Supporters rally around convicted chi...

Supporters rally around convicted child sex offender

There are 2 comments on the The Gaston Gazette story from Jul 12, 2012, titled Supporters rally around convicted child sex offender. In it, The Gaston Gazette reports that:

Want to go? Anyone who wants to participate in the rally can gather at Akers Center 7 a.m. Saturday.

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Shelly Stow

Millican, TX

#1 Jul 12, 2012
I do not know if Pastor Pettis is guilty or not, but neither does anyone else. There was no evidence except the word of the accuser. He was found guilty because the child is always believed. If he is guilty, then justice has been served. If he is not, justice is broken and bloody.

I do know that those who believe that children and teens never lie about such things are the ones who need the reality check. Recent cases document that this happens, and it happens more often than we would like to believe. Does anyone remember Bryan Banks? He was in jail for years for something he didn't do. How about the teacher who was falsely accused by a young student because he wouldn't let her play her music during class? And Michael Arena who spent years in prison even though his accuser recanted within months of making the accusation. And just yesterday or today an article reported a case where a girl made up an entire man with knife and abduction scenario to get her mother's attention.

Until we stop prosecuting cases based solely on the word of a self-professed victim in the absence of any sort of evidence at all, this will keep happening.
marie hargis

Charlotte, NC

#2 Jul 17, 2012
years ago back in the sixties. My Mother told of a story that happened in North Carolina. A truck driver married a woman with a teenage daughter. The girl became angry when he tried to discipline her. Orders she did not like. She accused of him molesting her. He almost went to prison. The only thing that saved him. The company he worked for kept a device in the trucks to record when the trucks were in operation. The dates and times she gave as evidence. He was driving in a different state. She just wanted to get even with him. Kids do things some times for the wrong reasons.

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