Sending a Clear Message to Pedophiles, Society Will Not Accept Their Unthinkable Crimes…
Pedophiles share the characteristic of being “without natural affection” (Romans 1:31; 2 Timothy 3:2). The phrase “without natural affection” is translated from one Greek word, which means “inhuman, unloving, and unsociable.” One without natural affection acts in ways that are against the social norm. This would certainly describe a pedophile.
A man in Alabama was sentenced Wednesday to more than 600 years in prison for molesting five girls, all under the age of 16, the maximum possible sentence for his crimes.
Local news affiliate WSFA 12 reported that Raven Smith, 35, was sentenced to 615 years in prison. A judge reportedly structured his sentence to make the possibility of parole unlikely.
Raven Smith was sentenced to 615 years in prison Wednesday for sexually abusing five underage girls. (Houston County Sheriff’s Office)
News reports that Smith apologized to the families of his five victims in court, but the apology was not enough to sway the judge from imposing the six-century sentence. It wasn’t immediately clear if any of the sentences will be served concurrently.
District Attorney J.T. Jones appeared close to breaking down in tears during the trial when describing the extent of Smith’s crimes, which occurred over several years.
“When you deal with cases that involve children, particularly young children, it’s going to hit your heartstrings every time. You get to know them and you feel the pain they go through,” Jones told WSFA 12 after the hearing.
One victim’s mother, who
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