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    Nurse accused of molesting 2-month-old newborn

    SAN DIEGO — A San Diego pediatric nurse faces federal charges for repeatedly molesting a 2-month-old foster baby placed in his care, the FBI said Wednesday.
    FBI agents arrested Michael Williams Lutts, 50, on Tuesday at his home on the 4900 block of Tierra Baja, while executing a federal search warrant, according to agency spokesman Special Agent Darrell Foxworth. At the home, agents found a cell phone containing images and videos of Lutts performing sexual acts on the infant, Foxworth said.

    “The images were very disturbing.” said Foxworth. “During a review of that cell phone they unfortunately found images in the video of Mr. Lutts engaged in sexual molestation of this 2-month-old child that was in his custody.”

    Lutts, a foster parent, was given custody of the prematurely born baby on Aug. 4, investigators said. He apparently began document documenting acts of molestation with the cell phone on that date, Foxworth said.

    FBI agents identified Lutts while investigating another person accused of distributing child pornography. They determined that Lutz sent child pornography images to the person they were investigating.


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    And some asshole lawyer is going to try to get this idiot off when the best course of action would be to fry his nuts in sulfuric acid then he should be shot 8th amendment be damned.
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    Here's what I found disturbing, in parallel with this act of abuse:

    Lutts, a foster parent, was given custody of the prematurely born baby ...
    * Unless the pediatric profession has changed it normal usage, "premature" means this child was born at least a month before term; that the baby came into his custody at age 2 months suggests the baby had been born 2 or 3 months preemie (at least!), and had had to stay in the hospital until (s)he could survive without medical care; depending on what this creeper did to the baby, he could have severely or fatally injured the child;

    * Second and worse, this reprehensible alleged representative of the human race is a "foster parent" (!!!); does anyone reasonably believe this is the first child he's abused?;

    * I am, with difficulty, restraining myself from posting too possible speculations about the "responsible" DSS social workers.

    As for the death penalty ... CA could probably execute one deathrow inmate a day for a year and not completely depopulate deathrow. So between eternal court appeals and lack of political will (our current AG, when DA of SF, would not go for the death penalty for a cop killer!) a "death sentence" in CA is essentially free room and board for life.

    In the abstract, I certainly would support the death penalty for sexual abusers and assaulters where:

    * Serious bodily injury (or death) to the victim (regardless of age) occurred;

    * The victim was taken captive and abused/raped multiple times over a period of time;

    * Multiple/Serial rapists and abusers.

    An abuser in a position of trust (e.g. parent, foster/adoptive parent, teacher, coach) should never draw another breath in freedom, and if the law allowed execution of more egregious abuser, I would not object.
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    Two related points:

    * First, the near-eternal appeals business needs severe curtailment; procedural appeals should only be allowed in the first year after the verdict; after the first year, only appeals based on new evidence directly related to guilt or innocence should be permitted;

    * The application of the burden of proof, "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt", needs to be tightened up; while the number of people being exonerated years later by DNA evidence is not huge, it is enough to demonstrate that jurors are not recognizing equivocal or wrong evidence as being such, and people are being wrongly convicted; I do not think the justice system will ever be 100% correct, nor do I think it (or the death penalty) should be brought to a halt for that fact, but I think better juror instruction and full usage/access to DNA evidence (where applicable) can reduce the number of wrong convictions.
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    Having gone through the vetting process to be a foster parent, they are, or should be very thorough. Any blip should send his application to the circular file. That said, apparently he had a clean record because not only was he granted fostership but he was a pediatric nurse to boot. Now he should be publicly executed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJCardFan View Post
    Having gone through the vetting process to be a foster parent, they are, or should be very thorough. Any blip should send his application to the circular file. That said, apparently he had a clean record because not only was he granted fostership but he was a pediatric nurse to boot. Now he should be publicly executed.
    There obviously are many, many excellent foster parents, and I'm not saying that to patronize. And good foster parents won't be heard of in "news"papers or radio/TV "news". The foster "parents" who do are the ones who are utterly unfit (or worse) for foster-parenting. Sadly, such cases are not rare. I am blessed to know some good foster parents!

    Similarly, good CPS/DSS/etc. social workers do not get seen in the "news". That said, those social workers who destroy and severely injure families by abusing their power and let children get severely injured or killed by known abusers by failing to supervise them are far from few.

    Finding news stories about abusive foster "parents" or about power-abusing or derelict social workers would not be difficult. And while those would be "anecdotal", they would be real and are what, collectively with many other such cases, form what is known as "data".

    The full picture of the case at hand suggest two things to me: this abuser's actions, taken together, are consistent with some one who is experienced in abusing children sexually and with online places where abusers share their pleasures, not with a first-timer; either this abuser could write books on avoiding detection by social services' background checks, or the local DSS people did a perfunctory (or worse) background check (guess which I think more likely!).
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    Prospective foster parents are screened pretty well. Every perp has a first offense, or a first offense which ends with their arrest. Criminal record checks, having references and a positive job history are not 100 percent methods, but since most of the people who license foster parents can't read minds, well, sometimes a bad guy is going to get through the net.
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