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Emboldened by #MeToo, victim comes forward in child sex assault case

Original post made on Jan 22, 2019

A Sunnyvale man suspected of molesting a young child in Mountain View on 50 occasions was arrested last month after the victim, feeling empowered by the #MeToo movement, went to police after 16 years of silence.


Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 1:57 PM

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Posted by Maher
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Jan 22, 2019 at 3:59 pm

Maher is a registered user.

I hope they lock this predator away so long he dies in prison. Predators are long term practioners and they do not change. Children's accusations should be given the benefit of any doubt and authorities need to investigate all aspects of any such case. The boys' club "wink and nod" benefit of doubt for the accused simply must stop... those benefits have been going on too long and #MeTOO and other campaigns about sexual crimes are proving my words are true. Patriarchal toleration of predators has been the reality and now comes the consequence.
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Posted by Robyn
a resident of another community
on Jan 22, 2019 at 4:47 pm

How can the accused be expected to defend? Any evidence and witnesses are long gone.


Posted by @Robyn
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jan 22, 2019 at 5:25 pm

Back defending sex offenders again?[Portion removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language]


Posted by Liberalguns
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jan 22, 2019 at 5:30 pm

@Maher

Some of what you say I agree on, some I hope I am misunderstanding you.
Guilt by accusation can be used against women just as easily as against men.

I must assume you are not old enough to recall the case of the McMartin Preschool from the 1980s?
Guilt by accusation has been done before, as has guilt by association.
Look up how the Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism effected the innocent accused.

"I hope they lock this predator away so long he dies in prison. Predators are long term practioners and they do not change."

Indeed, as far as we know there is no effective way to "treat" child predators to stop their abuse of kids and if this guy is guilty, then letting him out ever will be a huge risk. I'm all for keeping such lawfully proven guilty predators safely away from all kids.

"Children's accusations should be given the benefit of any doubt and authorities need to investigate all aspects of any such case."

Investigate accusations, certainly, but in our justice system any person (regardless of the horror of the accusation or who is making the accusations) is always innocent until our due-process legal system proves BEYOND any reasonable doubt that they are guilty.

And if you think the accusations of kids is somehow "better", then I strongly urge you to read up on the McMartin Preschool case and the many other cases just like it all across the USA in the 1980s.

We must NEVER allow a criminal or any group of criminals drive us all to give up our fundamental rights and protections which our Constitution was written to protect and preserve for ourselves and our posterity.

"The boys' club "wink and nod" benefit of doubt for the accused simply must stop..."

So, anyone accused of the sexual abuse of anyone should be automatically convicted and sent to prison based on nothing more than the accusation of one person alone?

That means everyone, male or female, can find themselves in prison for a crime they never did or even that never happened at all.
Look up the "innocence project". We already put some innocent people in prison (on Death-Row no less) even after a full trial and appeals.
You want to change the standard to guilt by accusation?

"those benefits have been going on too long"

You mean since the US Constitution was written?

"and #MeTOO and other campaigns about sexual crimes are proving my words are true."

Now there I agree with you!
The whole concept of innocent until proven guilty is under attack and we are ALL at risk now of becoming a victim of a false accusation.

"Patriarchal toleration of predators has been the reality and now comes the consequence."

You mean abolishing trials all together and punishing people on nothing more than an accusation?
You really need to go study the Salem Witch Trials, your attitude would have fit in back then just fine!

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Once proven guilty by a lawfully run court of law, sure, fine by me.

Guilty by accusations cannot be accepted.
You are advocating that the criminal actions of predators should steal away the rights, freedoms and protections of all of the rest of us!

You want to give the predators that much power?

You want terrorists to be able to scare us into surrendering all our freedoms out of fear of them?


Posted by Liberalguns
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jan 24, 2019 at 12:16 am

Liberalguns is a registered user.

Article said:
"A Sunnyvale man suspected of molesting a young child in Mountain View on 50 occasions was arrested last month..."
"... turns out that Contreras faced similar allegations in the past. In January 2004, police received reports that he had allegedly molested one of three young children who were invited to his home..."

Personally, I would want the cops digging into every place this guy ever lived and then put up a web-site with the list of dates, places and photos to ask if anyone who lived near there recalls him interacting with a child matching his accusers profile at the time of the events.

I would want the cops to find every neighbor with kids that ever lived next door to him or in the same apartment complex. Talk to them to find more victims. Get photos of what he looked like through his life and get those photos out to the public.

This could not have been his first victim, so I fully expect there are several prior victims out there and finding them would be plenty of proof to put the guy away forever.

Again, assuming he is proven guilty in a court of law because this part is more important than punishing the crimes of any one criminal.


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