Light sentence for child sex trafficker

May 26, 2011

I am a 17-year-old student who is responding to the article, "Glen Burnie an gets 10 years for child sex trafficking"(Baltimore Crime Beat blog, May 11). From what I have read, many details were included but some questions seemed to still be unanswered. For example, was the 12- year-old victim abducted, or did she willingly go along with the suspect? I also wonder how long the young girl was missing before police were contacted. After reading this article it made me think, what would make a 43 year old man stoop so low and do something like this to a minor?

I saw that the suspect was sentenced to 10 years in prison. In my opinion, I think this was giving him a huge break because he deserved more time for stealing a child's innocence. I believe he probably should not be released back into society because he could do something like this again. I don't feel that the parents of the child will have much justice because he will be out in a few years and could possibly go back and harm another innocent child. In addition to a longer sentence, the suspect should also go through therapy. People like him need the help to see what has happened in their lives to make them so mentally unstable, instead of just locking them up.

Kelsey Reed, Baltimore

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