This news item bothered me: a guy named Edward Kelly has a habit of having unprotected sex with women, conveniently forgetting to tell them he's HIV-positive. Rehabilitation hasn't worked, and he's been castigated at every parole board hearing for showing no remorse and no willingness or ability to address his deviant behavior. Here's what I published in today's paper:
Bail decision makes mockery of justiceYour turn: Do you think his picture should be published periodically as a warning against would-be victims? It was recently published in the paper, but who keeps newspapers? I'm thinking more along the lines of a web site that keeps the faces of serial offenders visible on an ongoing basis. Thoughts?
Published Thursday, May 18, 2006
The London Free Press
The fact that Edward Kelly is free on bail sends another signal that Canada’s justice system coddles criminals and ignores victims’ rights.
The London man just finished doing time for aggravated sexual assault after having sex with four women without revealing his HIV-positive status.
He was released last May after serving two-thirds of his sentence, but was jailed again in September after starting a relationship with an 18-year-old woman. Once again, she didn’t know he carried HIV.
In December, the parole board told Kelly that he is indifferent to the consequences of his actions. Yet he walked free on Monday.
We all know it takes two to tango. No one should initiate any relationship without full knowledge of a partner’s HIV status. Safe sex is a virtual given.
But the fact remains a man serially initiates relationships with the biological equivalent of a loaded gun.
Why is he walking the streets?
One more thing: He's scheduled to be in court June 14th. I'll let you guess the charge. Stay tuned.