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When pedophiles can’t help themselves

– Why would any justice system enter into a plea bargain agreement with convicted pedophile and rapist Peter Whitmore?
Why was this guy, who at age 36 has a conviction record for pedophilia dating back to at least 1993 (when he was 22) — not declared a “dangerous offender” and declared ineligible for future parole?
Instead, as part of his agreement for pleading guilty in a Regina court, Whitmore was sentenced to life imprisonment — with a chance for parole in seven years.
Justice Ian McLellan sees no problem with the plea bargain, because he says the life sentence is virtually the same as a dangerous offender designation — the guy ain’t likely to be turned loose on society, as he has been in the past.
That, surely, isn’t the point.
If someone like Whitmore isn’t considered a dangerous offender, then few will ever warrant that designation.
After seven years of good behaviour in an environment where there are no young boys, his chances of being paroled are encouraging. At least, that’s what he thinks, or hopes for.
Whitmore’s most recent conviction is the stuff of horror novels — kidnapping two boys, aged 14 and 10, and forcing horrendous sex acts on them — is something he’s repeatedly done over the years. Sometimes with impunity; periodically with being caught.
A dozen years ago in Toronto, immediately after he was released from prison, he was arrested with a boy in his hotel room. The lucky kid was saved — unlike the two recent ones, who will forever be traumatized and changed.
The guy’s a pedophile, which means his brain is so screwed up he can’t stop himself molesting boys. In order to protect future victims, Whitmore (and from my viewpoint, all confirmed pedophiles) should be kept away from exposure to the very temptations they cannot resist.
If pedophiles can’t help themselves, we should help them by removing them from the company of children.
Not many of the targets of pedophiles are found in prisons.
Despite the horrors of the Regina case, declaring the Peter Whitmores of society “dangerous offenders” isn’t punishment or reprisal, but a gesture to deter repetition.
The same should apply to recidivist rapists.
For some reason, rape isn’t viewed as particularly offensive by our courts — witness the generosity in sentences often dished out to offenders. How often do we learn from the media that a paroled or freed rapist has raped again?
Back to Whitmore. Plea bargains sometimes are necessary to avoid lengthy investigations and trials, or even to get a conviction. Too often they are a way to keep the flow moving through over-crowded jails.
There seems no necessity for plea bargaining in Whitmore’s case. There was no need for him to plead guilty — his guilt could have been established clearly and irrefutably in an hour or so. Was the Crown just lazy, and seeking a quick way out? Who knows.
But a “dangerous offender” designation for Whitmore would have sent a message to the country that there’s little leniency or tolerance for pedophilia.
But that wasn’t done. Wait until next time, perhaps.