Convicted child rapist arrested again

From the article:

A woman who is already a registered Megan’s Law sex offender had sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old boy last Thursday, according to police.

Police responded to a disturbance on the 800 block of Walnut Street in Lansdale where the mother of a 14-year-old boy told the officers that 31-year-old Erica Dillon had sexual intercourse with her son, according to District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.

Dillon and her live-in boyfriend, 26-year-old Antonio Morano, watched a pornographic video with the 14-year-old inside their residence and then Dillon had sex with the boy in the bedroom of the home while Morano watched, say police.

Dillon pleaded guilty to charges of indecent assault of a child under 13 and endangering the welfare of children on Feb. 26.

Because of the February guilty plea, she was already a registered Megan’s Law sex offender at the time of the April 15 incident, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

A few things spring to mind. One, this is one reason why female offenders should not receive slaps on the wrist. According to the article, the woman raped a child under 13. Had she received a charge higher than indecent assault she might have remained in jail and not abused another boy. Granted, this time around she was charged with sexual assault, which should carry a high enough sentence for her to remain incarcerated for a year or so. However, it seems odd that the woman received such a low charge in the first case considering the age of the victim:

Lansdale police responded to a report of a disturbance and began investigating. According to an affidavit of probable cause, officers learned that Dillon had been convicted in February for the 2002 indecent assault on a 5-year-old family member and was out on $50,000 bail.

Two, cases like this poke holes in the theory that women who abuse do not commit repeat offenses. It took this woman no time to find another victim, coax him to her home, and rape him. Had the boy’s mother not noticed something, this woman may have continued to abuse that boy and others. It is possible that this woman has abused other boys whose parents failed to notice a change, may not have cares, or were not present.

Cases like this could be avoided if the people in power treated female offenders seriously. One would think sexually assaulting a 5-year-old would garner a more serious charge, especially since Philadelphia has some portion of Jessica’s Law in place. If cases involving female child rapists receive fair consideration, there would be fewer chances for women who prey on children to post bail and continue to abuse. More so, there would be greater restrictions on them and more services available to them so that those who want help can get it.

Whether this woman wants help remains to be seen. Unfortunately, it also remains to be seen whether her repeat offense will result in a stiffer sentence. Her live-in boyfriend may end up serving more time than she does.

23 thoughts on “Convicted child rapist arrested again

  1. Ive always support the idea of helping male victims or rape or demestic abuse to receive the help they deserve, but Ive always been a sceptic of this pro women agenda you say there is, however you could make a believer out of me if its true that the boyfriends charges are worse than Dillon’s

  2. I have never stated there is a pro-woman agenda. There is, however, a gender disparity in arrests, charging, and sentencing. Women receive lighter sentences, lighter chargers, more plea deals, and fewer arrests than men regardless of the gravity of the crime. Feckless wrote about this last year, listing the percentage of the discount women receive over men. Women receive 68% of the sentence lengths men do for the same sex offenses.

    In this particular case, the man is charged with fewer crimes than the woman. However, it is possible that the woman could receive a plea deal where one would not be offered to the man. It is also possible that the judge or jury may be more lenient with the woman than the man, despite that only the woman raped the child. I have posted about these sort of sentencing discounts before, so it would not surprise me if the woman walked away with less time than the than the man.

  3. The pro-woman exists and it is called chivlary. It is ancient. It is the reason that rapes of women bring out lynch mobs and rapes of men do not, and why rpae of a woman is definied to lack of cnsent (rightly, by my lights) but rpae of a man is not. Date rape of a man has almost no legal existence. Men’s chivalry is why men consider sex with litlte girls so heinous but sex with a boy is just a stroke of good luck on his part.

    So that’s the pro-woman agenda. I’m saying there is one.

  4. In Australia it wasn’t even illegal for women to rape boys until ten years ago. In my state, Victoria, several dozen cases have made it to our courts since that time and only one of them resulted in a custodial sentence.

    Typically in my country the only way normally for a woman to be punished for sexual abuse is to abuse a girl. The gender of the offender AND of their victim both effect the outcome.

  5. Id say that your articles point to you believing that there is a pro women agenda in today’s society, where women get off easy for domestic, sexual, and perhaps other crimes. I on the other hand tend to blame that the system itself is the reason the length of the sentence doesn’t match the crime and the reason men are on the bad side of the system is because the general public doesn’t know that male rape and domestic abuse is as common as it is, and that’s partially to blame on men not reporting the crime because of there pride.

    Women will never just “walk off” a rape they report it and that report gets media attention because women are aparently the classic victim

  6. Wiat let me get this straight, in 2000 and earlier it was okay to rape people in australia, wow thats pretty bad

  7. I do believe that women get off easy for various crimes, but the notion that there is a pro-woman agendas smacks of a conspiracy theory. There is no conspiracy. What occurs today results from religious, social, and political views. It is fairly easy to determine where certain ideas stem from, where the rationale stems from, and why it is so prevalent. Part of it is unconscious, part of it is promoted by various groups, and part of it is common human tendencies. It is just a matter of challenging and addressing those issues.

  8. Australia has a habit of being pretty slow in regards to rape law in general. We’re also very lenient compared to most other Western countries even for male offenders – a three year sentence for a principal raping one of his students and threatening her to try and keep her quiet is one such example.

    Don’t ask the Attorney-General’s about it though (especially not regarding anything TS points out), because they’ll just disassemble or not say anything.

  9. well if I sounded like a conspiricy theorist I apologize that wasnt the context in which I was trying to apply but it does sound like you blame women for some of the problem of men

  10. Madhippy: “Id say that your articles point to you believing that there is a pro women agenda in today’s society, where women get off easy for domestic, sexual, and perhaps other crimes. I on the other hand tend to blame that the system itself is the reason the length of the sentence doesn’t match the crime and the reason men are on the bad side of the system is because the general public doesn’t know that male rape and domestic abuse is as common as it is, and that’s partially to blame on men not reporting the crime because of there pride.”

    Their PRIDE?!?

    Are you insinuating that a male abuse victim is PROUD of what happened to him?

    Of all the most ignorant assumptions, this takes the cake.

    So are you assuming that I’m prideful for what girls and women did to me with the boys and men?

    I don’t know what to say to this except…SIGH! No wonder boys and men aren’t taken seriously.

  11. I did not say you sound like a conspiracy theorist. I said the notion of a pro-woman agenda is a conspiracy theory. As for blaming women for some of men’s problems, in this instance that is true. I do think that women bear a portion of responsibility for their receiving ridiculous sentencing discounts compared to men.

  12. …and that’s partially to blame on men not reporting the crime because of there pride.

    Pride? I think I get what you’re trying to say but its more like shame under the guise of pride.

  13. Well ya, but technically its his pride that wont let him go for help because of the shame he feels, watever doesnt change what I said

  14. WTF You completely missed the point by a mile!
    If you blame someones pride it doesnt mean they are proud of what happened it means they are afraid of the shame dumbass, dont try to insult me because you cant read!

    To sumarize what I said I dont believe there is a women vs men mentality in the world, the only problem is that old stereotypes keep poping up that make it too hard for men to come out and identify themselves as victims and also perpetuate the myth of females being defenceless.
    One problem is the fact the a mans pride keeps him from coming forward the way women do when the have been assauted or raped.

    And if you have anything else to say plz for the love of god, find out wtf Im saying before you insult men

  15. The problem is pride is not an accurate word here and it is somewhat derogative. Pride is a false sense of superiority which is very different to the feeling of shame. I think fear is a more accurate word. In fact, this is the first word that appeared in my mind when I imagine how many insults, cruel jokes and ridicules the rape victims have to endure. I find your usage of the word pride in this instance strangely creative.

  16. You said it better than me, ubernerd.

    Madhippy, choose your words carefully next time. I can read fine. And your use of the word pride is wrong.

  17. Thats not my definition of pride, but I dont think your wrong either so Ill agree to disagree on the grounds of differing interpretations of pride

  18. Pride n:
    Conceit
    justified self respect
    elation over an act or possesion
    haughty behavior: distain
    ostrentatious display

    Thats the word for word definition of pride in the dictionary, I looked it up just for you eagle. My context falls under the third one, elation of the act of being a man (or more specifically the stereotypical values of men that are feed tto us at a young age) that keeps us from reporting aresleves as victims of rape because the crap they feed us growing up is “men dont get raped”.

    Im glad you have enough pride to rail on someone and when proven wrong dont bother to apoligize for it

  19. You sound like every feminist and domestic violence advocate out there where they blame the culture of masculanity when men don’t report they’ve been raped, Madhippy.

    I’m not interested in a flame war so let me just end this by saying it’s not solely pride but fear: Fear of being ostracised by men and women. I won’t apologise for pointing that out.

    However, I will apologise if you feel insulted by my tone. If you apologise for calling me a dumbass because, frankly, I entended the same courtesy by refusing to call you anything that you called me just now in my rebuttal.

  20. Maybe the consciousness that ‘men don’t get raped’ induces a sense of pride in you, though it certainly doesn’t in me. What I perceive as pride is a sense of greatness. The pressure of ‘men don’t get raped’ is a REQUIREMENT of me that if I let myself be raped then I fail as a man – a weak man or not even a man. It defers from pride in that, I do not maintain a sense of greatness if I ‘keep’ myself from being raped, as pride would imply. Actually the imperative is that I shouldn’t consider ‘keeping myself from being raped’ as something special since I’m just doing my job- being a ‘normal’ man.

    Definition is useful but definition alone is not enough to determine the usage of a word since the meaning is often depended on contexts. We should be careful to choose words that are more reflective to the stats of mind, especially for words that relate to emotions and intentions where very different interpretations could be drawn from the same word. For example: a girl doesn’t approach a guy she likes, is it pride? Or shy?

  21. @Madhippy…

    I was sent to a counseling service by my doctor. I went to that service with no belief in it’s ability to help me because I thought I was the only one in the universe. Not getting help previously had nothing to do with pride. It came about because nothing in the public discourse about rape/sexual assault ever spoke to me. Considering my decades of involvement with politics and community groups – which meant I was exposed to all of that discourse – this was unforgiveable.

    Unfortunately when you start telling male victims that it’s their “pride” that’s been hurt, or is distorted, all you do is join in with the general ridicule they experience and come to expect. I already know I was “lucky” or even “privileged” in my experience. Now I can add “prideful” as well.

    I wonder if you wouldn’t mind explaining why you are posting here. Your making assertions to survivors of sexual abuse about THEIR experience is an arrogance you’d be well advised to avoid.

  22. Madhippy, I understand what you intended by your comment about pride, however the word was misapplied because in most cases the actual reason men and boys do not come forward is because they are told that as males they are supposed to be able to prevent any abuse. It is not that they are too proud to ask for help, but that they are too ashamed that they were hurt to ask for help. That may appear as pride to a casual observer because of the similarity between how men demonstrate pride and how they hide their emotions, but the two are not the same.

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