Why do I have such a hard time believing he didn't touch them?
THEN he broke into his wife's house with a MASK on his face, ARMED with his gun, HIT her with it, DUCT-TAPED her arms and mouth, and DRAGGED HER around the house, - SURELY SHE WAS THINKING THAT SHE WAS GOING TO DIE, WHILE SLAMMING her into the floor SEVERAL times - with their 2-year-old daughter there. Punk. His wife - SO BLESSED - broke free, grabbed his gun and shot him - sending him running. He was arrested later that night. HE says he doesn't remember.
I have a hard time believing that too.
At his sentencing he said, "I've put a lot of shame on myself." Are we surprised he was still thinking ONLY of himself?
The Sheriff did the right thing though - fired him right after he abducted and sexually exploited the girls with his badge on - and because of worm-boy the Sheriff now has recruits take LIE detector tests - hopefully that ask all the right questions to detect the psychopaths and predators. Yay sheriff. Too little too late for three, but hopefully a trailblazer for other departments who DON'T test for liars yet, so they too can take the initiative to switch into prevention mode and start wiring up their recruits. Nip it in the bud.
But Sheward's wife is still scared for herself and their child. She probably always will be, as long as he's alive. The girls idea of life and law has most certainly changed to a darker version too. Instead of life, he got forty years - forty years that the judge trimmed down to just about six right there and then. What does that tell the wife about her worth?
What does it tell the girls? I'm shaking my head. That he would take unhappy runaway foster kids and do this or fill his wife with so much terror really makes me need to pray.
From the 9/29/2007 news:
...The judge sentenced Sheward to five years in prison for each of two indecent-liberties charges, suspending all but eight months of the combined term; 10 years in prison for abduction, with all but one year suspended; 20 years for breaking and entering, with all but two years suspended; and three years for using a firearm. Sheward is to remain on good behavior for 20 years, serve five years of probation, undergo a psychiatric evaluation and not have contact with any of the victims or their relatives...