This guy! This guy is not mentally sound! This guy has done some terrible stuff! Details follow below.
According to KRMG in Oklahoma, Girouex confessed to police that he had sex with at least four youths, but eight more have since come forward claiming that they were also violated by the now former pastor of Victory Fellowship Church.
Girouex told detectives that his actions were meant to “help with homosexual urges by praying while he had sexual contact with [them]” in order to keep them “sexually pure” for God. He then allegedly told police that “when they would ejaculate, they would be getting rid of the evil thoughts in their mind.”
How bad is it?
Now, on the topic of Girouex’s sentence:
Girouex pleaded guilty to sexual abuse in the third degree. He also entered an Alford plea on two counts of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist, admitting prosecutors had enough evidence to find him guilty. One charge is a felony, and the other is a misdemeanor.
A judge issued a 17-year prison sentence Wednesday, but then suspended it to allow Girouex to get sex offender treatment and probation. Girouex’s probation will last five years — the maximum allowed by law.
Girouex will also be under the supervision of the Iowa Department of Corrections for the rest of his life, as part of the state’s special sentence for sex offenders,
This is…interesting. I’m extremely pro-rehabilitation whenever feasible. However, this guy clearly is an exceptional case. I’m trying to find information on Oklahoma’s sex offender treatment, but I’m getting a bunch of broken links and statistical information that doesn’t really tell me what is done. This guy definitely needs to undergo serious treatment and/or therapy and should not be allowed near children at all until said treatment/therapy is completed. Even then, probation is obviously a must (although in this guy’s case five years might seem a bit short even though it’s the legal max in Oklahoma). No, the guy shouldn’t be tortured brutally and raped and then killed as many ITGs/people who don’t understand the justice system will suggest. Still, this sentence is something that will probably generate a lot of controversy, which is probably good in the long run.
The (other) big thing to focus on at this point is the rehabilitation of the children he sexually abused. IMO, they need to be compensated somehow (if they haven’t been already), which may (should?) include cost of psychological treatment.
I hope that those children recover, and that this guy never molests children again (no, I don’t believe this guy getting tortured/raped/killed for his heinous crimes is a good thing).