Tuesday, February 06, 2007

71 Charges against Michael Devlin


I posted awhile back about the miracle in Missouri where 2 abducted boys were found alive. I also expressed dismay over comments critical of Shawn Hornbeck, who had been missing for over 4 years. Many were questioning why he didn't escape. I brought up that he obviously had been so traumatized and tortured that he was too afraid to escape. Well, yesterday we found out some of the trauma that Shawn was forced to endure.

Devlin faces 71 charges, 17 related to Ben Ownby and 54 related to Shawn Hornbeck. Here is the list of the specific charges. Gateway Pundit breaks down the charges like this:
In the case of 15-year-old Shawn Hornbeck, the abuse lasted four years, according to the charges. For 13-year-old Ben Owbny, the abuse began the day he was abducted last month and lasted until he was rescued four days later.

The charges represented the first time authorities have openly accused Michael Devlin of molesting the children.

...Seventeen of the charges allege that Devlin kidnapped Ben on Jan. 8 and forced the boy to have "deviate sexual intercourse" with Devlin four times that day and four times each day for the next three days. There are no charges for the day of Jan. 12, when the boys were found.

The remaining 54 charges claim that after kidnapping Shawn in October 2002, Devlin kept the boy isolated in Devlin's apartment for the first month.

The boy was forced to have intercourse with Devlin throughout that month and at least once a month until Shawn and Ben were found in January, prosecutors said.

What was done to these boys is really too horrific to contemplate let alone endure. It breaks my heart that even though Ben was only gone for 4 days he was still sexually assaulted at least 16 times. What kind of a monster does this?

Thanks to Missouri's version of Jessica's law that was passed by Missouri's Republican Congress and signed into law by Governor Blunt last year Devlin should get the book thrown at him. He is supposed to get a life sentence for every act of sodomy and he has 69 such charges against him. In my opinion he should get the death penalty but life in prison will work. I just hope he doesn't get any breaks because there is talk of a deal since he may have confessed to some of the charges. Life in prison without the possibility of parole, nothing less!!

SOURCES:
Accused kidnapper, Michael Devlin, faces 71 new charges
Gateway Pundit--Michael Devlin Charged With 69 Charges of Sexual Assault

Previous posts:
Miracle in Missouri
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