifford in Lamar County said neither he nor jurors liked the idea of prison for Mr. Hart but felt there was no other option. “In the state of Texas, there isn’t a whole lot you can do with somebody like him,” Judge Clifford said. Mr. Hart has an IQ of 47 and was diagnosed as mentally disabled as a child. He cannot read or write and speaks unsteadily.

"No other option." Let's look on the bright side: at least they didn't go with the death penalty.

Stay classy, Texas!

(I still can't believe this story is for real!)

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