Is This Justice?
A few days ago I told you the terrible story of a 10-year-old boy who was attacked in a Portland Wendy's bathroom by convicted sex offender Adam Lee Brown.
New information released in court documents say that a flat tire started it all. Here's an excerpt from OregonLive with some new details:
The family of the 10-year-old boy who was assaulted in a Northeast Portland Wendy's on July 1 had not stopped at the fast-food restaurant to eat. They were returning from a weekend camping trip when a tire on their car went flat. They rolled to a Les Schwab Tire Center in the 2900 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard, but it was closed. While the family was trying to figure out what to do next, the 10-year-old said he needed to use the bathroom. His father asked his 17-year-old nephew to accompany his son to the Wendy's next door.
As the 10-year-old boy walked into a single-stall restroom, predatory sex offender Adam Lee Brown is accused of following him in, locking the door, pulling out a knife and ordering him to take off his clothes, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court.
Brown, who had a warrant out for his arrest since he took off from the Henry building in downtown Portland and failed to report to his parole officer June 6, told pre-trial service officers after his arrest that he was homeless, had not taken his medication for a month and was using methamphetamine and marijuana. He told them his diagnosis had been bipolar disorder and he was prescribed Lithium and Seroquel.
Part of my previous story talked about the fact that Brown was released five years prior to the end of his sentence, and that lawmakers are considering reducing sentences for prisoners. Adam Brown is a poster child for what is wrong with this idea. You let a sex offender out of his cage FIVE YEARS early, and goes out and attacks another child.
This leads me to ask...is this what you call justice? I think the families of the children that Adam Brown attacked would say no, and I have to say that I agree.