In 1992 Thomas Spioch was arrested and charged with twenty nine sex crimes then finally convicted in 1997 on charges of sexually assaulting a fourteen year old boy. During the trial he hired a hit man to kill seven witnesses against him (mostly children he’d assaulted) but luckily he was found out and the witnesses were placed in protective custody. He was sentenced to three hundred and fifteen years in jail with the five he’d already served being knocked off the sentence. This should have meant he was locked up forever. It didn’t.
Following a series of appeals he had a massive three hundred years knocked off his sentence and was due for release in 2007, having served only fifteen years for molesting children and showing a willingness to murder them to cover up his crimes. The state of Florida put him in a secure treatment facility under the Jimmy Ryce law until he was was no longer considered a danger to society. At the end of July this year he was released back into the community on twelve years probation. He doesn’t have to wear an ankle bracelet or any form of GPS as he is, in the eyes of the law, cured.
Thing is, there are no children in a secure facility like that nor in prison. Fifteen years without something you can’t get doesn’t mean you don’t want that thing and it’s easy enough to fake not needing something if you know that will get you closer to what you want. Addicts do it all the time and they actually have physical signs that they’re not being entirely honest, so how can you be sure that this man’s paedophilia has been cured? How can anyone say that this man is no longer a threat to children?