SIDNEY, Neb. - A judge said a 5-foot-1 man convicted of sexually assaulting a child was too small to survive in prison, and gave him 10 years of probation instead. His crimes deserved a long sentence, District Judge Kristine Cecava said, but she worried that Richard W. Thompson, 50, would be especially imperiled by prison dangers.

Thompson will be electronically monitored the first four months of his probation, and he was told to never be alone with someone under age 18 or date or live with a woman whose children were under 18. Cecava also ordered Thompson to get rid of his pornography. He faces 30 days of jail each year of his probation unless he follows its conditions closely.

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Should this man have been sent to prison, even though he was small in stature?
SIDNEY, Neb. - A judge said a 5-foot-1 man convicted of sexually assaulting a child was too small to survive in prison, and gave him 10 years of probation instead. His crimes deserved a long sentence, District Judge Kristine Cecava said, but she worried that Richard W. Thompson, 50, would be especially imperiled by prison dangers.

Thompson will be electronically monitored the first four months of his probation, and he was told to never be alone with someone under age 18 or date or live with a woman whose children were under 18. Cecava also ordered Thompson to get rid of his pornography. He faces 30 days of jail each year of his probation unless he follows its conditions closely.

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14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 5/26/06 - 12:14:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
Smoking Gun has his info and picture...

Too Short For Long Sentence?

14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 5/26/06 - 12:21:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
He should have been sent to prison for life.

If his safety was SUCH an issue that the judge felt inclined to endanger the safety of other children by releasing him into the public, measures should have been taken to keep him separate from the other prisoners.

14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 5/26/06 - 12:31:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, so that in prison he could be the child and everyone else could be him.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 6/1/06 - 5:13:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
just because he was short doesn't excuse him from going where he deserves to go
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 6/1/06 - 7:03:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
All Kiddie-Diddlers should be sent to the big house to enjoy a lifetime of anal rape.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 6/1/06 - 9:14:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm sure the child was smaller than he is, and he/she still had go through the ordeal of this sicko messing with them. He should have been sent to prision, and been big black bubba's bit*h for 10 years
14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 6/15/06 - 2:06:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
Absolutely. The punishment was an insult to rape victims everywhere. The man either needs life in prison with out parole or the death penalty. That little girl will be scarred for life.
14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 6/15/06 - 2:10:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't give a rat's ass whether he's safe or not. What he did is unforgiveable.
14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 6/15/06 - 2:50:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
If the punishment to the crime was anal rape, then he should be charged with anal rape as a punishment, but as far as I know, that would be 'cruel and unusual'

The punishment of prison is to take away the liberty of the person, which is what a lot of people forget.

14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 6/15/06 - 3:07:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 6/1/2006 5:13:54 AM Sea_Shell wrote:
just because he was short doesn't excuse him from going where he deserves to go

I agree.

14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 6/16/06 - 3:24:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 6/15/2006 2:50:25 PM lithium86 wrote:
If the punishment to the crime was anal rape, then he should be charged with anal rape as a punishment, but as far as I know, that would be 'cruel and unusual' The punishment of prison is to take away the liberty of the person, which is what a lot of people forget.

Trust me, liberalboy, the punishment for kiddie diddlers in the US prison system IS anal rape, and quite justifiably so, I might add.
14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 6/16/06 - 3:48:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, and that idiot judge Cecava should be removed from the bench. She's obviously incompetent and not fit to serve.
14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 7/3/06 - 3:13:36 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, if he did the crime he should do the time too. It isn't fair that he should be exempt because he's small.
14 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 7/9/06 - 12:56:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
That's a bunch of shiet.
14 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 7/10/06 - 3:21:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
i dont drating care how short he was, he deserves to rot in prision for what he did.
14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 8/20/06 - 4:58:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
No.

Let the punishment fit the crime .

14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 9/3/06 - 1:04:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/20/2006 4:58:58 AM Monty_Python wrote:
No. Let the punishment fit the crime .

GO TO HELL YOU SICK FREAK. HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF SOMEONE DID THAT TO YOU? JERK.

14 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 9/17/06 - 2:02:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
A single drug possession offense and in you're in jail for a year. Scar a small girl for life and pick up trash on the highway.
Unfair exchange, no?
14 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 9/17/06 - 2:07:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
I like that: Too Short For Long Sentence?
14 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 10/26/06 - 8:12:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
When I saw this on my local news, I was yelling at the screen because of how absolutely ridiculous this is. They don't let a 7 foot tall guy get off easy because he would hit his head on the cell ceiling would they? Hell no. I think this is crap.
14 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 10/26/06 - 8:17:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
Put the bastard on a stretching machine to make him a few inches taller , then make him do an even longer stretch in prison where he belongs .
14 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 12/1/06 - 9:39:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
commit the crime, pay the time.
14 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 12/1/06 - 10:18:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 12/1/2006 9:39:45 AM Vezm wrote:
commit the crime, pay the time.

I agree

14 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 12/1/06 - 10:30:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
Now that is just ridiculous. Too small to survive! Puh-LEEZ! You're gonna let a sex offender loose on the street just because he's LITTLE?!?!?!? So....any man under six feet tall can basically just do whatever the heck he pleases because he won't be sent to prison?!?!?!? Gee. I wish I were a man only five feet tall. OK, not really.
14 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 12/1/06 - 10:32:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 6/16/2006 3:24:11 PM brett_weir wrote:
On 6/15/2006 2:50:25 PM lithium86 wrote: If the punishment to the crime was anal rape, then he should be charged with anal rape as a punishment, but as far as I know, that would be 'cruel and unusual' The punishment of prison is to take away the liberty of the person, which is what a lot of people forget. Trust me, liberalboy, the punishment for kiddie diddlers in the US prison system IS anal rape, and quite justifiably so, I might add.

And that wouldn't be a problem if the judge had sentenced him to 10 years of anal rape, but she didn't, because that's not how our justice system works. Oh yeah, and remind me again what adherance to national law has to do with political orientation?


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