Kids aren't safe here

Posted: Friday, May 30, 2008

As a concerned aunt to six young nieces and nephews, I closely followed the recent case involving Eston Borchgrevink, the man who beat and sexually assaulted a 2 1/2-year-old girl in Nikiski.

Upon reading the latest article about this case by Phil Hermanek in the Peninsula Clarion, I first thought the 13-year sentence was a misprint. To say that I am outraged does not even come close to expressing the disgust, and now strong distrust of our justice system, I feel after reading about the extremely light sentencing by Judge Moran of only 13 years in prison for this criminal, who was originally facing 99 years.

To let him off so lightly tells the people of Alaska that this crime is not a big deal.

The sentence was insensitive to the victim and her family. It would not be exaggerating to say that Moran has provided predators of children sanctuary in Alaska. Why is this child abuser being protected by such light sentencing? When a grown man rapes a small child, justice can only be served when this criminal is behind bars for a long time, paying for his inexcusable crime.

We don't value young people in this area when we consider sexual assault of a 2-year-old to be worth only 13 years in prison.

As long as judges like Anna Moran are allowed preside over Alaska courts, our children cannot be considered safe.

Naomi Hagelund


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