Releasing sex offenders should give us pause

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 4:49 PM

Jim Gilland


The Dec. 4 news article, "Aged sex offender sentenced to prison," said LeeRoy Fry of Farmington, was sentenced to two three-years-to-life concurrent sentences by Judge Connors for attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child. His attorney, Kenneth Brown, asked Judge Connors to sentence Fry to serve two years in Davis County Jail and to probation. Supporting his request, Brown argued that Fry could continue receiving the therapy he started with Dr. Peter Byrne. Byrne characterized the treatment as "intensive outpatient therapy for sex offenders." Fry voluntarily entered the treatment shortly after his arrest. Speaking at the hearing, Dr. Byrne testified, "There’s still work to be done."

Opposing Fry’s attorney’s recommendation, prosecutor Cristina Ortega recommended that Fry serve a prison sentence, asking Judge Connors, "What message will we send to the community?"

What message will we send to the community? Why not this message: "We want to reduce the likelihood that convicted sex offenders will offend again after release from prison or jail."

Sadly, the December 6 article headlined another convict, Scott Gollaher: "Convicted Sex offender in trouble in Morgan." Gollaher spent 16 years in prison, 1996-2011. Yet, here he is, right back into the same activities.

Jim Gilland


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