"Mickey," as he was known, has been in prison since 1992, after his initial arrest and subsequent conviction of aggravated sexual assault perpetrated against a 3-year-old girl, as Pamela Cosel reports for KXAN News.
Mickey, now 38, was sentenced to 55 years, and is now up for parole.
The prosecutor on the case is "formally protesting," Cosel writes, which is not surprising, given that it's tough for convicted sex offenders to actually do enough prison time, conjuring to mind those who are "civilly committed." In effect, civil commitment is indefinite detention outside of the normal criminal process.
The prosecutor called the man a "dangerous pedophile," and went on to say, "We need to protect against him ever harming another child."
A 55-year sentence is a long sentence, and Mickey hasn't served all that time. The troubling thing is, even if Mickey does serve the full 55 years, someone will object to his release.
On another note, there's nothing in Cosel's report to indicate Mickey's side of the story. Rather, the title is "pedophile sex offender up for parole." Society doesn't look too favorably on Mickey, and yet what if Mickey truly is eligible for parole?