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10 August 2006



esterday, a man here in Houston was found guilty of molesting a 7 year old girl. Normally, the sentence for an offense such as this would be 2 to 20 years prison time. The jury's choice was probation, or a prison term. HOWEVER, since this was his first offense, Jose Bernabe Flores, 30, and has never been convicted in the past, he was eligible for probation, which is what a jury gave him.

Okay, now perhaps it's just me. But does anyone else see anything wrong with this sentence? There HAD to be parents on this jury. I wish this guy lived next to one of these jurors. I bet their verdict would have been different.

A judge placed conditions on Flores' four years probation. He cannot be within 1,000 feet of places where children gather, such as schools and parks. Flores lives down the street from a school but it's 1050 feet. Technically, because of that 50 feet, he can live there. He cannot be alone with any child, including his son. Flores must also register as a sex offender, undergo counseling with a sex therapist and submit to random lie detector tests.

Now here's the real kicker... When Flores' defense attorney asked him in court if he would comply with the conditions of his probation, Flores said, "I'll think about it." Yes, you read that correctly. "I'll think about it."

Even at THAT point, if I were the judge, I would have over-turned the sentence and put him in prison for the maximum 20 years.

"I'll think about it" my ass.

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