Your criminal justice system at work

This is one of those instances of repeated insanity on the part of the judicial and correctional systems that defies comprehension.

A 53-year-old HIV-positive Toronto man has been charged in an assault on a 7-year-old boy.  This isn’t the first time he’s done so.

Despite being diagnosed with the potentially deadly illness more than 15 years ago, as well as two strains of hepatitis and syphilis, Donald Mumford has targeted kids in Calgary, Winnipeg, Sudbury and Parkdale since 1996.

And now, Toronto Police allege the 53-year-old groomed and molested a 7-year-old boy while volunteering at an east end thrift shop.

— Chris Doucette, “HIV pervert nabbed again“.  Canoe.ca / SUN Media, 25 May 2007.

Fortunately the seven-year old appears to have dodged a bullet and did not get infected with HIV.  His tormentor seems to have been through the criminal catch-and-release program no less than six (soon to be seven) times, though, if this Toronto Star report is reliable:

Prior to his sentencing in 1997, Mumford has five previous convictions for sexually abusing children…

— Adrian Ma & Rachel De Lazzer, “HIV+ man charged in assault on boy, 7“.  Toronto Star, 24 May 2007.

How many strikes does an STD-infected pedophile get before he gets taken out of circulation with the dangerous offender designation?  These situations only serve to distance our legislators, judges and corrections personnel from the public they serve.  Too many times it seems that we give offenders endless attempts at rehabilitation, and in so doing strip the law of its punitive / restitutive force.

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2 Responses
  1. On the bright side, if it gets any laxer, we citizens can take up vigilantism as a common, everyday practice…

  2. Chris Taylor says:

    I don’t know if I’d call that a positive, really… =) Might be stress-relieving, but ultimately I’d like to be able to have a high degree of confidence in the civil power’s law enforcement and correction functions.
    It would be nice if our legislators and judges took the matter a little more seriously.
    Review the sentences for this kind of repeat offender. Err toward the max rather than the min when sentencing recidivist pedophiles. Craft some new / amending legislation to keep them locked up if they reoffend say, two or three times. Five or six convictions should be an utter impossibility.
    The situation we have now where the public gets warned about high-offenders moving into their area is ludicrous. If they truly are high-risk offenders, maybe they ought to stay put a little longer until they become lower risk. Let’s not play the catch-and-release game any longer.