100-year term for mentally disabled Paris man questioned

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

PARIS, Texas (AP) - Attorneys and advocates are questioning why an 18-year-old East Texan with profound mental disabilities was sentenced to 100 years in prison in a child sex abuse case.

The Dallas Morning News reports a neighbor in Paris found Aaron Hart fondling her 6-year-old stepson in September. He was convicted on five counts from the incident.

Hart had no criminal record, has an IQ of 47 and was diagnosed as mentally disabled as a child. He never learned to read or write and speaks unsteadily.

Texas Tech law professor Daniel Benson called Hart's punishment absurd. Repeat child molesters and rapists have routinely received
lighter sentences.

Advocates say counseling, probation or placement in a group home
would have been more appropriate.

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  • by Adeline Location: Wright City Ok on Jul 14, 2009 at 07:35 PM
    Who can make a difference? Who is willing to speak out for the weak? Who do you contact to initiate change? It all starts with people we elect. It all starts with "We The People." It is our job to stand up for the weak. It is our job to put right with what has gone wrong. It is our job to make the change by first looking at the person in the mirror who stares back at us everyday. My heart and prayers go out to both families. May God have mercy on all our souls, especially the judge and lawyers who have lost a sense of justice. May they be able to live with their consequences and one day be done as they have done to others and forgiven of their trespasses as they forgiven of trespasses against them.
  • by Adeline Location: Wright City OK on Jul 14, 2009 at 07:23 PM
    I am appalled at what our world and judicial system has become. What Aaron did was wrong. There is no argument about that. His actions must have consequences. There is no argument about that. What is the real problem? Better yet, what is a better solution? Can sex offenders be rehabilitated? Statistics suggest no. But life and faith have taught and showed me they can. The truth is... how many facilities or other means of help is there for those who don't have the thinking capacity and impulse control over their behaviors? Who has the patience and compassion to teach and role model love and compassion? As a society, we are all failing each other and ourselves, but above all God or some higher being. 100 years is to long. And a lifetime of the memory of being molested is too long. Does 2 wrongs make a right? The root of the problem is a crooked judicial system and society. What saddens me most is this is our nation, our laws that we created and it's not working. It's is time for a change.
  • by andy patton on Jul 13, 2009 at 01:39 PM
    jail jail yes noney andy130 moneny wrongfree wrongyes man you worng you jail yes court wrong womenyou
  • by amie Location: paris on Jul 10, 2009 at 07:29 PM
    who cares is your mentally not all there. you dont mess around with kids. that 100 sentenc does not compare to the childs life and innocence
  • by Frank Location: Grayson on Jun 29, 2009 at 11:44 AM
    BooHoo,Ardmore has a good point. They can lock this young fellow up for 100 years, but that child he supposedly molested will still be at danger because the child isn't being properly watched after.We all know that is a very unreasonable sentance, given the young man is so mentally disadvantaged. Ralph, you are right, I think we are electing more and more that deserve to be locked up themselves.This young man wouldn't be a freak, dookie, if he was your son. Got an idea you would squeel like a pig..........
  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Jun 29, 2009 at 08:05 AM
    To Boo-boo, Ardmore: No, Texas doesn't lock up everyone with a developmental disability. We usually just elect them.
  • by In-Correct Location: Texoma Land on Jun 26, 2009 at 11:44 PM
    There is absolutely no reason to give Mr. Hart One HUNDRED Years for punishment. How often do they give 100 year sentences?! Not as often as they should!! There are so many criminals that are free and don't even get punished at all!! I wonder if Mr. Hunt is even aware of his surroundings and what is happening to him.
  • by here Location: gone on Jun 25, 2009 at 11:31 AM
    ok we get that he did abuse a child but heck i just saw a story where a guy has been arrested more then 20 times good lord he needs to be in a home where he is watched and taken care of and the women who left the child with him knows that the man isn't all there so why would you leave him in the care of him!!! You can be raped assaulted and never hardly ever spend time behind bars or bail out and be on probation but never have i ever heard of this!!! Its crazy as hell!!!
  • by TX Mom on Jun 23, 2009 at 03:52 PM
    I am wondering how he got 100 years and murderers and other sex offenders with complete ability to plan and form intent for their offenses get lighter sentences than this guy. He must have had the worst lawyer in Texas - which will be his first item for an appeal. His attorney was an idiot.
  • by Bill Location: Texas on Jun 20, 2009 at 06:09 AM
    This show's our Law Enforcement people are getting away with anything they want to do.
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