Skip to comments.Family's decision means no jail time for hospice nurse convicted of sex assault
Posted on 12/12/2005 10:38:36 AM PST by Millee
The family of a blind and deaf 10-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted is speaking out after the former hospice nurse who assaulted her received no jail time. The family says instead of being angry they only feel pity for their daughter's attacker.
Fifty-five-year-old James Philpott was arrested last year after he told coworkers he had sex with an 89-year-old woman and 10-year-old Laura Ward.
Laura died in 2003. It wasn't until a year later when her parents found out she was molested.
Laura, born with a terminal disease, was molested by Philpott while she was a patient at Hospice of St. John in Lakewood.
Philpott admitted to molesting Laura three times and said he did it, so the little girl would feel pleasure before she died.
"It was just very difficult to think that someone could do that to a little child; especially one who couldn't defend herself and couldn't tell anybody," says Janel Ward, Laura's mother.
Despite those feelings, the Wards say they need Philpott out of prison if he is going to change at all.
Philpott was originally sentenced to 16 years to life in prison. The Wards thought that punishment was too severe.
"Wanting someone to be locked up for life, you know, and throw away the key; that makes this whole thing more tragic," Laura's father Doug says.
A judge has since reduced Philpott's sentence to 20 years supervised probation and two years work release.
"He'll never get his life totally back because it's going to follow him, but he does have a chance to fix whatever's in his mind that would make a person do such a horrible thing," says Doug.
The Wards no longer have their daughter, but they hope their decision will honor her memory.
"If he's going to honor her in any way, if he's going to fix it, that's the way he has to do it," Doug says. "He has to change his life around."
I hear ya, PaulaB. This story so completely pi55ed me off. I wonder how the idiot parents are going to feel when this POS molests some other child? I say they're culpable.
Get the ammo out ping...
All I can think is how sick this girl was and how little 'pleasure' she got out of anything this POS could have done!
Kill the effer.
Nuke him right along with Tookie!!!
No, the tragic part is that your dead daughter was RAPED. Nitwit.
She was probably terrified and her parents are just as sick as he is for allowing his release.
I'll drink to that.
oh this story just makes me ill!
i just cannot believe a person like
this will be free to roam the streets!
When are people going to stand up for something? Their defenseless child was raped! God help us.
One definition of liberalism.
My God...not even The Most Ethical President In History would do *that*!
I, too, would ask the judge for a light sentence for him. It is much easier to kill him if he isn't behind bars.
Years ago,I saw a film clip of a guy accused of rape/molestation being escorted through an airport by a coupled of cops.
As they passed a bank of payphones,a guy who was standing at one of the phones turned toward the prisoner and popped a cap into the guy's head.The shooter turned out to be the molested kid's father.
I can't recall which was true,but I read that the shooter was either found not guilty of murder or the DA refused to prosecute.
YEEGADS! Male Nurses either can be an asset or a living nightmare especially on Night Shift!
Either the parents have been driven stark raving insane by what happened to their daughter, or . . . they're play-acting in hopes of getting the guy out, where they can GET him.
Lord I hope its the latter
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