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Last week’s conviction of George Kenneth Hayward on federal child pornography charges will certainly bring some relief to his Kingsville neighbors, whose suspicions about his reprehensible and repulsive activities were borne out by Hayward’s guilty plea in Baltimore Federal District Court. The charge of sexual exploitation of a minor to produce child pornography, to which Hayward pleaded guilty, involved a 5-year-old girl and some 192 video images, according to his plea agreement. Investigators in Harford County say they believe there was much more to Hayward’s activities, however, and probably over a longer period than the federal pornography case covered.

The good news from all this is the 72-year-old Hayward will probably be sentenced to 20 years in a federal prison. Federal time, unlike state time, means he’ll serve every day of those 20 years, unless he exits beforehand via the prison morgue.

At Hayward’s age, 20 years would appear to be an adequate sentence for his crime, but what if he were a younger man and what if he had been tried and convicted in a state court? Would we still feel satisfied with the justice being meted out against a child abuser and pornographer like Hayward? Would we still feel our community and our children were being adequately protected against this deviant? Possibly not.

At some point, state laws and punishments for child sex abusers must be made as tough or tougher than federal laws. With too many lenient state judges — particularly when it comes to child sex abuse cases — and with Maryland’s easy time sentencing rules, parole and modifications, somebody like George Kenneth Hayward might well live to abuse again. Fortunately, it’s not likely he will, but mainly thanks only to the jurisdiction his case took. Our community shouldn’t be put in position of having justice against child abusers and pornographers like Hayward left up to what amounts to the luck of the draw.


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user marc189 says...

I like the one and done. If you kill you die. Touch a child in this manner and you die. Then we would have no need for them registering when they get or have to worry about them hurting a child again. Too strong, try asking the victims or their parents if they feel it is too strong.


user anon4u2 says...

I agree and disagree with the editorial. The state laws would have been tough enough had they been used and not dropped as part of a plea deal. The state is not persuing them because it's not about the crime or victim, it's about the cost. He was charged in state court with 23 counts including 2 counts of 2nd degree rape and 2 of 3rd degree. It's cheaper to not spend jury time then also do the right thing and charge him with state as well. Some Offenders can be reformed, most can, but thats a judges call. This child rapist showed not a single ounce of shame or remorse. The Fed info showed that they has 499,000+ images an out of the 50,000 they looked at 1024 were child porn. so out of a tenth they found 1000 so looking at the similar figures that 10,240 pictures. Recomended is 240 months, but the judge can choose whatever in the guidelines. George Hayward impacted a 5 year olds life as well as at least 4 other girls. That in itself is horrid, but the lack of remorse, instead of 20 years and possible exit at 92, this man should NEVER be let out to play again.


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