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‘Too Short to Survive in Prison’

A US judge has handed a lenient sentence to a man convicted of sexually assaulting a child, because he’s short.

A US judge has sentenced a man convicted of sexually assaulting a child to probation instead of jail, fearing he is too short to survive in prison.

Nebraska’s attorney-general will appeal the sentence as being “far too lenient.”

The judge’s sentence outraged advocates for child sexual abuse victims. But supporters of short people said it is about time someone recognised the challenges they face.

Richard Thompson, only 1.55 metres tall, had faced up to 10 years in prison after he was convicted of two charges sexually assaulting a minor – the 12-year-old daughter of his fiancee – in Sidney, Nebraska.

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Marla Sohl, of the Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition, said the judge was more concerned for the criminal and his safety in prison than for his victim.

But Joe Mangano, secretary of the New York-based National Organisation of Short Statured Adults, said he agreed that Thompson would face more dangers in prison because of his height.

Give me a break. He sexually assaulted a child. If he becomes some other prisoner’s little “wife”, then so be it.

At least he won’t have to bend down to pick up the soap.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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