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Published: Friday, Feb. 7 2014 8:39 p.m. MST

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Mom of Six
Northern Utah, UT

It is so tiresome to hear of the abusers as misunderstood or victims themselves, so this is "why" they choose to abuse others. This man got a minimal sentence and deserves more hard time. If you were a victim of this type of abuse you always have the choice to continue this cycle or, change your life. If you choose to become the abuser yourself, then you are perpetrating the cycle and deserve the harshest prison time that can be given. This man took away the innocence of others and preyed on little kids, who did not have a choice!

Reasonable Man
Salt Lake City, UT

I sympathize with any mother of six children who fears child abusers. But I happen to know Billy Estell personally, and have for the past 36 years, and this is a case of a life spent doing many good things, meaning well, and growing and developing in some positive ways, as well as being a predator whose predilection was set and ground into him by a sexually abusive father. Those of us who know Billy love him, appreciate his many good qualities, and do not find him to be a monster. Just the opposite. He does not have full mental capacity in terms of judgment and comprehension of everything around him, even though he has a remarkable memory and considerable intelligence in certain ways. He definitely is a child more than an adult. His friends, me included, condemn Billy's actions with his victims, but he is a human being, a child of God, and deserving a more comprehensive assessment than that indicated by the label "child molester." Unfortunately, none of us intervened sufficiently and so there is no place for Billy other than in prison.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

No one is responsible for any thing. Cause and effect equals consequences. Reality and fantasy. Who wouldn't want every one to be the best they could be, and then wish that they wear when they aren't.

Californian#1@94131
San Francisco, CA

A "victim," perhaps, and I feel sorry for Mr. Estell, but I feel a lot sorrier for the youngsters whose lives he ruined.

If someone is targeting parks and other youth hangouts, singling out vulnerable victims who are more likely to fall through the judicial cracks, he has premeditated his crimes, knows darned well they are wrong, and is trying to cover his tracks.

I'm not sure chronic child molesters can truly be rehabilitated, but I hope he gets some kind of help in prison, for the sake of all the children he may encounter if he is ever released.

JSB
Sugar City, ID

Family abuse of children can go from generation to generation. But, even if a person is abused by his father, he can decide "the poison stops here." This homosexual man, chose not to do this but selfishly plotted to destroy the lives of other children. Whatever good traits he has, he as demonstrated that he should not be free in society ever again.

HTSJCCAFALG
Richfield, UT

Re: Reasonable Man

Then what should we label a person who abuses multiple children if it is not "child molester?"

And a second thought: "Many good things" does not even come close to balancing out what may have been the outcome for those children had he done "nothing."

I see what your saying, but he must pay a price and there will be a severe price to pay on the other side by him, his dad or both.

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