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  • 10-Year Sentence Too Light for Woman Who Rented Daughter to Pedophile

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,237558,00.html

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A federal appeals court tossed out the 10-year prison sentence of a St. Louis, Mo., woman who rented her 9-year-old daughter out to a pedophile more than 200 times at $20 a session.

    The court said the woman's punishment was too lenient. But until a court decides otherwise, the woman still faces a 10-year prison term.

    The woman, whose name is being withheld to protect her daughter's identity, often held the girl down in their home while Joe J. Champion of Granite City, Ill., molested her, according to court documents. The daughter testified the molestation occurred about twice a week, either in the bathroom or her mother's bedroom.

    • Crack the case in FOXNews.com's Crime Center.

    The woman was typically paid $20 by Champion each time she allowed her daughter to be abused by him.

    The abuse began when the daughter was nine and continued for two years, both the daughter and Champion testified, according to court documents.

    • Click here to read the appeals court decision.

    The mother also often threatened to send her daughter to foster care if she didn't cooperate, reported by the St. Louis-Post Dispatch.

    "The factors of this case are no less than horrifying," Judge William Jay Riley wrote in the unanimous opinion released Monday by a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Court of Appeals.

    Champion pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

    The woman, convicted by a jury in 2003 of aggravated sexual abuse and conspiring with Champion to help him molest the girl, was sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison — the minimum provided under federal sentencing guidelines.

    She appealed. Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in United States v. Booker that federal sentencing guidelines were not mandatory.

    So, an 8th Circuit Appeals Court judges sent her case back to U.S. District Judge Charles A. Shaw, saying he might have given her a lighter sentence if he had known he wasn't bound by the federal guidelines. The court did not, however, recommend any particular sentence or a more lenient term.

    But then Shaw in December sentenced the woman to 10 years, saying mental problems and drug addiction had influenced her behavior. The judge also noted that she had taken parenting classes, had vocational training and gotten her GED while in prison.

    The judge said he did not believe the woman posed a danger to the public and was unlikely to repeat the actions, according to court documents.

    Prosecutors appealed that sentence, claiming it was too light and the judge's reasoning was flawed.

    The 8th Circuit appeals judges agreed Monday, saying the basis of her sentence is "unreasonable" and that the district court failed to "sufficiently consider the seriousness of the offense."

    This "is a mother who, for $20, repeatedly (1) sold her minor daughter to a pedophile for sexual exploitation, and (2) physically participated and restrained her daughter so the pedophile could sexually abuse her.

    "It would take a very compelling justification to reduce the sentence of a mother who submits her child to such abuse," the court said.

    They said Shaw had failed to consider the seriousness of a case that was "no less than horrifying" and that Shaw had inappropriately reduced the woman's sentence. The opinion's author, Riley, also wrote that there was no evidence to support Shaw's conclusion that she would not again offer her daughter up for abuse.

    The woman's "belated rehabilitative efforts are not extraordinary and do not support a sentence reduction," the court said.

    The woman argued that her age, criminal history, and the fact that she never sexually molested her daughter indicate a very slim chance of recidivism. But, the court said Monday, "these arguments do not exculpate or lessen the horrendous treatment to which she subjected her minor daughter for money, nor do they indicate she would not commit this type of crime again in the name of money.

    "Nothing in the record supports the district court's conclusion [the woman] probably will not repeat this type of crime," the court opinion read.

    Riley also said that the woman's sentence was out of proportion with Champion's.

    Kevin Schriener, the woman's attorney, said Tuesday he would ask for a rehearing of the appeal.

    Schriener told FOXNews.com that the broader sentencing issues raised by the case likely would ultimately be decided at the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Claiborne v. United States. That case asks the court to decide whether a sentence that is below the guidelines is reasonable and whether a sentence that varies greatly from the guidelines must be justified by extraordinary circumstances.

    Movement on that case likely won't happen until February.

    "I think we've got a ways to go before we get there," Schriener said.
    You know, I have this really sharp kitchen knife. How should I use it?

    I feel so sorry for the girl, she's not going to turn out alright when she grows up.
    May God bless every single public servant out there!

  • #2
    There's too many people in this story who are nothing more than a waste of oxygen.........

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    • #3
      You should start by sawing on a cement block until that knife is nice and dull...

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      • #4
        She needs to become a member of what we call here in my county the ".357 Club". One 158 grain JHP to the temple...about $.30 cents. Or...$50,000 a year for ten years to keep this dirtbag alive (him too).

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        • #5
          This is an outrage. This crime is just way heinous. She should be banned from ever having any substantial contact with a child for the rest of her worthless life.
          -I don't feel you honor someone by creating a physical gesture (the salute). You honor them by holding them in memory and, in law enforcement, proceeding in vigilant, ethical police work. You honor this country or deceased soldiers or whatever you're honoring when you salute a flag by thinking, feeling, and continuing a life of freedom.

          --ArkansasRed24

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          • #6
            I'm good with adding this to the capital offense list. I don't care how young, stoned, jonesing, or broke you are. There is nothing that would make this a good idea.
            They're called 'learning opportunities'.

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            • #7
              You know something

              Some consider this a category two crime. Whereas a robbery is a category one crime. So basically, a child molestation is placed on the same level as a vandalism. For instance, I know a lady who has worked for a bank for twelve years and has been robbed three times. However, she goes to therapy for something that occurred to her as a child. Kind of ironic huh?

              We need to change our outlook and the way we handle these cases! These victims are victims for life and should be treated as such. I could imagine this young girl becoming a drug user, abuser and everything else by the time she is an adult. Very sad situation!!!!!

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              • #8
                Ugh, I'm gonna be sick...
                Considerably.....

                83.9 on the Jeff Co. test! Woohoo!

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                • #9
                  This type of crime takes a stone-cold heart and SERIOUS dysfunction to commit. She didn't do this once; but over and over and over again.
                  -I don't feel you honor someone by creating a physical gesture (the salute). You honor them by holding them in memory and, in law enforcement, proceeding in vigilant, ethical police work. You honor this country or deceased soldiers or whatever you're honoring when you salute a flag by thinking, feeling, and continuing a life of freedom.

                  --ArkansasRed24

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                  • #10
                    No kidding, could you imagine?

                    Honey, do what the bad man says now. Mommy's gonna go buy some meth.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by larryt700
                      Honey, do what the bad man says now. Mommy's gonna go buy some meth.
                      hardly! Looks to me like the mother didn't just lock them both in a room for a half hour, she actually held her down.

                      Jail for life is too nice for that woman.
                      -2Adam29... 10-8. Code-7

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                      • #12
                        What I fail to understand here, is that their argument is that because she is unlikely to do it again, her sentence should be reduced. What happened to punishment for the act that you already commited? I'm suprised that the death penalty was not considered. I would certainly think it would fit the crime.
                        Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.
                        Thomas Jefferson

                        Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
                        Albert Einstein

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                        • #13
                          Anyone who hurts a child is just not a good person. There is not one redeemable feature about them and they do not deserve to live on this earth. Rehabilitation is wasted on them and they should just be killed or at least castrated so they can never hurt any child again.
                          It is better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not

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                          • #14
                            I'd say we rent the mother out to an overly endowed man with a nice incurable STD.
                            It's God's job to forgive the terrorists, it's my job to arrange the meeting.

                            Semper Fi

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Razor60
                              http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,237558,00.html


                              You know, I have this really sharp kitchen knife. How should I use it?

                              I feel so sorry for the girl, she's not going to turn out alright when she grows up.

                              Committing another FELONY during the commision of a FELONY,

                              D E A T H P E N A L T Y, nothing else

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