September 4, 1996 in Nation/World

Judge Defends Sex Offender’s Probation

Compiled From Wire Services

A judge criticized for placing a Hmong child molester on probation for 24 years and ordering him to learn English defended the sentence Tuesday as a “true and just decision.”

Circuit Court Judge Ramona Gonzalez also rejected criticism that she would have treated the defendant more harshly if the victims had been white.

Sia Ye Vang’s sentence was criticized by social workers in the Hmong community, and a state lawmaker vowed to introduce legislation requiring a minimum one-year sentence for convicted sex offenders.

Vang, 32, of Detroit, was sentenced Aug. 23 after being convicted of four counts of first-degree sexual assault on his stepdaughters, who were 10 and 11 years old at the time.

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