By Jonathon Van Maren
According to the UK’s Daily Mail, thousands of child abusers in California are being freed from prison just months after being locked up. Over 7,000 sex offenders imprisoned for “lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age,” for example, stayed behind bars for less than a year. Some of those freed in record time were guilty of raping children. This data—obtained from California’s Megan’s Law database—has been dubbed “terrifying and shameful” by criminal prosecutors who work hard putting sex offenders behind bars, with one LA prosecutor telling the Mail that the criminals being released are “frightening for society.”
According to the Daily Mail:
Others who committed some of the worst child sex crimes on the statute books served similarly short sentences, including 365 pedophiles convicted of continuous sexual abuse of a child who spent less than 12 months in prison, 39 cases of sodomy with a child under 16, and three cases of kidnapping a child under 14 ‘with intent to commit lewd or lascivious acts’, according to the data.
This is particularly worrisome because, as one prosecutor noted, the data “clearly show that pedophiles don’t get reformed. They’re going to come out and they’re going to commit again. Letting these people out early, we’re allowing for a lot more victimization. And that’s terrifying.” Sex offender Carlos Alexander Nahue, for example, pled “no contest” in January 2015 and was sentenced to a mere two days in the Los Angeles country jail (and five years probation)—he now lives three blocks from the Reseda Elementary School and a block from a daycare.