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Hosey: Stiff sentences, at least until they walk
By JOSEPH HOSEY
It’s hard to imagine how the parents must have felt when they found out the janitor at their daughters’ school was making videos of girls changing for gym.
The janitor, Ryan Thompson, who worked at Chaney-Monge School in Crest Hill, had the videos on his work cellphone, according to a court filing. Which makes you wonder why a janitor needs a work cellphone in the first place, not that the money for it was coming out of the superintendent’s pocket or anything like that.
This was back in March 2017. Just 10 months later, Thompson pleaded guilty to unauthorized video recording, a crime that would not put him on the sex offender registry.
Thompson could have gotten off with probation, but the judge, David Carlson, gave him the maximum sentence, five years in prison, even though Thompson pleaded. A psychosexual evaluation had put Thompson at "an above average risk of committing similar offenses in the future," so keeping him locked away for as long as possible seemed to be in the public interest.