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1 February 2007 at 9:40 p.m.
My children do know about these kinds of people and they do know that if something was to happen that they will come and talk to me, they are well aware,however I am not sure that all pedophiles do that thing of “grooming” families as it is put. My ex husband didn't have anyones trust in my family and he still did that. What bridy has said is intirely true. I am going to quit talking about this subject. As most of my family has to go on with their lives.
1 February 2007 at 10:55 a.m.
I know momoftwo, I think she is not being entirely clear. I know she doesn't think he is innocent. She also doesn't want the good things he has done for people to be forgotten. Her children are very aware of the dangers out there. Her and I don't necessarily agree about how to feel about him, but she isn't naive about what happened either.
1 February 2007 at 10:44 a.m.
mom - yes. hating is not healthy. But you are defending a pedophile. Not perfect? I can think of a lot of people and incidents that would fall under that heading, but not a child molester. vic might be right in that this guy was grooming your family - that is the way they operate. Thankfully, it didn't happen to you and yours.
You are cetainly entitled to your own opinion and feelings about this guy, but I am in absolute shock that any mother would have a single kind word to say about a pedophile. To each his own I guess. I hope you are not sorry down the road for not making your children be more aware of these kinds of people. I think bridy has taken a healthier and safer approach. Just my opinion.
1 February 2007 at 10:32 a.m.
Did you ever stop to think that maybe he was “grooming” your famly? That is how pedophiles in a position of trust operate.
You do realize there are others in this town, right? Please alert your children.
This was a horrible way to learn a lesson, but I do hope the lesson will be learned.
1 February 2007 at 9:36 a.m.
don't get me wrong, i am not saying that he was perfect. all i am saying is that each and every one of us is entitled to their own opinion about him. wether he did this or not, he did alot of good for my kids and my family. i am not willing to just ignore that. i am grateful he was there for us when we needed him. i am in full support of all of his victims and his family. i think that hating him is pointless.
1 February 2007 at 8:49 a.m.
His actions were not a mistake. He is guilty, the authorities have the proof to convict him had he chose to defend himself. Sexually molesting a child is never a mistake. It is a cold calculated crime. It might hurt you and your children worse to admit that he did this, but it will help you heal healthier, and it will give your children the ability to protect themselves from others of his kind.
1 February 2007 at 8:24 a.m.
Mistake? Excuse me, but molesting a child does not fall under “mistake”. I am appalled by anyone who would stand in defense of a pedophile. I cannot think of a punishment harsh enough for someone that commits such a heinous crime against a child.
1 February 2007 at 5:25 a.m.
no it don't. i feel for those kids, but, he may have taken his life for that reason, as i think he did also, were you the judge in that case or the cop how do you know bout the evidence? i feel bad for the people involved, as i stated above i have been in this same situation. now i am not sure what i would feel if it had been one of my kids, you know people make mistakes and some people learn from them and others don't. what i have heard bout this situation is that maybe it was a mistake and one that yes he should have payed for, but that don't stand for the fact that my kids are upset bout the fact that he is gone. and i think maybe you should look again that i am on the childrens side also, more so than ever. and don't be so quick to judge.
1 February 2007 at 1:05 a.m.
How could you defend such a vile person? I believe he fully admitted his guilt by taking his own life. There was too much evidence against him and he knew he would be convicted. I am wondering if you would still think he was such a great guy if he had molested one of YOUR children?
It makes ME angry…and I don't think YOU are very nice for minimizing the harm he did to the children who came forward as well as the ones who did not. All of those kids have to live with that for the rest of their lives. Your compassion lies with a pedophile over children? Disgusting.
31 January 2007 at 3:36 p.m.
you all are to quick to assume the worst. i can't believe that all you can do is critisize this person, its obvious that you don't know him like some of us do. i don't condone what he did by no means but, since my daughter and i have been through this same situation, we can understand how most feel. this youth minister was a wonderful man to my children and to me and my husband, and we are sad to see him go. wether the story be true or not we will never know, but as for most he was innocent till proven guilty. i realize that people are intitled to their opinions, but you all aren't very nice on here. thank you for your time, it makes me angry to read this stuff.
25 May 2011 at 9:14 p.m.
well, the fact that we cant burn them at the stake is a crying shame. now i have seen some messed up situations- drunk guy takes a leak on gas station window, the clerk is a minor. gets indecent exposure and goes to prison on a sex offense. he gets out and refuses to register as a SO. goes back to prison ect. thats a defendable crime, but to purposely molest a child on your own is a crime i believe that deserves death at the most painful level. i have been messed with, i grew up and took care of the issue myself. i call it closure by battery, and i enjoyed it with the upmost beauty.
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