Sixty-three-year-old James Phillips Edwards was just sentenced by a Kansas City judge to 245 years in prison. Edwards was convicted of sexually assaulting 13 girls over a four-year period, during which he drugged them with sleeping pill-laced ice cream then used them to make porn videos. In March of 2011, Edwards pleaded no contest to 21 counts related to making and distributing child pornography, but it was earlier this week when he was handed down his sentence.
Just when you thought this story couldn't get any more disturbing, Edwards was reportedly defiant in the courtroom and announced his plan to start a "pro-pedophile" movement from behind bars.
He's also written an essay called "The Pedophile Minority" in which he described how he'd like to be the flag-bearer for all pedophiles and detailed his plans to carry out his dream while in prison.
The judge told Edwards that his conduct is incomprehensible, but I can think of a few other words to describe this sort of behavior, like ... sick, terrifying, unconscionable, and barbarous.
There has been some discussion recently about pedophilia being a sexual orientation, and while I can't say one way or another whether I agree with the claim, it would seem that Edwards is of the ilk where he cannot imagine life without sex with children. When someone goes as far as to admit to starting a pro-pedophile movement, after having been sentenced to over 200 years in jail for the crime, you have to assume he doesn't see, or perhaps feel, that anything is wrong with his actions.
And that, to me, is the scariest part about this story. The only thing that could've made the story even more frightening is if this guy was loose on the streets. Our comfort can come from the actuality that he'll be locked up forever.
But, at the same time, if he's not in solitary confinement, does he pose a danger of spreading his pedophilia gospel?
Maybe that, in fact, is the scariest part.
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