December 5, 2006

LA Times: My Neighbor, Child Molester

Filed under: Random Stuff — Bob Gifford @ 8:28 pm

The Los Angeles Tiimes has a riveting story on its front page today:

MY neighbor was a child molester.

I know because of the signs.

Michael Miletti’s face, name and address appear on posters lining Wapello Street in Altadena, with the admonishment: “Leave Our Neighborhood Now Child Molester.” Up since May, the signs are staked into lawns, taped to trash cans and nailed to tree trunks.

I live around the corner with my wife and 7-year-old daughter. Suddenly, an issue that had seemed abstract became deeply personal.

The article is written by Peter Hong, who lives around the corner from Miletti. As he says, his account isn’t abstract, it’s deeply personal. It’s also morally ambiguous: should someone who has served his time in prison be forced out of a neighborhood without any evidence that he presents a danger? Miletti was convicted of abusing his daughter and served his prison time. When he married a widow in Altadena (next door to Pasadena), he registered according to the requirements of the California sex offender laws. Since then, his neighbors have been trying to force him to move out of their neighborhood. Recidivism rates for sexual offenders is 40%, but Miletti maintains that he isn’t a pedophile (he says he began abusing his daughter for emotional and psychological reasons following the sudden death of his wife).

This is such a compelling story because both sides are right. Hong hasn’t painted this in black and white, but shades of gray. Here’s the side of those that want him to leave:

More than 30 houses line Miletti’s block, and most of them have signs calling for him to leave. One of the homes at the end of the block belongs to Erik Hargrave, 40. He recalled the day he and his wife received the mailer. It came on his daughter’s second birthday. His wife, who had recently given birth to their second child, burst into tears.

Hargrave and about a dozen neighbors met at Farnsworth Park’s Greek-style amphitheater. There was anxiety over having a sex offender on a block with so many young children. They also discussed the potential effect his presence could have on property values and decided both to post the signs and create an e-mail distribution list.

Another of the anti-Miletti organizers, Joseph Llorens, the father of a 12-year-old boy, lives across the street from Hargrave. A manager for a utility company, Llorens, 44, had actually been a friend of Miletti’s wife; he had joined her and her then-husband for Thanksgiving dinner a few years ago.

“I do not want him to harm children in our area,” he said. “I cannot protect the whole world; my goal is just to get him out of our area.”

Then there are those on the other side of the debate:

Some of those who are most against vilifying Miletti live closest to him.

Wayne Weiss, 58, a documentary filmmaker who lives across the street, said he finds the signs unsightly. He thinks they so dominate the streetscape that the neighborhood could end up defined by them.

“They’ve got Christmas Tree Lane over there,” he said, gesturing across Lake Avenue to the neighborhood famous for its holiday light displays. “Is this going to become Pedophile Lane?”

Hari Nayar, 48, and Ruth Landsberger, 47, who have two children ages 9 and 6, also live across the street. The couple don’t know Miletti and his wife, and they don’t feel their children are endangered. Sexual abuse typically is inflicted by family members or friends, they believe, as it was in Miletti’s case. The state’s Megan’s Law website confirms their view, noting that 90% of child victims know their abuser, with almost half the offenders being a family member.

As they discussed their views with me, their 6-year-old listened in while their 9-year-old sat nearby reading “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”

The sign campaign “may not be teaching these guys good values,” Landsberger said. “It is not teaching tolerance. It’s more like vigilantism.”

I appreciate the ambiguity, the shades of gray in this story, because it requires us to be humble. We often think our legal system is able not just to judge a person’s guilt or innocence, but their soul as well. The theological argument is that governments are acting as God’s agents on earth, and when judges impose a sentence they are meting out God’s own justice. Thus, God is on our side, and we are free to judge as harshly as we see fit.

Bunk.

No legal system can judge a person’s soul and deliver the punishment they truly deserve, nor the grace they truly deserve. Jesus tells us that we aren’t to judge others, but are to leave judgment in God’s hands. What our justice system can do, and do well, is to deter crime. By imposing consequences on criminal behavior, we create a disincentive for those behaviors, and hopefully dramatically reduce their frequency. The purpose of these deterrents is to protect our selves, our families, and our property, but not to deliver judgment in God’s stead. If we are truly to follow Jesus’ commands, we should forgive, and even love, the sex offender even as we sentence them to prison for their actions. There is no conflict between the forgiveness and the punishment – we do what we have to do to protect society, all the while recognizing that redemption is available even to the child molester.

So when we look at a convicted child molester in our midst, the same thiinking should pertain. We can’t judge the man’s soul. He is a sinner, but then so are we, and we all need forgiveness and grace. If the job of judging is lifted from our shoulders, then all have left to do is to protect our children and love our neighbor. So the question in this situation isn’t the state of Miletti’s soul, but whether he is still a danger to children, and if so how to protect them.

Here’s the part that bothered me:

Llorens and Hargrave once got into a heated exchange with Miletti over their signs. The two raised their voices in anger, while Miletti remained calm.

Llorens felt Miletti wanted to bait him or Hargrave into hitting him so he could make some kind of claim against them, he said. No blows were struck. Miletti also offered to tell his story, Llorens recalled. “I said I don’t even want to know. How can you justify doing that to a 6-year-old?” Llorens told Miletti to go home, which he did.

Mr. Llorens is not interested in learning more about Milietti so he can determine whether he is still a danger. It’s all judgment, with no door open to grace. The least his neighbors owe Miletti is to hear his story. With this article, now they have.

And what about the author? He concludes:

I did not enjoy meeting Michael Miletti. I wanted him to show more remorse. I thought a father who had harmed his child ought to outwardly display torment. Forever.

But perhaps his behavior reflected his having had 13 years to come to terms with his sins, while my expectations were based on learning of them only months ago.

In any case, Miletti’s obligations are to the law, not to me. I know he has paid for his crime and has led a law-abiding life ever since. Yet I will keep my child away from him. That is good enough for me.

I know it’s not enough for some of my neighbors. The signs remain on Wapello Street. Those who want Miletti out are planning pickets outside his house. They will not stop, they say, until he leaves.

Jesus’s commandment that we shouldn’t judge others is incredibly difficult to follow, as is his commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves. And the first commandment is the corollary of the second – we do not want others to judge us, and especially not before they’ve heard our story. The residents of Wapello Street owe Mr. Milleti no less.

14 Comments

  1. Also, God frequently condemns the injustice of Israel’s judges. If Israel, God’s chosen people, was incapable of maintaining an uncorrupted judicial system, how then can we possibly believe that our judges will always serve God’s justice, that they will consistently be His representatives to us?

    Comment by Jamie — December 6, 2006 @ 12:04 am

  2. When I first read the story in the L.A. Times, I thought “Thank God my sins aren’t posted throughout the neighborhood.”

    Comment by Anonymous — December 8, 2006 @ 2:13 pm

  3. Thank You for getting it right. We are all sinners and we all deal with our flesh
    in different ways. Sin is sin and none of us can stand before God with out the
    blood of His ransom. This is were I stand and let the mud fly. May all of this be used
    for the glory of God. Pray the we help others in our churches who struggle with sexual
    addiction. Let’s open up the dialog and stop driving others in to secret.

    Comment by Michael Miletti — December 9, 2006 @ 1:06 pm

  4. I just discovered your blog…
    I wonder if you’d be willing/interested in listing my blog among your links…as my blog fits the Christian-progressive-emergent-spiritual-tired-of-being-labelled category.
    Blessings to you
    Laura
    http://consciouschrist.livejournal.com/

    Comment by Laura — December 13, 2006 @ 11:00 pm

  5. Laura – you’re added…welcome!

    Comment by Bob — December 14, 2006 @ 6:17 am

  6. Theology or lack therof, will effect ones behavior.
    Wisdom begins with a healthy fear of GOD.( the entire bible defines who he is. So….
    Is It Right to Judge?

    THIS QUESTION—“Is it right to judge?”—is one that puzzles many sincere Christians. A careful and open minded study of the Bible makes it clear that concerning certain vital matters, it is not only right but a positive duty to judge. Many do not know that the Scripture commands us to judge.
    The Lord Jesus Christ commanded, “Judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24). He told a man, “Thou hast rightly judged” (Luke 7:43). To others, our Lord asked, “Why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?” (Luke 12:57).
    The Apostle Paul wrote, “I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say” (1 Corinthians 10:15). Again, Paul declared, “He that is spiritual judgeth all things” (1 Corinthians 2:15).Again, in Acts 17:10,11 the Bereans were called noble because they examed the scriptures daily to see if what the Apostle Paul was saying was true. It is our positive duty to judge.
    False Teachers and False Teaching
    “Beware of false prophets!” (Matthew 7:15) is the warning and command of our Lord. But how could we “beware” and how could we know they are “false prophets” if we did not judge? And what is the God-given standard by which we are to judge? “To the Law and to the Testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” (Isaiah 8:20). “Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16), Christ said. And in judging the “fruits,” we must judge by God’s Word, not by what appeals to human reasoning. Many things seem good to human judgment which are false to the Word of God.
    The Apostle Paul admonished believers, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple” (Romans 16:17,18). This apostolic command could not be obeyed were it not right to judge. God wants us to know His Word and then test all teachers and teaching by it. Notice also that it is the false teachers who make the “divisions,” and not those who protest against their false teaching. And these deceivers are not serving Christ, as they profess, “but their own belly,” or their own “bread and butter,” as we would put it. We are to “mark them” and “avoid them.”
    “Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord” (2 Corinthians 6:17, read verses 1418). “From such turn away. “(2 Timothy 3:5). “Withdraw yourselves” (2 Thessalonians 3:6). “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Ephesians 5:11). ‘Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good” (Romans 12:9). “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). It would be impossible to obey these injunctions of God’s Word unless it were right to judge! And remember, nothing is “good” in God’s sight that is not true to His Word.
    The Apostle John wrote, ‘Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try [test, judge] the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). Again he wrote, “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh…. if there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds” (2 John 7, 1011).
    This Scripture commands us to judge between those who do, and those who do not bring the true doctrine of Christ.
    Whenever a child of God contributes to a denominational budget that supports Modernist (liberal, compromising) missionaries or teachers, he is guilty before God, according to this Scripture, of bidding them, “God speed” in the most effective way possible. And he thereby becomes a “partaker” with them of their “evil deeds” of spreading soul damning poison. How terrible, but how true! Arouse yourself, child of God. If you are guilty, ask God to forgive you and help you never again to be guilty of the blood of souls for whom Christ died. When we are willing to suffer for Christ, we can readily see the truth of God’s Word on this tremendously important matter. “If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him” (2 Timothy 2:12).
    Misunderstood and Misused Scripture
    One of the best known and most misunderstood and misapplied Scriptures is “Judge not” (Matthew 7:1). Let us examine the entire passage:
    “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:15).
    Read this again carefully. Notice that it is addressed to a hypocrite!—not to those who sincerely want to discern whether a teacher or teaching is true or false to God’s Word. And instead of being a prohibition against honest judgment, it is a solemn warning against hypocritical judgment. In fact, the last statement of this Scripture commands sincere judgment—“Then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” If we take a verse or a part of a verse out of its setting, we can make the Word of God appear to teach the very opposite of what it really does teach. And those who do this cannot escape the judgment of God for twisting His Word (2 Peter 3:16). Let this be a warning to us never again to take a text of Scripture out of its context.
    Many, who piously quote, “Judge not,” out of its context, in order to defend that which is false to God’s Word, do not see their own inconsistency in thus judging those who would obey God’s Word about judging that which is untrue to the Bible. It is tragic that so much that is anti-Scriptural has undeservedly found shelter behind a misuse of the Scripture just quoted. The reason the professed church of Christ is today honeycombed and paralyzed by satanic Modernism is because Christians have not obeyed the commands of God’s Word to judge and put away and separate from false teachers and false teaching when they first appeared in their midst. Physical health is maintained by separation from disease germs. Spiritual health is maintained by separation from germs of false doctrine. The greatest peril of our day is not too much judging, but too little judging of spiritual falsehood. God wants His children to be like the noble Bereans who “searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11).

    Romans 2:13 is also addressed to the religious hypocrite who condemned himself because he was guilty of the same things for which he condemned others. James 4:11,12 refers to an evil spirit of backbiting and faultfinding, not to judging whether teachers or teachings agree or disagree with God’s Word. The Bible never contradicts itself. To understand one portion of Scripture we must view it in the light of all Scripture. “No prophecy of the Scripture is of any private [isolated] interpretation” (2 Peter 1:20). “Comparing spiritual things [words] with spiritual” (1 Corinthians 2:13).
    The “Wheat and Tares” parable of Matthew 13:2430, 3643, is much misunderstood. First of all, our Lord is talking about the world, not His Church—”the field is the world.” He goes on to say that “the good seed are the children of the Kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one” (Matthew 13:38). They are the two groups in the world; children of God—those who have received Christ (John 1:12), and the children of the devil—those who reject Christ (John 8:44). When any of the “children of the wicked one” get into the professed church of Christ, as they have always done, a definite procedure for God’s children is set forth in His Word. First, it is their duty to tell them that they have “neither part nor lot” in Christ (see Acts 8:21,23 and context). If the children of the devil do not leave voluntarily, as is generally the case, God’s children are commanded to “purge out” (1 Corinthians 5:7) these unbelievers. But God’s people have disobeyed His Word about this, and so unbelievers [and disobedient brethren— 2 Thessalonians 3:6,1415] have gotten into control, as is now the case in most denominations. Therefore, those who purpose to be true to Christ and His Word are commanded to “come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord” (2 Corinthians 6:17), regardless of property or any other considerations. When we obey God’s Word, we can trust Him to take care of all the consequences of our obedience.
    Other Matters to be Judged
    The immoral conduct of professed believers in Christ is to be judged. 1 Corinthians, Chapter 5, tells a sad story and closes with the Apostolic injunction, “Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person” (1 Corinthians 5:13).
    Disputes between Christians concerning “things that pertain to this life,” (1 Corinthians 6:3) should be judged by a tribunal of fellow Christians instead of going before unbelievers in the civil courts. The whole sixth chapter of 1 Corinthians makes clear God’s plan for His people in this regard. And some startling truths are here revealed: First, “The saints shall judge the world.” Second, “We shall judge angels” (1 Corinthians 6:23). Beloved, are we letting God prepare us for this high place?
    We ought to judge ourselves. “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves” (2 Corinthians 13:5). “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened [child trained] of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world” (1 Corinthians 11:31,32). What a change and what a blessing it would be if we would judge our own faults as uncharitably as we do the faults of others—and if we would judge the failings of others as charitably as we do our own! And Christians could save themselves much chastening of the Lord if they would judge and confess and cease their disobedience to God. And, oh, how much dishonor and lack of fruit would our blessed Lord be spared!

    Limitations of Human Judgment
    Not scruples or conscience concerning matters of which the Bible does not directly speak. God forbids our judging our brethren concerning the eating of certain kinds of food, keeping of days, etc. Romans, Chapter 14, 1 Corinthians 10:2333, and Colossians 2:1617 cover this subject. Not motives. See 1 Corinthians 4:15. Only God can see into the heart and know the motives that underlie actions.
    Not as to whom are saved. “The Lord knoweth them that are His” (2 Timothy 2:19). We cannot look into anyone’s heart and say whether or not they have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour, if they profess that they have. But we had better test ourselves according to 2 Corinthians 5:17: “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” If this change has not taken place, our profession is vain.
    Two Elements in Judgment
    The New Testament Greek word that is most often translated “judge” or “judgment” is “krino.” On the one hand, it means to distinguish, to decide, to determine, to conclude, to try, to think and to call in question. That is what God wants His children to do as to whether preachers, teachers and their teachings are true or false to His Word. The Apostle Paul writes: “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; that ye may approve things that are excellent” (Philippians 1:910). A wrong idea of love and lack of knowledge and judgment causes God’s people often to approve things that are anything but excellent in God’s sight. The epistle to the Hebrews tells us that mature believers, that is, those who are of “full age,” are “. . . those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil (see Hebrews 5:11-14).
    On the other hand, the Greek word “krino”—judge or judgment—means to condemn, to sentence and to punish. This is God’s prerogative for He has said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, saith the Lord” (Romans 12:19).
    Guard Against a Wrong Attitude
    Christians should guard against the tendency of the flesh to assume a critical and censorious attitude toward those who do not share our opinions about other matters than those which have to do with Bible doctrine and moral conduct. Rather than “pick to pieces” our brethren in Christ, it is our privilege and duty to do everything we can to encourage their spiritual edification. We ought to love and pray for one another and consider ourselves lest we be tempted. Galatians 6:1.
    A Final Word
    If you are saved, my reader, let us not forget that “We must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:10). It will be well with those who are studying God’s Word, walking in the light of it, living for Christ and the salvation of souls. It will go ill with those who have accepted Christ but who are living for the things of this world. If you are a mere professor of Christ, or profess nothing, my friend, may I lovingly remind you “That judgment must begin at the House of God; and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the Gospel.?” (1 Peter 4:17).
    Delay not another moment to ask God for Christ’s sake to forgive your sins. Surrender your heart and will to the loving Saviour who died for sinners and rose again.
    Submit to Him as the Lord of your life. Happy and blessed will you be, now and forever.
    — by Franklin G. Huling, MA.

    “For there is some danger of falling into a soft and effeminate Christianity, under the plea of a lofty and ethereal theology. Christianity was born for endurance; not an exotic, but a hardy plant, braced by the keen wind; not languid, nor childish, nor cowardly. It walks with strong step and erect frame; it is kindly, but firm; it is gentle, but honest; it is calm, but not facile; obliging, but not imbecile; decided, but not churlish. It does not fear to speak the stern word of condemnation against error, nor to raise its voice against surrounding evils, under the pretext it is not of this world; it does not shrink from giving honest reproof; lest it come under the charge of displaying an unchristian spirit. It calls sin sin, on whomsoever it is found, and would rather risk the accusation of being actuated by a bad spirit than not discharge an explicit duty. Let us not misjudge strong words used in honest controversy. Out of the heat a viper may come forth; but we shake it off and feel no harm. The religion of both Old and New Testaments is marked by fervent outspoken testimonies against evil. To speak smooth things in such a case may be sentimentalism, but it is not Christianity. It is a betrayal of the cause of truth and righteousness. If anyone should be frank, manly, honest, cheerful (I do not say blunt or rude, for a Christian must be courteous and polite); it is he who has tasted that the Lord is gracious, and is looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God. I know that charity covereth a multitude of sins; but it does not call evil good, because a good man has done it; it does not excuse inconsistencies, because the inconsistent brother has a high name and a fervent spirit; crookedness and worldliness are still crookedness and worldliness, though exhibited in one who seems to have reached no common height of attainment.”

    — HORATIUS BONAR (1808-1889)

    Fundamental Evangelistic Association
    P. O. Box 6278 — Los Osos, California 93412

    Comment by Reformed Catholic — December 20, 2006 @ 12:08 pm

  7. So many opinions, the facts failed to make it to print

    Wapello Street Residents respond to the December 5, 2006 article, “On his block, a molester” by Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer

    While we appreciate Peter Hong’s article for shedding light on our neighborhood’s ordeal, we are dismayed that crucial facts didn’t make it to print, or were misrepresented altogether. We make no apologies for taking steps, within the law, to protect our children from convicted pedophiles.

    The article states that Michael Miletti “was” a child molester. How about “is” a convicted, incestuous child molester? Regardless, we feel LA Times readers must know the following:

    · Children were invited to Miletti’s home without their parents being informed he is a convicted pedophile.
    · Children did, in fact, visit Miletti’s house on multiple occasions.
    · In the article, Miletti states that he is not “generally” attracted to children.
    · Miletti previously worked for LA Unified School District, demonstrating a pattern of selecting employment that requires him to be near children.
    · Did not properly register pursuant to Megan’s Law. He circumvented the law by using his father’s Sunland address for over a year, when in fact; he was residing almost exclusively at his wife’s address in Altadena.

    In addition, the article identifies us as “anti-Miletti organizers” —That we are not. We are opposed to convicted pedophiles living in our neighborhood illegally. As Hong correctly noted, we have consulted repeatedly with the Sheriff’s Department to make sure we are staying within the law. Just the same, we feel the article sought to portray us, through quotes of those not involved in our efforts, as zealots and vigilantes bent on taking the law into our own hands. This is simply not true.

    As far as the heated exchange Joseph Llorens and Erik Hargrave had with Miletti, it was reported that Llorens and Hargrave “felt” Miletti was trying to bait them into hitting him. That is not true. Miletti specifically taunted Llorens and Hargrave by stating, “hit me” twice during the exchange. Hong also failed to note that the entire altercation was the result of Miletti’s wife tearing down signs on private property.

    The article implies that the Megan’s Law database has instilled unwarranted fear and resentment towards Miletti. Again, this is not true… Our outrage stems from the fact that Miletti illegally lived among us for over a year without properly registering. More appalling, children were invited to the home without informing the parents of his criminal past. We stated this repeatedly to Hong during each of our interviews and put him in touch with neighbors that can confirm our assertion. For reasons unknown, Hong declared this fact unsubstantiated.

    In closing, we feel Miletti is a continuing threat to our children. He has repeatedly shown a pattern of deception and his mea culpa is disingenuous at best. According to court transcripts, Miletti had sexual relations with his daughter for 10 YEARS and served only 3 years of a 6-year sentence. This was not a one-time occurrence, an accident or a mistake. He had, as Miletti claims, “a codependent thing” with his daughter.

    We, Michael Miletti’s reluctant neighbors, find that statement nauseating.

    Wapello Street Residents

    Comment by Joseph L — December 23, 2006 @ 2:21 pm

  8. I am wondering where you obtained the statistic in your comment “Recidivism rates for sexual offenders is 40%”? If you are going to mention statistics, especially ones regarding such a fractious issue, please name the source for these numbers. It will help your argument be received with some credibility.You might consider looking at the statistics at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/rsorp94.pdf to get a clearer picture of what you are talking about.

    Comment by Melanie — February 2, 2007 @ 9:03 am

  9. Its from the article I linked to:

    But supporters of measures like Proposition 83 contend that child molesters remain a threat even after they have served prison terms, citing studies showing that 40% of them re-offend.

    I have no independent knowledge on this topic. thanks for the link.

    Comment by Bob — February 3, 2007 @ 8:20 pm

  10. If anyone is interested in reading the Miletti court transcript which details his ten-year abuse of his own daughter, please email:

    Wapellotranscript@gmail.com

    Michael Miletti: You state you molested your daughter as a result of the death of your wife. Do you expect us to believe you grieved for ten years? Did you think of your wife each time you molested your daughter? Please, quit hiding behind God… You cheapen the Christian faith with your pathetic, disingenuous lies.

    Comment by Megan or Jessica-- Take your pick — February 18, 2007 @ 12:54 am

  11. He did it until he got caught, now he claims to be the victim.
    Nice childhood memories for his daughter, the one he was supposed to protect.
    I’m sure she has to seek a therapist for the rest of her life and Mike can go
    on with his life like that was just another bad relationship.
    Child molesters are mentally sick people and cannot be helped.
    They should all be locked up and the key thrown away on the first offense.
    Maybe his wife killed herself as a result of him molesting his own daughter.
    She couldn’t live with herself anymore. God rest her soul.

    Comment by W — February 18, 2007 @ 12:06 pm

  12. @ Catholic

    Quote an entire passage if you’re trying to prove a point, not just some random lines.

    Context is important whether or not you believe it to be true.

    Comment by Chris — February 21, 2007 @ 11:28 am

  13. I have been a Christian since 1997 when I accepted the Lord. All my sins in the past have been washed clean
    clean. I do not need to justify anything of how, why, and what. What I did was wrong and I have
    repented. I have been living a Godly life and I put my Trust in the Lord. Those making misleading
    comments need to repent if you claim to be Christian. Real Chistians encourage and love one another in
    spite of their past. I am offended by your slander of me and my family. Any attempt by the neighbors on Wapello to
    discredit me are sour grapes and have no basis in fact.

    Comment by Michael Miletti — March 5, 2007 @ 8:57 am

  14. Miletti did not register for about one year and children were invited to his home and were IN HIS HOME during this period.
    Miletti was not living an honest life and, in fact, appears to have been living an illegal one. Registering a change of
    address is MANDITORY if a felony, sexual, pedophile offender, UGH, has lived anywhere for OVER 24 HOURS. Miletti did not
    do that. He was out of compliance while he was a “so called” Christian during 2006. And he has the audacity to accuse
    people of slander. Miletti is displaying Classic sexual predator conduct with his denial process. This is unforgivable
    and reprehensible behavior.

    A very concerned Parent

    Comment by Honesty — March 8, 2007 @ 7:36 pm

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