How is it you guys keep mis reading this?
He had an active grooming relationship with the girl.
He was writing sexually explicit notes to her.
He was getting very close to the initial abuse.
As of the time of the article he had not yet been sentenced. The 14 years is listed as the max possible, not the sentence he got.
None of you should be minimizing what this scumbag did to this little girl. Now she's probably 9 and seems ok but what is going to happen when she reaches puberty and realizes what was going on? How is she going to misdevelope because of the ugly view of herself as a sex object at the age of 8! What is she going to think of herself that a MAN was sexually interested in her at age 8? How is she going to see her own behavior manipulated as it was by him? Certainly she is going to take responsibility for her own actions and blame herself a little at least. That is only natural, it would be weird and alarming if she didn't. Will she become sexually active and slutty in response to the confusion? Turn to drink or drugs or both? How about the unwanted sexual fantasies of herself with him? (that WILL happen) What is that going to do to her?
You all seem to be missing the real story here. How I do not know. The 14 years if that is what he gets, for what he did is not close to enough time as far as I am concerned.
Murder is finite its over there is no more suffering on the victims part, this will cause lifelong suffering without end. She will always have to work to be "normal" and keep this damage at bay. Like all of us do when we can.
How do all of you miss these facts? I am shocked and wonder at what hes been said to minimize this guys evilness.
As Mark Twain once quipped, history may not repeat itself, but it does rhyme.