Published March 20, 2006
This week, we saw yet another convicted sex offender, out of jail and accused of raping children.
Police say 47-year-old Kenneth Hinson abducted two 17-year-old girls, raped them and left them for dead in a dungeon in his backyard.
The dungeon had no ventilation and there was a weighted bench on top of the trapdoor. But those two courageous teens managed to kick off the door and run for help. Police say they would've suffocated had they not broken free.
Hinson appeared before a judge and was charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, burglary and assault and battery with intent to kill.
What a surprise: This was not the first time Hinson had a run in with the law. He was convicted in 1991 of raping a 12-year-old girl and sentenced to 18 years in prison, but served only 9 years! Why are so many of these predators allowed back on the streets? If he had served his full sentence, he would've been in jail this week, not standing accused of viciously raping two girls and leaving them to die.
This brings me to some important points on how to protect our nation's most vulnerable souls: our children.
First, there should be no early release for sex offenders — period! Second, all states need to enact a program of mandatory notification when a sex offender moves in to a neighborhood. And third, the burden shouldn't be on the victims to check Internet sites, states must adopt a plan to be proactive in notifying you of a sex offender living in your neighborhood.
Until that happens, if you want to protect yourself and your family, visit: www.registeredoffenderslist.org
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