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Sex Offender Out of Prison Less Than a Year Allegedly Molests Two Young Girls

by Kiri Blakeley on November 16, 2012 at 12:54 PM

We live in a society where we give people second chances. Unless someone kills a person or multiple persons in a pre-meditated crime, people are usually let out of jail at some point, put on probation, and it's hoped that they'll turn their lives around. Many do. Many, unfortunately, do not. That seems to be the case with sex offender Mario Lopez (no connection to the X-Factor host!) who had only been out of prison on a sex assault charge for less than a year when he reportedly snuck into a building and molested two little girls in the laundry room.

Lopez apparently waited by the front door of a building in Queens, New York until he saw someone who lived in the building enter with her key. He then snuck in behind her. He then allegedly waited by the elevator until he saw two young girls, ages 9 and 4. He then asked them to help him with his laundry in the laundry room.

When the naive young girls followed him to the laundry room, he allegedly smacked one on the buttocks and molested another under her clothes. He then offered them candy before fleeing the scene. Luckily, surveillance camera footage caught the suspect and a keen-eyed parole officer identified him as Lopez.

Lopez had already been arrested in 2000 for the sex assault of a 20-year-old and was a registered Level 3 sex offender. He was sentenced to prison in 2003 and just released this year. Obviously, turning around his life was not on his mind.

What exactly do you do with people like this? Do you put them away for prison their entire life after one assault? If so, how could we even build enough prisons and come up with enough money to house them all? Do people never deserve a second chance?

Do sex offenders always relapse? Child molesters have a high rate of relapse, but this guy had been convicted of assaulting an adult. It's just so heartbreaking, confusing, and anger-inducing.

Of course, one can wonder why the children were in their building alone. But it was only 7 p.m. and in their own building. Still ... you just can't be too careful, especially in a building without a doorman, which this one sounds like it was. Thank god he didn't do worse to them.

Did the justice system fail? What can be done to help prevent this kind of thing?


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Filed Under: child abuse, crime, in the news

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  • Saman...
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    Samantha Wortham

    November 16, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Why were the children alone? The oldest was 9 freaking years old. I took my butt to the park and played with friends by 6. I even (gasp) walked to school with my brother in first grade too. Crimes against children have even dropped since my day. I just hate how all the people complain that kids just sit around the house all day getting fat but then those same people then complain that we should never let our children go anywhere ever. Besides that,

    Whats next? Ask a rape victim, "Why were you walking to your car by yourself? Your a woman and should know to have an escort every waking moment you are outside your home."


  • dixie...
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    dixiechick2

    November 16, 2012 at 2:43 PM
    Castration?
  • Maevelyn
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    Maevelyn

    November 16, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    I think if we have to send you BACK to jail for something like this, you should get a life sentence. 


  • Islan...
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    IslandMomOf4

    November 16, 2012 at 7:10 PM
    I'm not overtly religious but I recall hearing, "If thy member offend the, cut it off." I think situations like this would be appropriate use of that!
  • Lisa...
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    Lisa Stitzel Brown

    November 16, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    What should we do with sex offenders?  I would have no problem throwing them off the roof of a building, but hey that's just my opinion.


  • storm...
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    stormystar15

    November 16, 2012 at 8:35 PM
    I think repeat offenders whether it be sexual assault, child molesters, murders, etc after their first conviction and they get out and do the SAME THING again should be exicuted. It'd free up space in the jail and it'd save tax payers money too.
  • storm...
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    stormystar15

    November 16, 2012 at 8:35 PM
    I think repeat offenders whether it be sexual assault, child molesters, murders, etc after their first conviction and they get out and do the SAME THING again should be exicuted. It'd free up space in the jail and it'd save tax payers money too.
  • Carle...
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    Carleene Ratliff

    November 16, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    I went to a talk several years ago on child safety. i showed a viedo made in a prison  when asked if they would sexually abuse a child after they got several said yes. one was so shur he would he asked not to be let out. most will reoffend that is why many states have laws limitingwhere they can live

    my daughter was molested and my stepm dad said his cure was put them on stump nail the organ to the stump then push them over backwers.

     


  • Craft...
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    CraftyJenna

    November 16, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Child molesters should face the death penalty. They cannot be rehabilitaed. 


  • PRIMA487
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    PRIMA487

    November 16, 2012 at 11:25 PM
    All molesters should face the death not just child molesters, every last one!
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