Ferguson: For the protection of all
September 15, 2010
To the editor:
This letter is regarding the recent publication of the story, "Craig man charged with 40 felonies."
I am a current resident of Craig and have children in the community. It concerns me that there is a resident who has had 40 charges brought against him. Three of these counts are for sexual exploitation of children, four counts are for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, 33 counts are sexual exploitation of a child, and there is one count of indecent exposure.
Besides the current charges, there is a record of him having had three previous reports involving underage girls, one that included allegedly peeping into a 6-year-old's window.
This is very disturbing behavior to me, and I would think it would be obvious that this man is not innocent on all charges, therefore his life could possibly not be ruined by releasing his name to the community.
I think that the residents of Craig have a right to know if this man has had any access to our children, and also so we may ensure that they will never be exposed to him in the future.
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I am all for protecting people's privacy, but what about the protection of our children and those of us who are unaware of the possibility of a dangerous person like this living in our neighborhoods?
(Editor's note: The Craig Daily Press policy to withhold the names of those accused with sexual-related crimes unless convicted is a practice developed primarily to protect the victims of alleged offenses, especially those who are minors. While the newspaper recognizes there are some drawbacks to this policy, it nonetheless believes protecting the privacy of victims outweighs all other considerations.)