A pastor pleaded guilty Monday to touching a child for lustful purposes 38 years ago, avoiding prison time; however, he will forever be listed as a sex offender.
Wade _____, of Corinth, stood with Oxford attorney Ray Garrett before Lafayette County Circuit Court Judge Gray Tollison on Monday and told the judge he understood the rights he was giving up by pleading guilty and that he was pleading guilty because he was “guilty of the charge.”
_____, 60, was sentenced to five years in prison; however, the sentence was suspended and he will be on unsupervised probation for five years. He must immediately register as a sex offender and pay $50 a month toward fines and court fees for the duration of his probation.
Multiple people worked hard to prosecute him and he got a relatively light sentence, so it seems clear that they knew being on the registry is a severe punishment, not just a Price Club membership!
Wait. This guy pleads guilty to molesting a girl and gets a suspended sentence, yet 18 yr old students get prison time for a few photos exchanged with teen GFs? Not exactly a balanced system
Court records show he “touched” the girl in 1988. But the article also says he pled guilty to molesting the girl 38 years ago which was 1984. They need to get the math straight
There was no Statute of Limitations back in 88? There is none in CA now, but that is as a result of two extensions. Back in ’88 it was 8 years.
It would appear that this man is in fact guilty of at least this one incident. The article indicates he wrote a letter of apology in which he admits to the circumstances alleged.
Obviously, taking the plea deal means nothing with regards to his guilt. I was ready to take a plea for selling CP for profit if I needed to….despite never doing that…not even once. Cops said I did…provided no evidence of these nonexistent activities…but said I was doing it, “Extensively”. So, taking a plea deal means absolutely nothing with regards to guilt. That letter, if authentic, kinda does however.
This….38 years ago? Thirty….eight….years? Is there even a point to prosecuting this, other than media grandstanding and revenge? It is suggested that there were other girls. Even if that is so, assuming they are also decades old incidents, I still see no point. Show me something fresh on this menu! Show me a victim that isn’t over 50!
Yes, I understand that child SO can have lifelong implications for the victim. However, dragging this man into court now? I see no point to that.
I have mentioned some instances from my past on this forum. Incidents that took place decades ago. The neighbor teen that took pictures….the movie theater creep that wanted to give me a, “Ride home”. The Boy Scout camp Shower Shark 🚿🦈. Would I want to prosecute these people today, given the opportunity? No, I would not.
Movie theater creep…almost certainly dead. He was, early 60’s back ’84….so…yeah.
Neighbor teen would be in his, mid-50’s now. Look, he either stopped doing these things…or…either way, I feel no need to get him now.
🚿 🦈 …ehhh…I wouldn’t mind seeing him go down, but I wouldn’t so much as twitch my little finger to make that happen. He’d be in his mid to late 70’s now…at least 70. He sharked me in like…’85…so yeah. Oh wait….maybe I would?
I guess there is a reason to dredge up ancient history!
🚿 🦈 =💵?
This man was 22 at the time of his offense, but apparently 38 YEARS of living offense free was not enough to dissuade a few discontented individuals from coming bank for another pound of flesh. There is no hope and help for such people. They are in a prison of their own making that is far worse than any devised by man.
Suspended sentence and unsupervised release for molesting, sexually assaulting and almost raping a teenage girl. Unheard of. How do they decide and judge who gets a slap on the wrist and who gets Prison Time and Lifetime Supervision?