Friday, August 12, 2011

Charlotte youth and sex crimes

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Aerosmith asked the right question: What's the matter with the world today?

Two young people in Charlotte have recently been involved in sex crimes — and that's just what's been reported.

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On last Thursday, 18-year-old Robert McFadden was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison for raping an 83-year-old woman.

McFadden, who was 16 at the time of the rape, was sentenced to at least 9 1/2 years in prison. It was the maximum sentence the judge could impose.

"In 25 years on the bench, this is the first case I've handled like this," Superior Court Judge Timothy Kincaid said. "It's awful."

The jury of seven men and five women deliberated just 1 1/2 hours before reaching their verdicts. McFadden, now 18, was convicted of second-degree rape and breaking and entering. He was acquitted of first-degree kidnapping.

What will McFadden's mindset be when he is released from prison? How can a young person commit a crime like this? What factors contribute to something so heinous? Will the state examine this while he's confined? His family took responsibility for what McFadden did in court, but is it too little, too late?

James McFadden, the teenager's uncle, cried as he stood before the judge and apologized to the victim's family.

"I love my nephew," he said. "I should have been a better uncle. ... He's a troubled boy because his mom and dad weren't there."

Lue McFadden told the judge she'd helped raise her grandson.

"I am truly sorry," she said to the victim's family. "Nobody should have to go through that."

Judge Kincaid then addressed McFadden's family members.

"I'm sure you did the best you could," he said. "This is not your fault."

Then news broke last Friday that a 12-year-old Charlotte boy had been arrested for the rape of a 2-year-old girl at a day care center.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police charged the boy with one count each of rape and indecent liberties with a child, according to a police report.

The 2-year-old was assaulted on Tuesday at Kid's Inn Childcare on Old Potters Road.

Where does this violent behavior come from, and what should we do to stop it from happening again?

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