Matthew Ryan Hahn glared in disbelief at the digital photographs of a man molesting a girl. She was only a year old, maybe 2. The next thing to do would be obvious — call police. But Hahn had been convicted of burglary more than once. And the memory card on which he discovered the photos came from a stolen safe.
To decent, thinking people, this account of particular, criminal activities of two men will produce tangled and perhaps ambivalent feelings. It certainly did so in my mind…and in my heart. Go ahead, read the full account, then come back here for some conversation about it.
I’m not sure that I agree that Matthew Hahn is a hero, nor that there is honor among criminals, although, I do believe his actions indicate him to still possess the “milk of human kindness,” and that certainly would indicate a degree of honor. Although a thief of long standing, he still was touched by the plight of that little girl, and turned over incriminating information to the police. However, he did it in a secret way, and did not confess his own wrong doing.
Should this affect his sentencing? Should he now be free because he reported the terrible crime that probably saved that little girl from future abuse? Some have suggested he be placed on probation and required to wear an ankle bracelet. How do you see this?
A powerful lesson is here for mothers and other caregivers of children: NEVER let little girls sleep with unrelated men. It is astonishing that this would be overlooked.
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