Given that he was out on day parole in December 2015 I suppose it should come as no great surprise that Father George Ansell Smith has just been granted full [parole, but, in truth, it does.
So, May 2013 Father George Smith was sentenced to 11 years in jail, and 06 July 2016 – a little over three years later – he’s out. Finished.
13 July 2016: Retired priest George Ansel Smith granted full parole
Initially Smith was charged with charged with 72 sex offences. Thirty of those charges were, for whatever reason (plea bargaining?) withdrawn by the Crown. And now, he’s presumably paid his debt to society?
Look at this:
The board said Smith scored a 23 on the General Statistical Information on Recidivism, which indicates that four out of five offenders with similar characteristics will not reoffend within a three-year period.
That means that one out five “offenders; DID reoffend within a three year period. Who, in their right mind, is willing to take that sort of risk with the safety and will being of our children?
Oh yes, true enough, there are “conditions” attached.
“not be in the presence of any male children under the age of 18 unless accompanied by a responsible adult who knows his criminal history and has been previously approved in writing by his parole supervisor.
“He is to have no contact with his victims or any member of their families.
“He cannot own use or possess a computer or any technological device that would allow him unsupervised access to the Internet.
“He is not to be in,, or near places where children under 18 are likely to be — elementary and secondary schools, parks, swimming pools and recreation centres — unless accompanied by an adult previously approved by his parole supervisor and his is not to consume, purchase or possess alcohol.”
Who, pray tell, will be keeping tabs on Father George Smith 24/7 to ensure he does NOT violate those conditions? Who, pray tell, will keep tabs on him 24/7 to ensure he is NOT in the presence of any young lads? And, for that matter, who pray tell, will advise people where this sexual predator is living so that parents can protect their children themselves?
And, another question. Who decided that girls are safe in the presence of this predatory priest? Who decided that girls are NOT at risk? True enough his perverted preference seems to be boys, but how many times have we seen a priest who usually molests boys go after a little girl? Father Barry Glendinning did. And, to the shock of many, Father Hod Marshall had a young female woman amongst his many victims. It’s just not that unusual.
Anyway, what a sham that parole board is. Just a sham. There they are, all hearts and flowers and overflowing with charity for a priest who raped the souls of those young boys, lived a lie throughout his priesthood, betrayed the trust of countless Roman Catholics, and defiantly thumbed his nose at God.
Wouldn’t it warm the cockles of the heart if Father Smith declared himself unworthy to be released? Wouldn’t that be amazing?
And, yes, this wolf in sheep’s clothing is still “Father” Smith. He is still a priest. Have proceedings commenced yet to have him defrocked/ laicized? Has anyone in the diocese decided yet that this serial molester truly is unfit to be a priest? Does anyone know?
Oh my, it must be so terribly disheartening for a judge to see his sentencing virtually mocked like this.
My heart goes out to all the victims of Father George Smith. Ditto their families. Please keep them all in your prayers.
I will post the info on Father Victor Phelan M. Afr. next. It’s basically finished but I want a few minutes to go over the links and ensure all is in order.
Enough for now,