Scott Walker's Repeated Defense of Sex Offenders
By Ryan Alexander
When news broke last week that Scott Walker's close friend and former operator of ScottWalker.org was investigated for owning child pornography and was charged with felony child enticement, all Scott Walker had to say was that he was "disappointed."
He never expressed outrage. He never apologized to the victim or his family. He never took the charges against his good friend and longtime campaign aide seriously.
This wasn't the first time that Scott Walker failed to strongly condemn those that have been associated with sex crimes under his watch.
As Milwaukee County Executive, Scott Walker's incompetence at his Mental Health Complex resulted in more than 67 sexual assaults, a starvation death of a patient and more than 800 violent incidents. One rape victim's assault even resulted in a pregnancy.
How did Scott Walker respond?
He tried to cover it up. He protected his hand-picked mental health administrator, who was completely unqualified for the position, by moving him to a cushy taxpayer-funded job. He refused to release a 2008 safety audit of his facility that cost taxpayers more than $80,000 and only released it after Disability Rights groups threatened legal action. He did everything he could to stonewall investigators and deny the public access to information on the scandal going into the 2010 election.
As Governor, Scott Walker's defense of those associated with sex offenders has even extended to his judicial appointees.
"Years in prison. A criminal record. A social stigma that will be with you for the rest of your life. These are only a few reasons to fight your child sex offense charges with an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney. ...
We defend against child sex crime accusations involving:
- Child pornography
- Child solicitation, including Internet solicitation of a minor
- Child enticement
- Statutory rape
- Sexual assault of a minor
- Sexual exploitation of a minor
- Prostitution and Internet stings"
Usually it's the lawyers who put child predators behind bars that end up getting judicial appointments -- not those who protect them. But then again, this is now Scott Walker's Wisconsin where everything is upside down these days.
And that's not all. Scott Walker and his Republican cronies in state Legislature also refused to restore funding for Department of Justice programs that help victims of sexual assault recover from their attacks.
It wasn't until Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen publicly bashed this decision that Scott Walker reversed course to restore funding so that sexual assault victims programs wouldn't be shut down.
With Scott Walker's long record of defending those associated with sex crimes, one has to wonder why it is that he refuses to take these crimes seriously.