Convicted Felon Charged With Repeated Rape of Autistic Teen Has Rap Sheet a Mile Long

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Gary AtkinsonThis is the stuff nightmares are made of: a 16-year-old autistic girl was kidnapped by a man who took her home and spent two days brutally raping her. The girl, who has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old, had wandered away from a home for developmentally disabled youth in East Oakland when cops say she encountered Gary Steven Atkinson, a 36-year-old man who has a string of violent felony convictions on his rap sheet.

In fact, I look at the string of seriously bad stuff this guy has been involved in, and I have just one question. What the heck was he doing on the streets to begin with?

Before getting hauled into court on three counts of rape of an incompetent person, three counts of a lewd act upon a child, and one count of attempted lewd act on a child for allegedly victimizing this poor girl, Atkinson had racked up convictions for assault with a deadly weapon, second-degree robbery, and second-degree commercial burglary. Oh, and he also has two petty theft convictions.

When do we say "when," people? When is someone considered such a detriment to society that they are sent to spend the rest of time rotting in a jail cell?

I understand we live in a country where the cost of corrections is skyrocketing. I understand too that we have a responsibility to use prisons to "rehabilitate" rather than simply to punish. But with some people, people like Atkinson, rehabilitation seems simply impossible. Each additional strike is like a smack in the face.

Now we look at this poor, defenseless girl. Her parents are still trying to figure out how the facility didn't have a better handle on where she was. But setting that aside, if she'd wandered off and Atkinson hadn't been out walking around, what are the chances that she would have been fine? That she wouldn't have had to spend two days being brutalized?

Maybe I'm naive, and someone else would have come along and taken advantage of a child wandering around. But then again ... maybe if someone had taken a look at this guy's rap sheet, made the right decision, everything would have been different.

When do we say when? When are career criminals taken off the streets? When?

If Atkinson is convicted, should it be life for him?


Image via Oakland Police

crime, child abuse, sex crime, autism


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Carme... Carmen8706

Rape in any form should result in a life sentence without parole with the FIRST conviction.  Life is exactly what this POS deserves. 

Tiffany Tonne

they let this guy out but my husband who was a soldier was helping his sister and her friend who comes out to be a run away and he gets arested for kidnapping bec his sister didnt tell him her friend was a run away when him and his sister picked her up as she was walking. they gave him 4 years for it and this guy gets to be out..hmm.. my husband has no record and was in the army when he got areasted and he gets put away... something is fucked up here

MomOf... MomOf2AndAZoo

Scum like this can't be rehabilitated. If someone rapes a child, I say give them a beating like they have never known, & then stick the needle in their arm. Instead, people worry about their rights. Which I say they forfeited when they harmed a child. I would gladly beat a monster like that to a pulp, & not lose a bit of sleep over it.

Cierra Ables

this dude need the death penalty or taken out back and the same thing done to him which ever he needs life and no chance of parole. THIS MAKES ME SICK!!!!

Gayla Walsh Lameier

Let's try this... Chop off their dicks, first offense. If they repeat the crime, put them in but since our prisons "can't handle" the volume, and "Death Penalty" is so cruel, recycle the prisoners who are this hard-core... let the prisons, instead, be a "waiting area" for donor transplants, and harvest their organs... society betters for it, and gosh, after they've "given back" to the community, maybe there's nothing left to worry about. 1 heart transplant, as well as a liver and kidney, would solve the problem. Cremate the rest, and use the ash for compost. Bet it would deter crime A LOT!1!

Nolanzo Nolanzo

Gayla... this is perhaps one of the best ideas I've heard in my lifetime!

Renee Nicole Ditmars

This guy should sit in jail and also the hime should have some sor of punishment

EcoErin EcoErin

I believe in the death penalty for the following crimes: rape, rape of a child, murder, murder of a child, human torture and animal torture. In these cases a person losses their "human" rights, they lost them when they made to decision to rape, murder, torture. Thats it done.
*I define torture of an animal, as someone who beats, starves, lights on fire, uses for sexual purposes and dog fighting.

T Kistler Schoony

I have a 10 year old child with severe autism and this breaks my heart... :'( That rapist should get the death penalty!

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