Investigation Discloses Terrifyingly Light Sentences for Pedophiles In California

The most precious thing in this world is the innocence of a child. It is where that wide-eyed wonder, belief in things rooted in magic, and unconditional love and acceptance are made.

For most sane people, crimes against children, particularly those that forever damage and destroy that innocence, are one of the most egregious and disgusting acts a person could ever commit. Unfortunately, however, there seems to be a push in our country to minimize these sorts of heinous crimes.

Naturally, the Golden State is leading the way in this realm, as discovered in a recent investigation of sex offender convictions conducted by the DailyMail. The results of their analysis are astonishing and disgusting.

You’re In, And You’re Out

The DailyMail investigated the California sex offender database. Of those registered, 7,000 were convicted of ‘lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age’ – and all were released within a year of their sentencing.

To really paint a picture of just how gross the California criminal justice system has gotten, let’s break down the numbers of those who served less than 12 months in prison:

  • 365 pedophiles convicted of continuous sexual abuse of a child
  • 39 cases of sodomy with a child under the age of 16
  • 3 cases of kidnapping a child under the age of 14 ‘with intent to commit lewd or lascivious acts’

The DailyMail also looked at the overall sex offender database in the state and found that 76% of those registered had been convicted of sexual offenses against children. However, the average jail time was a mere two years and ten months.

It’s hard to say that one sex crime is worse than another, especially against children. Still, if you had to weigh any against each other, those committed ‘by force or fear,’ as the law states, are perhaps heavier in weight than others.

There were 114 pedophiles who committed such crimes, and all served less than a year in prison.

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How Did We Get Here?

Perhaps I am biased as a mother of two children. Still, I believe that anyone who commits a crime against a child, particularly one so evil as pedophilia, should consider themselves lucky to live in such a permissive country that being alive and in prison is the worst that can happen to them.

It’s hard to wrap my brain around how and why these monsters serve less time than an average military enlistment.

Former L.A. sex crimes prosecutor Samuel Dordulian explains how this came to pass:

“With Newsom, they’ve passed a lot of legislation where they are allowing for resentencing, they’re allowing for people to come back and there’s a push to have less time spent in prison.”

But why? Why on Earth would we want to release these types of monsters back out into the world?

Because it’s good for politics, back in 2020, state Senator Scott Weiner got SB145 passed in California that exempts:

“from mandatory registration under the act a person convicted of certain offenses involving minors if the person is not more than 10 years older than the minor and if that offense is the only one requiring the person to register.”

The justification? It protects LGBTQ youth from discrimination. But why, exactly, would that affect LGBTQ youth more than anyone else? Did anyone ask?

Wonder what special interest groups funneled money into California Democrats during that decision.

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Who Are We Protecting?

An argument is often made when it comes to criminal justice reform that our prisons are overcrowded, our justice system is racist, and convicts cannot turn over a new page once they are released, leading them back to a life of crime.

I’ll be honest; in some cases, with some crimes, I don’t necessarily disagree.

But these aren’t young gang members who got in with the wrong crowd selling drugs and boosting cars. As Mr. Dordulian explains:

“Statistics clearly show that pedophiles don’t get reformed. They’re going to come out, and they’re going to commit again.”

According to the U.S. Justice Department, sex offenders are four times more likely to re-offend than any other criminal. And yet, it appears they enjoy better protections and rights than their victims.

Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami explains:

“The CDCR (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation) is not even notifying the child victims and their families of these early releases. It’s shameful.”

Shameful isn’t even the right word if you ask me.


My husband believes the normalization of activities and crimes once thought abhorrent and evil comes from the entertainment industry. I’m on the fence when it comes to this argument.

I grew up in the age of everyone blaming video games and movies for school shootings, and I always felt that took the accountability off of the murderer and onto benign things like some of my favorite films and games.

However, my husband might not be too far off in his hypothesis.

Recently, high-brow fashion house Balenciaga took heat for featuring teddy bears dressed in various bondage paraphernalia. On its own, that seems just like your typical bizarre fashion photo shoot.

However, the fact that the photo ads included children holding the bondage bears raised eyebrows, and tepid responses from Hollywood elites tied to the brand. But my favorite is a little-known play review in the Washington Post.

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It’s No Oedipus Rex

Washington Post critic Peter Marks wrote a glowing review of ‘Downstate,’ a play about pedophilia. In his review, he says:

“Take a deep breath and try to ruminate calmly on the position playwright Bruce Norris takes in his scintillating new play, ‘Downstate’: that the punishments inflicted on some pedophiles are so harsh and unrelenting as to be inhumane.”

Interesting argument that the harsh punishment for destroying a child’s innocence is what is inhumane, rather than the crime against the innocent. He goes on to say:

“He is questioning what degree of compassion should society fairly hold out to those who have served their time for sexual abuse, assault or rape.”

I would argue pedophiles who don’t serve jail time that lasts until their last breath is taken don’t actually “serve their time.” But it gets so much worse.

What Is Torment?

Mr. Marks’ perhaps greatest line comes next:

“We are in effect asked to judge for ourselves what magnitude of ongoing torment each deserves. It develops here as an agonizing moral question, one that our retributive correctional culture would rather not have to debate.”

To sexually abuse or rape a child is not just to take away their innocence. To say something so simple is to imply that they grow up to become cynical adults faster than their peers.

To sexually abuse or rape a child is to prey on the most vulnerable and trusting in our society. It’s to take that innocence and destroy it in the most violent and permanent way possible. And it’s more than that in a lot of these cases, in the sense that these are violent crimes.

It’s to break the very soul and nature of the child, and it can never be put back together again.

As a sexual assault survivor myself, I can tell you as an adult, you can be as tough as nails, and there will always be a part of you that is twisted and ugly on the inside, that you can’t control, and that you didn’t break.

For a child who hasn’t had a chance to grow into an adult yet, to find their footing in the world and understand the things around them – to have this happen to them is a torment that never goes away.

Shame on us for allowing this normalization, and shame on California for continuing to elect corrupt leaders who care little for their children.

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