Gardner had already been sentenced for the beating and molesting of a 13-year-old girl in San Diego, California, in 2000. He served just five years, of the six year prison sentence. He had a verifiable track record and the court-appointed psychiatrist stated that he was a “continued danger to underage girls” and “an extremely poor candidate for treatment.”
The Dubois/King case has sparked an uproar that demands a real change in how the state deals with sexual predators. Chelsea’s parents, Brent and Kelly King, have led the fight by introducing new legislation “Chelsea’s Law” that desires, “to allow life sentences for some convicted child molesters in California and lifetime electronic monitoring of others. The bill, which cleared its first legislative committee last month, would also ban sex offenders from parks.” This is a needed step in addressing a serious issue, but is it truly a deterrent to this criminal behavior? Will a sex offender stop because he might be sentenced for life, or have to wear an electronic monitor? Will a law that states, stay out of parks, keep the sexually sick in line? This legislation is not enough and those who find it restricting need to look into the eyes of a child close to them and ask who deserves protection: the innocent or the deviant?
Victims of these type of crimes hurt forever and no amount of legislation or punishment will take away the pain. Protecting the most vulnerable from the most evil should be for any humane society, a top priority. Somewhere along the line, we have tragically missed the mark of a humane and just society, by treating the unrepentant criminal with more respect than the victim. Someone must speak out and protect the children of this country, because the predator only grows bolder in his crime when left unchecked and validated by a society with a skewed value system.