By Calvin Palmer
A convicted sex offender pleaded guilty today to the rape of a six-year-old boy at the public library in New Bedford, Massachusetts, a year ago.
Corey Deen Saunders, 27, pleaded guilty to rape of a child, indecent assault and battery-subsequent offense, indecent assault and battery, enticing a child and threats to commit a crime.
Saunders was arrested January 30, 2008, after he was accused of luring the boy to the magazine stacks while the child’s mother worked on a computer just a few feet away.
Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter asked Superior Court Judge Robert Kane to sentence Saunders to life in prison, citing the age of the victim and Saunders previous conviction for the 2000 attempted rape of a seven-year-old boy.
Saunders’ attorney,Alan Zwirbli, requested a shorter sentence, which would include probation.
The judge set a February 17 deadline for both sides to file documents. At that time, he will set a date for sentencing on the rape charge.
Seems like the authorities dropped the ball with this man. If he was convicted of attempting to rape a seven-year-old boy in 2000, why was he free to commit this act against the six-year-old?
At the time, Saunders was on probation after serving four years in prison for the attempted rape.
Saunders, designated a Level 3 sex offender believed most likely to re-offend, had been released by a judge in 2006 despite objections from prosecutors, who are allowed under state law to ask that sex offenders be locked up indefinitely after completing their prison terms. Three psychologists supported the commitment request, but the judge granted him probation, citing his lack of sexual crimes while in prison.
I guess there aren’t too many six- and seven-year-old boys in a prison.
If Saunders gets a shorter sentence and probation, will his attorney consider it a job well done? What does Zwirblis see when he looks in the bathroom mirror each morning? The six-year-old boy or dollar signs?