The average sex offender creates between 100-500 victims in their lifetime, depending on which set of statistics you believe. Berkeley County of South Carolina has a sex offender in custody who was originally charged with criminal sexual conduct (rape) in the first degree where the victim was an 8 year old girl and is in second grade. In addition, he was also charged with criminal sexual conduct (rape) in the second degree of a 12 year old boy.
This sex offender forcibly held down these children as he performed sexual acts against them. He has confessed to these crimes, not only to law enforcement, but to the judge. In spite of this, the Berkeley County's office has decided to lower the charges in both cases to prevent this rapist from being listed on the sex offenders registry. The reasoning behind this is that the rapist is 15 years of age. The judge in the case asked in court if the parents of the victims had agreed to the lesser charges. The Berkeley County Solicitor told the judge they had, but in fact the parents of both the victims were in court and they had not agreed to any lesser charges.
By lowering the charges, the Berkeley County Solicitor is not representing the interests of the victims, nor the other children in the community. Something must be done. Please help send a message to the Berkeley County Solicitor by signing this petition and tell them to prosecute this offender for what he actually did and include him on the sex offender registry, as he belongs there. The public has a right to know who lives next door to them. The victims have a right to pursue justice, which is currently being denied them. Please, do not let these little ones down by allowing the system to deny what happened to them.