April 20, 2005
The body of a 13-year-old girl, Sarah Michelle Lunde, has been found in Ruskin, Florida.
She was the victim of a sex offender, who was let out of prison after serving 5 1/2 years and had been convicted of sexual battery with physical force.
Why are we seeing so many of these sex offenses?
Little girls disappear and their bodies are found.
Sex offenders are arrested.
There are more than 400,000 known sex offenders.
Experts say they are the most difficult to transform.
Many commit new offenses after they are released from prison and some kill.
My question is, what are we doing to protect the innocent?
Why are they being released among us when the likelihood they will molest, rape and kill again is higher than for most other crimes?
Doesn't the public have a right to be protected from these predators?
My personal preference is to render them incapable of ever raping anyone again, or to impose the death penalty on them.
Innocent children are looking to the adults to protect them but we don't seem to be doing a very good job.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.