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October 4, 2013

Sex offender sentence sends crucial message

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

In response to Gary Shaffer’s letter to the editor published on Sept. 16, I would like to answer his questions as to the harsh sentence.

Ronald Dougalewicz was sentenced to four to 18 years. In all likelihood, he will not be in jail anywhere near the 18 years. If he does well in prison, he will likely be released sometime after his minimum four years. He will receive intensive sex offender therapy in prison and when he is released.

To answer the question, “How does this sentencing benefit us as citizens?” It is my belief that if every tempted adult remembers this sentencing, they will not have sex with a child.

Perhaps Shaffer and other like-minded people should think of their own children at the young age of 12 or 13 and imagine how they would feel if a 30-something adult had sex with his or her own child. My guess would be that they would think 18 years would not be nearly enough punishment for impacting a child’s life forever.

It is my sincere wish that adult survivors of childhood sexual assault also answer Shaffer’s questions and let him know how their abuse affected their lives forever and perhaps he will realize there is never enough time served by the defendant that will change the impact the defendant had on their lives.

There are no winners in these cases. But when a jury sends a message to the victim and society that we do not tolerate abuse to children, then finally the victim can begin the long road to healing and society can do a better job of protecting our own children.

Diane Knis

Kittery Ridge Drive

New Castle

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