St. Paul Man Charged in Sex Assault of Neighbor Boy
All too often in this country children are being sexually assaulted. We may expect this sort of behavior from a third world country, but not in our own backyard. It seems that people are way too paranoid of sex offenders, even though many who receive treatment rarely sexually assault again. Unfortunately the cases we hear of are of sex offenders recommitting the same type of crime. This is clearly shown in the case of Elijah Lewis Caliph.
Caliph is a 60 year old man who was recently convicted of attempting to sexually assault an 11 year old boy in St. Paul, Minnesota. The boy was getting off the bus one afternoon and was approached by Caliph. Caliph asked him if he was interested in a free go-kart, and the boy was. After luring the 11 year old to his apartment, Caliph attempted to unzip his pants, but before he made any more progress the boy fought back and ran from his apartment.
The police were soon called, and the 11 year old was able to give a detailed description of the man’s apartment. When the police questioned Caliph, he denied ever talking to the boy. During a search of the apartment the police found a young man diagnosed with autism, later finding out the young man was a neighbor of Caliph’s. The young man denied any claims of being assaulted by Caliph, and was one of Caliph’s neighbors. Caliph claimed he was there for a football party, and other party goers hid in the closet when the police arrived. The others were never found.
After further investigation, police obtained video surveillance showing the accused Caliph with the 11 year old boy in the lobby, entering an elevator. Police are currently charging Caliph with Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct. Caliph has a prior charges, including rape, deviate sexual assault, and indecent liberties with a child. This was back in 1980 in Illinois where he only served 6 years. If convicted he could face up to 12.5 years in prison, and be mandated to pay up to 17,500 dollars in fines.
Going back to the original question, are the restrictions on convicted sexual offenders enough? I would have to say no. In order to eliminate convicted offenders from re-offending, we need to get the point across the first time an individual offends. This should possibly be done in a way that if people are punished hard enough, others will think twice before feeding their evil appetite. I also believe these people should be mandated to regularly attend therapy sessions to help overcome their mental illness. Many jurisdictions seem to believe more in therapy, and “helping,” saying the individual is sick. I believe more in punishment than therapy, but both are key in overcoming their sickness.
To put the number of registered sex offenders in perspective, Normal has 25 registered convicted offenders. Bloomington on the other hand has 109 registered offenders. I think by getting tougher on the criminal act, we will be able to lower these numbers in the future.