California has released thousands of convicted pedophiles even though they only spent a few months in prison.
Thousands of these pedophiles have been convicted of “a range of horrific acts” including the rape of children under the age of 14.
According to an investigation by the UK’s Daily Mail more than 7,000 persons convicted of “lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age” were released in the same year they were convicted. Convicts who committed even more heinous crimes, such as child rape and child sodomy have also served short sentences.
Current and former sex crime prosecutors said the figures are ‘terrifying’ and ‘shameful’.
More than 7,000 sex offenders were convicted of ‘lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age’ but were let out of prison the same year they were incarcerated, data from the California Megan’s Law database says.
Others who committed some of the worst child sex crimes on the statute books served similarly short sentences, including 365 pedophiles convicted of continuous sexual abuse of a child who spent less than 12 months in prison, 39 cases of sodomy with a child under 16, and three cases of kidnapping a child under 14 ‘with intent to commit lewd or lascivious acts’, according to the data.
Former Los Angeles sex crimes prosecutor Samuel Dordulian told DailyMail.com he was ‘shocked’ by the statistics and described them as ‘frightening for society’.
Statistics clearly show that pedophiles don’t get reformed. They’re going to come out and they’re going to commit again,’ Dordulian said.
‘Letting these people out early, we’re allowing for a lot more victimization. And that’s terrifying.’