The evidence keeps piling up higher and deeper everyday. If dads were "discriminated" against 30 years ago, that's no longer the case now. The pendulum has swung way in the other direction. We have a Brooklyn, New York mom in solitary confinement, no bail, because she objected to her son visiting his convicted serial rapist father in an Arizona prison. Now we are told that dad CHAD ANTHONY LEHMAN in Washington State, who has been CONVICTED OF RAPING A 13-year-old girl can have "contact with his daughter." EVEN THOUGH HE CAN'T HAVE ANY CONTACT WITH ANY OTHER GIRLS. How SWEET. And you don't think the 11-year-old daughter is in any danger being around this guy? Bullsh**. Especially when the Department of Corrections is wavering on whether he needs supervision.
Here's the deal in a nutshell. Would you send your 11-year-old daughter for a visit? Didn't think so. What ever happened to common sense and reasonable standards?
Superior Court Judge Jim Stoner needs a serious reality check. If felons can't vote, can't walk around free in society because they have violated the public trust, then why is it their "rights" as fathers are suddently sacred? Maybe Daddy should have considered all this BEFORE he raped a child. But no, why should he? He gets all his rights no matter what the f*** he does. Disgusting.
Ex-Longview man convicted of raping teen can see his daughter, judge rules
Story Discussion By Tony Lystra / The Daily News Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 5:15 pm
A Cowlitz County judge ruled Thursday that a former Longview man convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl can have contact with his daughter after the state Court of Appeals demanded clarification on the matter earlier this year.
The Washington State Court of Appeals said in January that the Cowlitz County Prosecutor's office had not established whether Chad Anthony Lehman, who pleaded guilty to second-degree rape of a child in 2003, poses a danger to his daughter, who now is around 11 years old.
On Thursday, Cowlitz County Deputy Prosecutor David Phelan told the court a counselor involved with the case recommended that Lehman, 36, be allowed to see his daughter and that the prosecutor's office would not stand in Lehman's way.
Superior Court Judge Jim Stonier ruled that Lehman can see his daughter, but cannot have contact with other minor girls.
Lehman, who was recently released from prison and now lives in Everett, attended Tuesday's hearing but didn't comment. His attorney, Bruce Hanify of the Cowlitz County Office of Public Defense, called the ruling "a good outcome."
It will be up to the Department of Corrections, which is in charge of Lehman's community custody, to determine whether the visits with his daughter will be supervised, Hanify said. Hanify said Lehman's daughter lives with her mother, who is not married to Lehman.
The Department of Corrections had allowed Lehman's daughter to see him in prison in 2003 and 2004, but the agency stopped the visits without explanation, according to court documents. The conditions of Lehman's community custody restrict him from contact with girls under the age of 18, according to court documents.
Lehman appealed, and the appeals court sent the matter back to Cowlitz County.
Lehman's victim told police Lehman attacked her in 2003 while she was helping him move out of his house in the 3100 block of Hemlock Street. The girl said he locked her in the garage, raped her repeatedly, forced her to smoke methamphetamine and threatened to harm her if she told anyone.
Department of Corrections spokesman Chad Lewis said it varies from case to case whether courts take away convicted sex offenders' rights to see their children.