An Oklahoma armed government worker named Richard Mantooth has just been arrested – along with his wife – for serial child sexual abuse.
According to local media, Mantoooth – who until recently carried a gun and a badge – tortured and raped multiple underage victims while harassing and collecting for the Shawnee Police Department. He is alleged to have forced one victim to fellate him to “relieve kidney stones.”
He “said he can do anything he wants to do to her and she couldn’t do anything about it” – because he carried a badge and a gun.
Both the AGW and his wife, who allegedly helped Mantooth victimize his underage victims – were booked and held on $500,000 bond each.
In cases such as this one, the question arises as to whether – if guilt is established – a creature such as this ought to be punished more severely on account of his having a government-issued badge and gun and thus the ability to intimidate and otherwise victimize people that ordinary criminals lack.
Also, whether every person fined/convicted of any offense on the basis of the testimony of an “officer” whose word is prima facie questionable ought to be automatically revisited and even thrown out absent other evidence to support the conviction.
This would serve as a deterrent in future to similar atrocities – by motivating police departments to be very careful about who they hire to harass and collect.
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