Note from AngelGroup:

Looks like Judge Joseph Cardoza and Attorney David Sereno might have a soft spot for child molesters.  Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Andrew Martin tried to get Cardoza to hold the pedophile responsible for 5 years in jail (1 year jail for each year of abuse), but in a sickening finding, Cardoza felt a 1-year punishment was sufficient.  The last paragraph of this article is shocking:

'Sereno asked Cardoza to "punish but not destroy" his client's life. Piso had been convicted of abuse of a family member in 2001. "He's an otherwise productive citizen of society," Sereno said.'

What about how how the perpetrator "destroy(ed)" the life of his victim.  What about the fact that he's a repeat offender?  Well, I guess in Hawaii the officials and the judiciary feel child abuse is AOK.  Thanks to Andrew Martin for trying to get justice. ~AngelGroup

Here's the article from Maui News:

WAILUKU - A 38-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail for molesting a girl who was 10 years old when the abuse began.

Paul Piso pleaded no contest to two counts of third-degree sexual assault for incidents that occurred between 1999 and 2004 in a home where the victim was being provided child care by Piso's family. In the plea agreement, one of the charges against Piso was reduced from first-degree to third-degree sexual assault.

The girl, who is now an adult, reported the incidents when she was 17 years old to her parents, who then notified county law enforcement officials. The victim had until age 18, when she became a legal adult, to report the sexual assaults for charges to be filed, according to Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Andrew Martin.

Piso had nothing to say at Thursday's sentencing before 2nd Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza. His attorney, David Sereno, said his client admitted his wrongdoing in his pre-sentencing report and has said he feels "horrible" about the offenses.

Cardoza rejected Sereno's request that Piso be allowed to serve his jail sentence in the evenings and on weekends so he could maintain his two jobs and continue to support his family.

In addition to one year in jail, Piso must serve five years' probation and adhere to several court orders, including registering himself as a sex offender, getting sex-offender treatment, seeking permission from his probation officer should he reside in a home with any minors, and keeping away from the victim and/or any significant people in her life. Piso was credited for the five days he served in jail when he first was charged.

Martin argued that sentencing Piso to five years in prison would be just. He said the victim shouldered for seven years the memory and scars of his assaults against her, and finally told her parents when she couldn't bear it any longer.

"She didn't live her childhood as many other children do," Martin said. He said sending Piso to prison would not make up for the victim's years of silent anguish.

"A five-year prison term certainly serves as justice for the years he took away from her," he said.

Sereno asked Cardoza to "punish but not destroy" his client's life. Piso had been convicted of abuse of a family member in 2001. "He's an otherwise productive citizen of society," Sereno said.

* Claudine San Nicolas can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 


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