Several Canadian repeat sex offenders have recently been in the news among them Karl Toft. Some other infamous Canadian molesters are Peter Whitmore and Shaun Deacon who have been jailed and released many times over the years. Should the penalties for repeat offenders be harsher?
As the topic is being debated, the trial for John Couey began earlier this week in Miami. He is accused of raping and murdering 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford after allegedly burying her just several 100 feet from her home alive.
Carrie Kohan, 43, became an activist against pedophilia in 1998 after learning her neighbour had been convicted three times of the offence and was eyeing her two-year-old daughter.
She pressured police to out the man as a sex-monster and later – as a lobbyist – influenced the province to create its sex offender registry and the Amber Alert system.
Kohan was also one of the loudest voices on local radio waves when convicted child molester Karl Toft came to town.
Toft was sentenced to 13 years in 1992 for 34 sex-related charges against children at a New Brunswick school where he worked. He’s admitted to attacking up to 200 other kids. Freed in December 2005, he began living in Edmonton under strict monitoring conditions.
Update from the Globe and Mail:
“Ontario Attorney-General Michael Bryant says the controversial “civil-commitment measures” now being embraced by New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and other top U.S. officials merit discussion in Canada.“Civil-commitment programs being pursued by states south of the border should be looked at closely,” Mr. Bryant said in an opinion piece published in The Globe and Mail this week. ” . . . Canada has proved itself a world leader in entrenching civil liberties to protect the innocent from wrongful treatment by the justice system. It’s time we did more to entrench responsibilities to protect the innocent from harm by our fellow citizens.”