Thursday, July 12, 2012

Why?

A frequent question asked of this blogger is "why?" Why do I spend the time and effort writing a blog about David Stodghill?

Today's news about convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky points to one answer: because if people did the right thing when they saw an evil and reported it, sociopaths like Sandusky, and Stodghill, would not be able to harm as many children.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Stodghill files appeal

David Stodghill may have plead guilty to molesting two children, but that doesn't mean he really meant it.

Court documents show that Stodghill filed a motion for Post Conviction Collateral Relief related to his 1999 molestation of an underage girl. In November of 2010, Stodghill plead guilty to the charge as well as charges of molesting a pre-teen in 2009. He was sentenced to serve four to eight years in prison, and will be required to register as a violent sexual offender for the rest of his life.

If accepted, the appeal could mean a reduced sentence, and lessen the severity of his sexual offender status.
"Post-conviction relief is a general term related to appeals of criminal convictions," according to US Legal.com, "which may include release, new trial, modification of sentence, and such other relief as may be proper and just."
Since Stodghill plead guilty, his appeal may be to challenge that his plea was "unlawfully induced where the circumstances make it likely that the inducement caused the petitioner to plead guilty," based on how Post Conviction Collateral Relief can be used in Pennsylvania (source).