Child sex abuse victims plead for more prison time for attacker
"My life has never been the same and will continue that way," she told the board. "I am 32 years old and still have trouble sleeping. I beg you, don't let him out. I beg you. Please. I don't want him to hurt any more children."
Doporto's head remained bowed, his chin resting on his chest as he listened to the women. Because of the way the hearing was set up, he never faced them. His back was to them as he sat in a chair just a few feet away.
After the five women had spoken, Doporto read a prepared statement. His remarks were prepared specifically for the one victim he was convicted of molesting.
"I truly wish I had never hurt you or any of my victims," he said.
Doporto said he had read all the hate mail sent to him, including letters from people telling him they wish he were dead.
"Make no mistake, I wish I was dead," he said. "I'll never know peace. It will haunt me forever."
Doporto, who has had many health issues while in prison, including a kidney transplant, said he believed he should be dead, and he thought at times it would be easier to die than face responsibility for what he did.
After the hearing, however, Davis said she didn't think much of Doporto's apology.
"Pathetic. Really pathetic. Because he did not apologize to me, Jessica, Tennille, and (another woman). It's stupid. He should have addressed us all, not just one person. Because it was like he just apologized for one," she said.
"He apologized to one victim when he has five sitting there. He has no remorse. He doesn't have any consideration. He doesn't have any love," MacLean added. "He's going to do this again."
But the comment that drew the most fire from the women and their families was when Hatch asked Doporto if he would be a threat to children again if he were released.
"Not at this time," he said, sparking a couple of angry remarks from the congregation.
"Like he said, he should be dead," MacLean said outside the hearing. "Maybe if he does die, maybe all of us can live a safe, happy life after this."
Sitting in the very back of the hearing were three of Doporto's family members, including his son, Adam Doporto.
Adam Doporto said he believed his father, who he said was 80 percent to 90 percent deaf, did not fully hear the question.
"I could tell you couldn't understand or hear," he told his father.
Adam Doporto also told his father, "We love you" and to "stay strong" during the one minute they were allowed to talk after the hearing was completed.
Several times during the hearing, Hatch had to repeat his questions because Michael Doporto could not hear him. His son said his father, a Vietnam War veteran, also suffers from PTSD in addition to other health issues.
Adam Doporto said his mother did not attend the hearing because there had been threats made against her and she felt it wasn't safe. When the five victims spoke, many of them expressed their belief that Michael Doporto's wife should also be in prison.
The full parole board will now consider the victim impact statements and decide whether to proceed with Doporto's scheduled release or whether to extend his sentence. A decision could take a couple of weeks.
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