Iraq war vet charged in rape of Mich. infant makes plea deal

There are 20 comments on the May 31, 2008, WZZM Grand Rapids story titled Iraq war vet charged in rape of Mich. infant makes plea deal. In it, WZZM Grand Rapids reports that:

A former Army paratrooper who served two tours of duty in Iraq and was facing charges of raping a 3-month-old girl in Michigan has pleaded guilty to attempted child abuse.

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Pat S

Hudsonville, MI

#1 May 31, 2008
He needs life on any count for raping a 3 month old, and I sure hope he is in general population in jail. And people of Mi are still fighting Capitol Punishment. This guy is a classic example why Mi. needs the death pentaly!!!!!!!
mhl

Grand Rapids, MI

#2 May 31, 2008
I agree about the death penalty!! Up to 5 years? That is an outrage!! This is why we have so many crimes now. They just shorten the sentences and let them out to do it again!! So many of our crimes are from repeat offenders. How could anyone with a good heart allow this person to plead so low?!!
Gail in Wyoming

Wixom, MI

#3 May 31, 2008
This is sick. He pled guilty to attempted child abuse. This was not attempted, it was child abuse. This child will be damaged forever, and he gets up to 5 years. Our system at work again. What a pig!!

“What's Up?”

Since: Jan 08

Coopersville

#5 May 31, 2008
So sad......I cant believe all this in the news these days. What will our children face? Or shall I say, Who will our children face??
Peanut

United States

#6 May 31, 2008
Plea bargain for the !@!@@!@ is sick! What justice to that poor child he gets five years and she is in for a life of heart ache and suffering...What judge and attorney have the right to do this I hope he gets raped in prison...
outraged

Detroit, MI

#7 May 31, 2008
I can't believe they are dropping the charges of CSC and Child Abuse, What has our world come to. And only 5 years!! WOW. You can bet he'll be getting raped in prison, provided thats where he'll go. Knowing them, he'll be protected or something stupid due to him being a Vet. Whatever, so wrong. That poor child. 3 months old and abused like that. And drinking is NO excuse. How sick. Makes me wish i could just do the same thing to him that he did to that poor child, over and over and over. What a sick F***!!!
Jason

Allendale, MI

#8 May 31, 2008
Ugh. Makes me sick.
Dee

Wayland, MI

#9 May 31, 2008
Lets not blame this on his Army service or his drinking the guy sounds like he has had issues for along time and too bad he doesn't do the time for this terrible crime on this child....sick sick sick
A Mom Who Is Appalled

Grand Rapids, MI

#10 May 31, 2008
This is just sick!!!!! Our politicians need to start getting more severe punishments put into place for these sick a-holes who do things like this to our children. I cannot believe what this world is coming to.
Rape a child = slap on the hand.
Kill a child = slap on the hand.
Harm a child = slap on the hand.
Slap a politician who should have made a law to prevent it = life in prison.
amy

United States

#11 May 31, 2008
I don't care what this pig has been through i don't care what this pig served in or what he was drinking I don't care who he is or what he is..all I know is IF he raped a 3 month old baby he deserves his fucking nuts cut off and shoved down his throat!!!! NO EXCUSES!!
How can the authorities let him plea down to "attempted" anything!!!??? Did he rape the friggin baby or not?? Why is this story not more complete WZZM? It is veryyy vague! How did he break the childs 17 bones? What four incidents?
Regardless he needs LIFE or the death penalty if we had it..and castrated!
phyllis

Saranac, MI

#12 May 31, 2008
that is terrible and he is getting away with it. only five years? there are some, now I said some, women out there that are giving it away, but no he had to pick on this innocent child who is 3 months old. They should print everything he done to that child. and put his picture across the news paper, so everyone will know who he is , that is far from being sick in the head. may god put his hand on that child and heal her body and mind. And her family, where was they when this happen. I could never imagen that happening to a child that young. let alone other kids that aren't being protected these days, they don't have a chance. god protect them all.
Dee

United States

#13 May 31, 2008
Wow. Break 17 bones of a three month old baby, give the baby brain damage, and plea to "attempted" child abuse? Doesn't seem like he attempted, I'd say he DID. I hate this state even more now, this is ridiculous. Now some other sicko will do the same thing because it's only five years punishment. I hope that guy gets raped everyday for the next five years, gets more brain damage and feels some broken bones of his own. It's pathetic he could only find an infant to have sex with.
Dwayne Sager- Kalamazoo

Byron Center, MI

#14 May 31, 2008
I can not believe they would let him plea on a lesser charge, It shows just what the prosecuter wants, A win, not taking into concideration of what this baby has went through and what she will go through for the rest of her life. Alcohol is just an excuse, and him being a vet in the gulf war doesn't have anything to do with this, I hope the prosecuter can sleep at night, Im sure this child will have plenty of sleepless nights and nightmare. And to think they are here for the people of michigan and our rights. Or is it just a win for there team. I am totally discusted
Anita

AOL

#15 May 31, 2008
I cannot believe this sick Jerk is only looking at five years. This child is damaged for life, and he gets a slap on the wrist. What a sicko to do this in the first place, and then get off easy. I really hope someone gets to this guy for he does not deserve to be on this earth after what he has done.
BLR

Macomb, MI

#16 Jun 1, 2008
Coleman faces up to five years in prison; WHAT? This guy deserves more than just five years. He should be caged like an animal for the rest of his life. This was a 3-month old child....

Put this AH in general population and let prison justice take its course.

I would never wish harm to another person but this guy....
Adam Geldersma

United States

#17 Jun 1, 2008
5 years in prison? That's it? He should be sentenced to death immediately.
mom

United States

#18 Jun 1, 2008
where is this mom of this child if it had been my child he wouldnt have to do 5 years i would kill the stupid bastard
SWilliams

Jacksonville, FL

#19 Jun 1, 2008
Lets just hope one of these damaged vets walks into the state capitol with an Uzi or grenade and lets loose one of these days. What this country needs is a revolution. We are watching crap like this slide, yet go to the airport and it feels like we are behind the iron curtain. That is if any of these history ignorant people remember what the iron curtain was.
Gail in Wyoming

Wixom, MI

#20 Jun 1, 2008
SWilliams wrote:
Lets just hope one of these damaged vets walks into the state capitol with an Uzi or grenade and lets loose one of these days. What this country needs is a revolution. We are watching crap like this slide, yet go to the airport and it feels like we are behind the iron curtain. That is if any of these history ignorant people remember what the iron curtain was.
It's not just veterans that are scum of the earth to harm or kill a child. Be careful what you wish for.
Pam

Norfolk, VA

#21 Jun 1, 2008
How is brain damage and 17 broken bones attempted child abuse??? I don't understand why this was agreed to. Didn't they think they had enough evdience to convict him for life?? It's beyond sick!

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