Re: Thomas JeffersonEvery time something horrible happens, why does
someone blame God? He didn't cause this. He does allow
*all* of us the freedom to *choose* and so that complicates things...*A
lot*Please stop blaming God & The Church of Jesus Christ. They
didn't want this to happen.This man, Head- CHOSE to do this. The
responsibility rests squarely on HIS shoulders.Some people choose
evil instead of good, & that causes pain and heartache. God didn't want
or do this. THIS MAN CHOSE it. God allows it because he knows
it's *essential* that everyone's allowed to make our own decisions.
If you pick up one end of the stick (choosing to hurt someone out of
selfishness) you pick up the other (consequence= justice will be served, if not
in this life the next). I think 4 months is a *ridiculously* low
sentence & that Head should have to move.I feel so bad for the
victims- what happened to them is horrible. I hope they know they're not
responsible & can get the help they need so they can feel whole & happy
again- moving forward in their life. I know Christ suffered for their pains,
that He loves them and understands how they feel and wants to help them heal.
As the Catholic and Baptist churches are experiencing now, the LDS church, with
the help of social media, will experience in the coming years the comeuppance of
those who have a sexual attraction to children and would prey on the vulnerable
because they have a sexual attraction to children. There is a built-in trust
factor. These children are taught to trust in their leaders, that they can
confide in them and rely on them in times of trouble. This is the
soul murder of children. Those writing in support of this man do
not understand how he has manipulated and victimized children and will continue
to do so after his release. His brain is wired that way. He is not safe to be
around children. Not ever. The soul murder of children is not to
be tolerated. Sexual abuse of a child ruins a life. There have been too many
decades....centuries... of cover-ups and excuses made by patriarchal churches.
Money given by parishioners is used to cover up crimes against the vulnerable.
The People need to take a stand.
@GHughes51 doesn't "recognize or understand the circumstances that have
brought Jeff and our family to this moment in time". What doesn't he
understand? I haven't seen entire letter of support but I hope he
"recognizes" the victims have to deal with this predator's actions
Sometimes our emotional ties to religious dogmas can cloud our common judgement.
Most sexual predators are overwhelmingly nice people. The bigger
question is what will it take for this man and others like him to act again.
That seems like an awfully light sentence . . . .
How sad for all concerned
@BYUAlum;"I want to understand why Greg Hughes' private letter
made available for this article. He was acting as a family member having known
Jeff, and his family for 28 years. "Because court proceedings
are public record. This isn't church court it's criminal court. People
have a right to know whom supports sexual predators. Plus;"Jeff
and his family have suffered as well, emotionally and financially. I was so
relieved to have this sentencing reduced so this man can return to his family
and reclaim his life. "I'm shocked your concern is for the
predator. I'm betting if he molested your kids, you'd have a different
"Ahead of the sentencing hearing, more than a dozen of his friends and
family members sent letters in support of Head, including former Utah House
Speaker Greg Hughes, his brother-in-law."Support the predator.
Not that surprising really. Greg Hughes has shown his character over and over
again. "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said it
removed Head from his position, notified police after the allegations surfaced
and emphasized that abuse of any kind cannot be tolerated."Great
job 'the church'. Seriously, this is the exact action all religions
should take. Why didnt the stake president see this ahead of time?It
must have been part of gods plan*.This guy really deserved more
time, probably in prison. *Which seems exactly like the unfolding of
a universe with no deity at all.
I to have known Jeff Head for 19 years having lived in his ward. Jeff was
always available and present for service and leadership opportunities, donated
to Cub Scouts and was a nice guy to be around. The problem is, it has now been
proven that he has a proclivity to be attracted, or at least curious about
sexual issues involving young boys. The victims here were given a life sentence
that could include therapy, anxiety, mistrust, depression and other problems due
to Jeff's actions. A 4 month sentence seems miniscule and how nice a guy
Jeff is should not figure into any part of the sentencing.
I have known Jeff Head for many years. I feel that there is another side of this
story that should be considered. This man served valiantly for several years and
reached out to young and old alike to help them in anyway possible, including
many in my own family. I want to understand why Greg Hughes'
private letter made available for this article. He was acting as a family member
having known Jeff, and his family for 28 years. He said he appeared in court to
support his brother-in-law because he knows Jeff's character well over the
years and stated that Jeff had no previous criminal record! I admire that kind
of loyalty when the chips are down in another person's life!Jeff and his family have suffered as well, emotionally and financially. I was
so relieved to have this sentencing reduced so this man can return to his family
and reclaim his life. I personally do not think he is a threat to the community
in any way! I hope that everyone involved can move forward and heal.
Sam Young got excommunicated for trying to prevent this kind of abuse.This abuser just gets four months. And it sounds like half the ward still
supports him.Something is very, very wrong here.
To everyone who wants this person to get a longer prison term: Make sure you
vote for the next proposed tax increase to build additional prisons.All I ever hear about is how everyone wants everyone to get longer sentences,
and in the next breath you're opposing tax increases to build prisons.
Can't have it both ways!
Wow what a harsh penalty.Given credit for the forty five days he has
spent in jail he will need to spend an additional two an a half months in jail
before he is free.This is why I vote against retention of most
judges.“Moments later, 3rd District Judge Katherine
Bernards-Goodman sentenced Jeffrey Byron Head, 54, to four months in jail and
four years of probation in the case that has divided his Draper community. He
was given credit for the 45 days he has already served.”
Not sure how these predators get less jail time than someone caught with pot.
Very mixed up.
“While I do not recognize or understand the circumstances that have
brought Jeff and our family to this moment in time, I write to you as part of
the same process to express my appreciation and respect for Jeff Head." Does
‘not recognizing’ mean he feels the defendants and their families
are lying? Not quite sure what that means, but I’m not picking up on any
concern or empathy for the victims from Hughes.
Where is a statement from the potential governor decrying this crime and showing
some concern for the "family" of the victims? Utah appears to be filled
with Mormon pedophiles and abusers and the church hides in the background rather
than stepping forward and trying to do something about these slimes that prey on
I agree the sentencing should have be harsher but the judge is largely bound by
Utah’s sentencing guidelines. We should petition local politicians to
ensure future offenders receive longer and more appropriate sentences, including
double jail time for abusers who were in positions of trust (eg, teachers,
Everyone posting wants a longer sentence. The judge saw all the evidence,
listened to the victim, the prosecution and defense, and made what he thought
was an appropriate sentence. I don’t know all the facts he weighed,
because the article didn’t go into that detail.
That's a ridiculously short sentence. And Hughes definitely won't be
getting a vote from me. If he's putting his family member before the
victims, he's not someone I want having any sort of power in our state.
4 months. Any other state it would be 4+ years. Greg Hughes wants to be
governor? Defending church sex abusers won't be helpful.
Four months jail time and 4 years probation. Convicted sex offender and abuser,
Bruce Quick just made another plea bargain deal with Judge Davis - his first was
in 2000. I believe pedophilia necessitates harsher sentencing - please keep
them off the streets! Have we not learned from the experience of what happened
to Jaycee Duggard?
A "jury found Head guilty of attempted forcible sexual abuse, a third-degree
felony, and sexual battery, a class A misdemeanor," and he gets only FOUR
MONTHS in jail, not prison? The judge essentially told the victims that their
sexual abuse was no big deal.
Only four months in jail? Good grief that is not long enough. These predators
need much longer jail times to protect children.