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Hickson Gets Off Light in Molestation of Young Girl
A Column by the Editor
web posted July 25, 2012
COLUMN – I will admit from the beginning I
have a very real bias in this case. The young girl victimized by now
convicted sex offender Bobby Hickson is a neighbor and the family
members are personal friends. I was deeply involved in the case from
the very beginning. Although I do not begrudge Circuit Court Judge
Thomas Russo for his ruling to agree to accept the plea agreement, I
think the agreement did not fit the crime.
After the investigation concluded, here are the charges Bobby Hickson
Sr. was charged with for the "planned" (her grandmother's words) sexual
assault of the precious 14-year-old girl at his home while he was
entrusted to protect her while in his care.
Criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, dropped to 2nd degree: 20
Kidnapping: 25 to life.
Contributing to the delinquency of a minor (providing alcohol): 10
Disseminating pornographic material to a minor: 10 years.
Lewd act upon a minor: 10 years.
Even if given the minimum for each count, Hickson, upon conviction,
would face upwards of 75 years behind bars. As a result of the plea
agreement he will serve only six.
As Judge Russo stated, he does not always agree with the plea
agreements, but since the family of the victim and the victim agreed,
he would accept it but chose on his own to impose Hickson having to
register as a sex offender upon his release.
As I do in many cases, I observe as an objective spectator and
understand the plea bargain process (of which I often disagree) as a
fact of life. Six years for stealing the innocence of a 14-year-old
girl who was just starting to find out who she wanted to be in life
cannot be replaced.
With his plea on Tuesday, Bobby Wallace Hickson Sr. admitted he stole
the innocence of a family friend's 14-year-old daughter and with that
her past, her present, and her future. To serve only six years behind
bars for his crime is absurd.
An 8th grader who had just finished the school year and was heading to
high school in the coming fall should never be subjected to such
I am a firm believer in that once a suspect has refused to accept a
plea prior to trial and a jury being drawn; all deals should be off the
table. The suspect should plead to the charges as filed or face trial.
That would be in a perfect world.
The victim and the family are happy that Hickson is now a convicted sex
offender, will do time behind bars, and will have to report as a sex
offender for the rest of his life.
Perhaps they are better Christians than I. I would not have allowed a
plea of anything less than full absolution on all charges and the
possibility of life behind bars once the trial was set to get underway.
That choice was theirs and I respect that decision.
should be greatful he was allowed to plea to such a light sentence.
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