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Man back in custody after stealing from dad

A man whose father agreed to give him a second chance after his release from prison after serving time for sexual crimes will be returning to custody because of theft charges. The man, age 33, was accused of draining his adoptive father's retirement savings of nearly $56,000 after he was released from a Michigan correctional facility.

Authorities report the younger man was given access to his father's bank account information so he could pay bills. Instead of simply paying the credit union bills, however, the defendant is accused of gaining access to the older man's retirement accounts, withdrawing tens of thousands of dollars. The younger man said he planned to use the money to purchase drugs. These allegations surfaced just six months after the man had been released from prison for his first offense. He served three years behind bars for his involvement in an alleged Internet sex crime.

The son had been part of a massive arrest round-up that occurred in 2009, when 20 men in Michigan were targeted by police and vigilante Internet groups seeking to prevent sexual exploitation of children. The man committed the crimes by sending explicit messages to a supposed 14-year-old girl. That youngster was actually an adult in disguise.

The defendant in this case will serve three to 10 years in prison in connection with the crimes. The father said he wanted his adopted son to receive the maximum punishment possible for the theft. He had even gone so far as to take out a restraining order against his son in an attempt to get him to move out. Defense attorneys say the younger man wants to repay his father.

Inmates are often sent out into the free world without the financial or social support that they need to succeed. This young man may have thought that his only option was theft. It is clear that additional support and resources must be made available to prevent recidivism among those who have been recently released from correctional institutions. The fairness of our legal system depends on these services.

Source: www.mlive.com, "Sex offender sent to prison for 3 to 10 years for stealing $56,000 from his father's retirement" Barton Deiters, Oct. 16, 2013

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