Man Who Tried to Hook Up With 12-Year-Old Girl Gets Extra-Tough Sentence Because He’s a Pastor November 14, 2014

Man Who Tried to Hook Up With 12-Year-Old Girl Gets Extra-Tough Sentence Because He’s a Pastor

As much as I loathe child-soliciting creeps like youth pastor Deric Peacock, I’m not entirely sure it’s a sound application of legal principles to give him a tougher sentence than a non-clergy perp.

Deric Peacock, 30, was sentenced to serve five years in prison … by [Virginia] Circuit Court Judge Marcus Long. Peacock had online communications in which he exposed himself and said he fantasized about having sex with what he thought were a 12-year-old girl and her mother, but both were in fact a Christiansburg Police Detective.

Long sentenced Peacock to a total of 20 years, but suspended 15. The five-year sentence is 18 months above the high end of usual guidelines in such cases, county Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary Pettitt said. [The judge] agreed to go above guidelines because of Peacock’s role as a minister.

Criminals like this guy rub me the wrong way twice: once for their lawbreaking, and again for their stunning hypocrisy. I feel the same way about IRS employees who commit tax fraud, and about cops who do anti-drug-PSAs… and get caught stealing drugs.

However, being a hypocrite is not, in and of itself, a jailable offense. And what about the bedrock principle of equal treatment under the law?

Why do you agree or disagree with the sentence the judge imposed?


Browse Our Archives

What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment