Atlanta Journal-Constitution Asks: Are We Doing Enough to Protect Children from Predators?

Dale Antonio Davis (Photo: Contributed)
Dale Antonio Davis (Photo: Contributed)

You expect all sorts of ghouls and goblins to come out on Halloween night. You even expect that such a spooky holiday will be a little bit weird, even scary.

On Halloween night 2017, Dale Antonio Davis went way above anything I could’ve imagined, let alone expect. Davis put a bag over the head of a 13-year-old girl, drove her to a house and raped her.

According to news stories, the little girl tried to fight him off but he wouldn’t stop. When he was done, the little girl asked two men for help and they flagged down police.

Within weeks of the attack, Davis, out on bond on charges related to a family violence case, was arrested and charged with statutory rape, kidnapping, simple battery and child molestation.

The good news is he finally fessed up, pleading guilty to statutory rape, the only charge prosecutors presented to the grand jury.

That was a travesty in and of itself, but what happened next is incomprehensible.

Last month, Davis, now 50, was sentenced to just three years in prison. Even if you add the seven years he’ll serve on probation, having to register as a sex offender and having no more contact with the victim, it still reeks.

Where is the justice in that?

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SOURCE: Gracie Bonds Staples
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution