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Convicted Child Molester's Conversion Claim No Excuse for Probation Violations

Convict's religious freedoms are not violated in probation revocation, court adds.

Key point: A pedophile's assertion that he has experienced a religious conversion and as a result no longer poses a threat to children need not be accepted by the civil courts.

• A Wisconsin court ruled that the revocation of a convicted child molester's probation on the basis of his failure to participate in a treatment program did not violate his constitutional right to religious freedom. The molester was convicted of first degree sexual assault on a child. He later admitted to having molested 5 other female children (4 of whom were under 10 years of age). As a result of his conviction, the molester was sentenced to 8 years in prison. Rather than serving his prison sentence, the molester was allowed to participate in a supervised probation that included professional treatment. A few months after beginning a treatment program, the molester insisted that because of his recent ...

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  • November 1, 1995

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