- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 18, 2003

For at least the second time this year, a child molester in Montgomery County has disappeared after being freed pending sentencing. Paul Jalango, a Kenyan immigrant, was convicted Sept. 23 of sexually assaulting the 6-year-old daughter of a family friend on numerous occasions between March and June of 2002. Despite prosecutors’ common sense arguments that Jalango, a non-citizen facing 20 years in prison, was a flight risk, Circuit Court Judge Durke Thompson permitted Jalango to remain free on $5,000 bond.

So, Jalango did what any clear-thinking rapist facing a couple of decades in prison would do: He skipped town. Sheriffs’ deputies report that he moved out of his Montgomery Village home at least two weeks ago and has been missing from his job since Sept. 25.

If this story sounds familiar, it should: On May 7, Dr. David Fuster, a Bethesda dentist, was convicted of sedating a 15-year-old patient with laughing gas and molesting her. Despite the fact that he faced 55 years in prison, he was allowed to remain free pending his July 10 sentencing. On May 8, Fuster removed his five children from public schools. Then, the family — Fuster, his wife and five children — disappeared. Fuster’s attorneys said they learned he had fled several weeks later, after failing to reach him in order to fit him with an electronic monitoring bracelet. The Fuster family has been missing for five months.

It would be a serious mistake to view the Fuster and Jalango cases as mere aberrations. Obviously, doctrinaire liberalism, which permeates the political culture of the county, has made it a sought-after place for dangerous criminals. How else to explain the case of Jose Alvarado? In 1997, Alvarado, a convicted rapist and Salvadoran immigrant, pleaded guilty to fondling a 10-year-old Montgomery County boy. Circuit Judge Warren Donohue sentenced him to 15 years in prison, with all but 18 months suspended. After serving his time, Alvarado was deported in 1998. He subsequently re-entered the country illegally, returned to Montgomery County and rented a room in the home of a Rockville woman. He was arrested June 30 on charges of raping her 5-year-old son.

It’s long past time for Montgomery County taxpayers to take a careful look at permissive jurists, such as Judges Donahue and Thompson, and ask themselves why deviants like Alvarado, Fuster and Jalango call Montgomery County home.

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