So have you heard the story of the Pennsylvania pervert who whined about his oober-lenient child porn sentence? Isn’t there something that makes justice sweeter when the smoking gun comes from the wrongdoer’s own hand?
Back in 2005, Richard Balsavage was sentenced to a mere 9 to 23 months in jail in Berks County, Pa. after pleading guilty to taking pornographic photos of a child. After serving his sentence, he remained on probation for a period of time, during which he apparently went back to his old tricks. When child pornography was found in his possession during his probation, Balsavage was sentenced to an additional 3-1/2 to 7 years in prison.
Claiming that he didn’t have a fair chance to express remorse before sentencing, Balsavage whined that the sentence was too harsh. The judge acquiesced, allowing re-hearing at which Balsavage poured out his heart apologetically. But his efforts were futile, because the judge had, in the interim, learned of Balsavage’s admitted history abusing children … the photos were apparently only the tip of the iceberg.
If Balsavage had kept his mouth shut, he could have been out in a few too-short years; instead, his new sentence — 24-1/2 to 49 years. Ahhh, sweet justice. Now, the judge, Judge Stephen B. Leiberman, may have somewhat of a reputation of his own (at least, according to Google), but whether the rumors of bias or his publicly lashing of lawyers are true, this time he got it right. While the lengthy years won’t undo his disgusting prior acts, they go much further to protect other children from this one pedophile.