Protecting Children From Evil Predators

Much of the Thursday edition of this newspaper was not pleasant reading. On our pages were a story about a man alleged to have abducted and sexually assaulted two girls, ages 3 and 5; another about a man accused of using a cigarette lighter to burn a 7-year-old; and a third about a man who admitted to producing child pornography by secretly videotaping girls in his home.

All of the crimes involved local children.

The vast majority of us in the Northern Panhandle and East Ohio consider children to be precious treasures to be nurtured and protected. We are saddened and angered when bad things happen to them.

Those who harm children should be punished as severely as the law allows, for two reasons:

First, of course, is that victimizing children is the most vile offense most of us can imagine, demanding retribution by our society.

Second, those who harm children tend to be serial predators. They need to be locked up for as long as possible to protect potential future victims.