FREDERICK, MD News (12/14/2022) – For years, a disturbing trend has been occurring in Frederick County – pedophiles receive very light sentences by Frederick County judges, or sometimes, no punishment at all other than probation.
Take for example Shawn Behal, who was arrested in July 2021 for child porn detectives believed were of children between ages 3 and 7. Per Maryland Case Search (C-10-CR-21-000570), Behal was sentenced to 254 days in jail, but the entire sentence was suspended. Instead, Behal must complete 5 years of supervised probation.
Joshua Scalera not only was arrested in 2018 for possession of child porn, but creating websites to sell it. Scalera was sentenced to 5 years, but then his sentence was suspended except for 18 months (C-10-CR-18-000537).
Julian Blackman was arrested for 10 counts of child porn in 2018, and sentenced to 5 years. Just like Behal, his entire sentence was suspended, and he only needs to serve 5 years probation (C-10-CR-18-000914).
Robert Beck, a former substitute teacher in Frederick County, was arrested for possession and distribution of child porn in 2018. He was sentenced to 5 years, but his sentence was suspended for all but 417 days (C-10-CR-19-000415). This is a man who was working with our children. Why does Frederick County judiciary feel such a light sentence is acceptable?
These are just a few cases. We’re sure there are more. In fact, through all our research we were unable to find any cases where a pedophile in Frederick County served their full sentence within the last 5 years, probably even further back.
Shockingly, the same judiciary will leverage local law enforcement to build secret law enforcement dossiers about journalists and critics, and even stop legitimate free speech protests criticizing judges for being lenient on these offenders.
What is wrong with Frederick County’s judicial system, that they feel it’s acceptable to give such leniency to convicted pedophiles? And how do we fix it, without being threatened with arrest on bogus charges?
“Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty.”–John Basil Barnhill
A free people should not fear their government.
Opinion Article by Ken Buckler, President and Managing Editor of Radio Free Hub City.