Saturday, May 05, 2007

International Cooperation Nets Capture
of Suspected Sex Offender

The 45-year-old man who is accused of raping his daughter and posting the film on the Internet, and one of American's most wanted sex offenders, has been captured in Hong Kong after a worldwide manhunt. Police say that Kenneth Freeman injured four Hong Kong officers as he sought to evade arrest at the city's main airport.

Federal officers received a tip-off from Chinese police that Freeman was in China but, as no extradition treaty exists between Washington and Beijing, they had to wait until he tried to leave before arresting him.

Freeman was first arrested in Richland, WA, on three counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child in November, 2005. He was released on a $50,000 bond and later fled after additional charges were filed against him. He failed to show for a scheduled court hearing in Richland on March 23, 2006, and has not been seen since.

The US Marshals Service in Washington said in a statement that the video of the rape was one of the most downloaded items of child pornography on the Internet.

Two points:

First, we must allow Freeman the presumption of innocence until he is proved guilty, but his behavior seems to support his guilt. Creeps like this are some of the worst miscreants on Earth, and we need to add crimes like this one to the list of capital crimes. Since their crimes are so hideous and despicable, and since so many of them commit additional crimes after being incarcerated, there is no reason to keep them in prison. Try them, and if convicted give them an appeal, and if the verdict is upheld, put them to death, and the sooner the better.

Second, I don’t know just why China decided to help us apprehend this fugitive, but perhaps this is a sign that progress of developing relations with the Communist nation can occur.

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