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Matthew Hahn’s Provocative Story That Raises Moral Questions

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.

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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.

Tags: children, girls, criminals, Matthew+Hahn, child+molester, memory+card, thief

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By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

11 replies on “Matthew Hahn’s Provocative Story That Raises Moral Questions”

Good morning, Jennifer-

I like your phrase “it shows the duality of …life itself.” That is so true, and in this case, as you point out, “good did come from bad.”

Thank you for visiting my site.

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This is a very powerful story. It shows the duality of action and life itself. Good and bad existiing simultaneously. Matt Hahn may have been a thief but if he wasn’t a thief the poor child would have continued being victimized. A good came from his bad.

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Tina, I understand that when you are personally acquainted with a family, you are capable of knowing more details than are published—and possibly to know when a story is presented wrongly. On this occasion, I did not know the family, and was merely printing and discussing a story as it was reported.

My comment that: “A powerful lesson is here for mothers and other caregivers of children: NEVER let little girls sleep with unrelated men.” came from reading the following in the news story:
“They were so close that “Robbie” sometimes slept with the child so she could go to sleep.”

I have no way of knowing whether that actually happened or not, for as I have said, I was merely reporting a news story.

I’m sorry if I caused offense to you. It certainly was inadvertent.

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I know the family of the victim. NO ONE LET HER SLEEP WITH HIM. Get your story straight Shirly.Why do people always blame the victims. She was a toddler, slept in a crib. way to small for an adult. As for Mat Hahn, he saved her from further abuse. The family would have never known had he not sent the pictures the police. The family feels that he is a hero he did a wonderful thing and deserves some leniency. What if this was your daughter?

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While I agree that being a thief is less damaging than is molesting a child, I have a difficult time using that criteria in excusing Hahn from his own crime.

I appreciate your taking the time to come by and express your views. Please come again.

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I think Hahn should be let go! He is a decent human being and a hero in my book. Theft is not much of a crime when he stole from the freak who molested a child – that guy’s property should be confiscated completely and he should be sentenced for life with no parole. And Hahn is a good man – I respect a guy like that, whether he’s a thief or not.

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I have to agree with gigergal. Unfortunately the molester may not have been caught without Matthew’s crime, but he wasn’t arrested this last time for stealing the safe with the memory stick. He was arrested for an unrelated crime.

Honestly, thank you Matthew Hahn for having a conscious, but you deserve to be punished for crimes you’re proven guilty for committing.

Here’s a follow-up article I found for others interested in the story:

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/14622559.htm

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My two penny-worth is that Mr Hahn should pay for his crime and receive a sentence befitting that crime. The perpetrator of the child abuse should receive a penalty befitting that crime. As I’m not a believer of capital punishment, he should get life improsonment – no parole. I don’t think that Mr Hahn should get off any lighter as he didn’t come clean in the forst place.

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I don’t know what to think. I’d love to read the whole story, but I don’t want to join a club to do so. Either this news (so spit it out) or it isn’t. I think Digg is silly. Why do adults do this? I’ve been to two sites and still know nothing. Folks must think we have too much time on our hands.

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i think that is lame worry bout other people before urself who cares just call the police so i do not agree with mr hanns descion at all and who wud rape a 2 year old girl ewwwwwwww

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