Equal treatment is needed
To the Editor,
Last year, the parents of a 17-year-old Wheeling girl discovered she was having an intimate relationship with a 42-year-old resource officer from her school. It appears the two were in love, whatever the depth of that concept means to a 17-year-old and a 42-year-old with two more decades of life experience; regardless how emotionally immature it was. The parents had the man arrested. He was subsequently convicted and given probation.
In Athens, Ohio, a 44-year-old Catholic priest, on his own volition, voluntary disclosed his intimate relationship to the mother of the 17-year-old he was in love with. He was arrested, relieved of his duties and given a 10-year prison sentence without parole.
The two cases are similar, I would suggest, in the emotional attachment developed and the immaturity of the parties involved. The glaring difference is, the resource officer was secular and his lover’s parents wanted him to rot in jail, while the priest’s lover’s mother did not want him imprisoned, but wanted him to receive counseling. In fact, she thought so highly of the man, she wished to remain friends!
The resource officer got probation, until he violated it; the priest, 10 years without parole.
It is not true, Lady Justice is blind; but rather, she is blinded by the political, economic, and social issues of the day.