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One Strike and You’re Out: Is Redemption Possible for Luke Heimlich?

Luke Heimlich made this week after a missed registration deadline presented the Oregonian with an opportunity to revisit his past misdeed. Until his past was dredged up, Luke, a rising college baseball player, was slated to be a first day pick for the major league amateur draft. Predictably, there was immediate backlash with people crucifying Luke for his supposed duplicity and calling for more punishment. Then on Friday, Luke released a statement in which he excused himself from playing in the super regionals. The extremely harsh public reaction to Luke’s criminal history merely highlights our distorted view of crime and punishment today, but to what end?

As a teenager, Luke plead guilty for inappropriately touching a 6-year-old he knew. He was sentenced to 40 weeks in a juvenile detention facility, but the sentence was dropped after Luke completed both sex offender treatment and two years of probation. In a statement released Friday, Luke remarked he was “grateful” for the counseling he received.

We ought to accept Luke’s responsibility and calm down. This isn’t an “either.. or” situation. The criminal legal system has a responsibility to both parties. We can be deeply troubled by the harm caused to the 6-year-old, and we shouldn’t minimize the impact of the harm. We should also agree Luke met his legal and moral obligations for his past transgression.

As Oregon State President Ed Ray reiterated, “this case involves a criminal matter that was previously addressed by the judicial system in the state of Washington.” Luke admitted to and took responsibility for his actions. What we shouldn’t agree to is Luke’s endless public flogging. Full Article


Oregonian’s John Canzano and Danny Moran Complete Luke Heimlich Hit Piece

A look at some issues involving Luke Heimlich

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Boy those journalists sure helped everyone didn’t they? The public, which was in not in any danger from this man, can now rest easy. Luke, who admitted his mistake, took his punishment and has moved on, is now professionally destroyed. The victim, who has probably dealt with it in whatever way was/is needed, now gets to live it all over again, this time in the public eye. Yup, there sure was a “need to know,” you pompous, jack*ss “journalists.” Not every fact, truth, or story needs to be tossed in the public eye. Aside from outing Luke, where was the… Read more »

John Canzano does not know when he is way out of bounds here:

Oregonian Editor section with plenty of thoughts (arrogantly):

Very sad story. I was actually at the airport some weeks back and the OSU Team was right behind me. I have (won’t say how) a baseball background. This team is comprised of the best! You don’t make this team unless your surreal and very talented! The guy made a poor decision, paid his debt to society and is clearly moving forward! You don’t get a pitching position unless your very talented. I support him and think people need to move on! This is a success story!

It’s not a success story now. Now, his name and past have been drug to the present and ruined a lot. If this person wasn’t a successful pitcher, these writers wouldn’t care. They’re hyping this up to be more than it should be. Luke paid his dues and did all the state asked for. It should have been completed and, as a juvenile, his records shouldn’t be accessed. So here, we have a vigilante style hit on a registrant for minding his own business. It didn’t destroy him physically, but it affected his mental status (couldn’t pitch a game he… Read more »

New Person,

It’s not over. If we continue to think this way, we won’t get anywhere. Hopefully a brace team out there will draft him and he will continue to succeed. Let’s remain positive!

I just read the State of Washington allows you to (he is from Washington) petition releaf after 60 months for juveniles. I imagine he is working on this. Stay positive!


Even if he does get relief, the damage is already done. He’s being painted as a monster by those two writers. Have you read the editorial? Serving his time and doing all the counselling means nothing as these two writers are painting him as a monster beyond what was levied.

It’s official. He goes from top round prospect to not being drafted. Link: There’s actual proof that he was projected to go high. Those authors just ruined his life and he’ll never be able to re-surface in any baseball capacity. Probably needs to change his name once off the registry as well. It’s just a sad story all around. If he wants, he can probably sue the MLB for discrimination of employment. The registry wasn’t supposed to affect employment. It has. There’s proof he was supposed to go in the 2nd/3rd rounds of the draft. He didn’t get drafted… Read more »

Luke was passed over in the draft yesterday.


You guys clearly don’t know baseball. He might be processing his request at the moment! You don’t get on teams like his unless your brilliant! I almost think you guys enjoy putting people down. Why don’t you focus on yourselves, provide positive comments and be productive rather than counter productive., He can file his court request and be drafted next year or the year after. He is 21! Start reading up on baseball and remain positive. Nobody likes negative comments!

It would be nice if he could be drafted next year after processing the paperwork this August to relieve him of whatever he needs to do. Will that suffice for Oregon law? Problem is the stigma that goes with it will follow him unfortunately because of these clowns at the Oregonian and what they did. It is well known public knowledge now, which is a step beyond just public knowledge of the registry. Look, I want him to make it to Big Leagues and have a chance to pitch there, I really do. A lefty with command already of the… Read more »

I’m sorry, but you do know there are 40 rounds in the draft, right? You do know he was projected to be selected in the 2nd/3rd round. The link I provided said late first round selection. Not one team took a chance on him, not even in the 40th round! He posted numbers that are tops in the NCAA as a pitcher to where he was projected to go 2nd/3rd round. He just got blackballed for this draft. It’s a shame too. I hope he does pitch in the College World Series. He already let those authors get to him… Read more »

If I were him, I would call an attorney. He was penalized financially by the reporters outing his conviction as a MINOR. They acted with malicious intent. Not once, but a number of times as they have written numerous articles.
This is exactly what was told to SCOTUS, by Roberts himself, would not happen.
Now can we call BS?

SCOTUS drew the line between what is and is not constitutional with a wet noodle, intentionally. They saw what was happening and approved, and therefore they wanted a way for it to be allowed. By their own prejudiced words we had a frightening and high recidvism rate.
SCOTUS will have to draw a line with a crisp black sharpie, so everyone knows what is public safety and what is lawlessness masquerading under color of law and custom.

Because the press can bully under the guise of freedom of the press and speech, whether we like it or not.

NCAAs best team happy to bring back sex offender next year (NY Post)

If you read the article, Oregon State President Ed Ray doesn’t agree with Luke. Here’s a quote from the article you cited: ” Ray said he supports guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Education to allow individuals to register for college admission without revealing a prior criminal record, except in specific circumstances. However, Ray left open the possibility Oregon State’s policies could change in the future, following a review of the matter. “This review should consider the possibility that some offenses and situations are so serious that we should no longer let such a student represent the university in… Read more »

OSU is a state funded school and probably could not get away with what he is thinking. Public institutions like OSU can’t discriminate against students like what he is describing I would think, especially if the student is paying their own way. Scholarship may be something different due to the T&Cs of the scholarship.

Being a registrant doesn’t disqualify you from receiving federal grants and loans.

But wow… people like Luke shouldn’t represent the school? You’d think overcoming adversity and forging to becoming a better person should be a good representative for any school.

This is just a sad day… of many sad days for all registrants. We can go to school, but not represent the school in any sports capacity…. maybe in any capacity, if they’re going that far.

Sexual prudery. Many Americans suffer from it, but it is rare in other industrialized countries. It is part of the reason there is so much hysteria over sex offenders and fakery about sex offender recidivism. Fact is, 90% of kids are abused by someone in their circle – a family member, a trusted family friend or neighbor for example. Nearly 68% of abusers are immediate family members [parents, spouses, siblings, children and others connected by birth]. Stranger danger makes up only 10% of child sex abuse cases. Luke Helmlich was a juvenile at the time of the act. He was… Read more »

What is going on here this that the registry has nothing to do with protecting the public and it is a tool for harassment and shame, only. It is the core hindering victims coming forward, because they will not want their loved ones go through such torment. Most, ‘real’ sex abuse victims want their offenders be treated so they will not do it again. Luke’s victim is being re-victimize by this public hatred and treatment. Shame, shame and shame on these wicked people.

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