Having prosecuted and defended people charged with child molesting offenses, I can tell you that there is no other crime I despise as much as this one. The reason is the same regardless of which side of the courtroom I’m on. If the defendant committed the crime, the law doesn’t allow the punishment they deserve.
However, there are also a fair number of people serving long sentences for child molesting who didn’t do anything. Once the machinery of the state gets a complaint, they automatically consider the victim’s story as true. Denials by a suspect are considered lies. In fact, I have had more than one trained interviewer admit that when they do an interview of a child, the interviewer’s goal is to get a statement, not necessarily the truth. Children can be coaxed, coached or even coerced to make these allegations. In response to the original poster’s comment about making allegations against a priest to extort money from the church, don’t be shocked. Don’t assume the child’s statements have to be true; young children do not understand the adult ramifications of these allegations. There are shady parents out there who would do this for money, just as there were no doubt priests who abused kids. It’s a sick world out there.
That’s why I despise these cases. There is no excuse for the sexual abuse of children. However, our system of determining whether abuse happened or not is far from perfect. There are often only two people who know the real truth, and there is just as often no real way of determining who is telling it.
In this case, however, it appears you have adult witnesses to the sodomization and a long, long trail of incidents.
So I think it’s a pretty solid case.
You make some very valid points. Excellant, articulate post.