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CWM: Bekken sentence on light side

CWM (RE: Bekken gets 107 days in jail, $10K fine, 3 years probation): That punishment seems a little light in my opinion, and an even worse excuse. Why is that everyone who commits these types of crimes nowadays decides after the fact that they have a diagnosis? I am sure sex addiction is a real thing, but I would bet dollars to doughnuts that a better explanation would be that he was a self righteous, self centered, egotistical individual(not the word I wanted to use, but it will do) who realized he was in a position to take advantage of young, vulnerable women and took full advantage of the opportunity, thinking he was smarter than everyone else in the room so there was no way he would get caught, right up to the point that he did. Then I am sure he was sorry, but not for what he did.

Question: Do you think, as CWM does, that the sentence handed down to financial aid-for-sex criminal Joseph Bekken was too light?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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