A judge in Nevada has outraged many after deciding to lower a convicted sex offender’s sentence from life in prison with the possibility of parole in 10 years to just one year in prison. The decision to lower the prison term came only one week after the original sentencing.
Washoe County Judge Brent Adams changed the sentence to one year in prison and five years probation because, as he claims, there was a clerical error in filing a signed copy of the original sentencing. Judge Adams also says that it was never his objective to give 69-year-old Isaac Onsurez that harsh of a sentence.
According to reports, Onsurez began sexually abusing a 6-year-old girl in the late 1990s, and the abuse went on for two years, finally stopping in 1999. 12 years later, the girl decided to report what happened to her, and when charges were filed against Onsurez, he admitted to his crimes. Reports claim that the man abused the young girl over 100 times in the two-year period. When Onsurez was questioned by police, he claimed that the then six-year-old was a, “curious child that wanted sex.”
“It was the harshest sentence he could impose, and that was the justice we were looking for,” said the girl’s mother of the original sentence. “Then two days later we get a phone call.”
The victim’s father says this case should be a lesson that hiding will never allow for change to occur.
"Even if you think justice has not been served, this is the kind of thing that cannot be kept secret, and allowed to go on any further," said Laurence, the girl’s father "This has to stop."
Judge Adams said in court that after a doctor was able to observe Onsurez, it was determined that he was at a low risk for abusing more children. It’s also being reported that the victim was Onsurez’s step-granddaughter.