Norman Hoffman, security guard, of Maxfield Avenue, Kingston 11, pleaded guilty to the charge when he appeared in the Home Circuit Court last month. Sentencing was put off until yesterday
Hoffman admitted 11 previous convictions for offences of buggery and gross indecency committed on young boys.
He is the father of five children 19 to 29 years.
The court was told that Hoffman went to a church in the Corporate Area and said he was a Christian. He was subsequently appointed youth director. He took some boys to a summer camp last year and reports were made to the police that he sexually assaulted one of the boys.
Attorney-at-law Melrose Reid made an impassioned plea for leniency for Hoffman. She said Hoffman was very sorry for what had happened and was willing to get counselling.
Miss Justice Kay Beckford put off sentencing until yesterday to allow Hoffman to get counselling while in custody.
The judge in sentencing Hoffman said she had to send him to prison because he was a habitual sex offender.
Then again knowing what we now know of paedophilia and the issue to do with the problem being a disorder as deemed so by the Bible for all in the psychological community was this man a paedophile?
We also are told by the experts that most same sex paedophile perpetrators are not homosexual although they get involved with younger same sex persons. Abuse is abuse and the supposed sexual orientation of the perpetrator is immaterial as an attraction to children of a sexual nature is a diagnosable and treatable disorder.
Nicholas Groth is a pioneer in the scientific study of sexual offenders against women and children, who has treated over 3000 child molesters over the course of two decades. A former director of the Sex Offender Program at the Connecticut Department of Corrections, Groth is the author of Men Who Rape: Psychology of the Offender, a work widely regarded as a classic textbook on the psychology of sexual violence.
He concurred in a recent debate on homosexuality vs paedophilia that Homosexuality and homosexual pedophilia are not synonymous. In fact, it may be that these two orientations are mutually exclusive, the reason being that the homosexual male is sexually attracted to masculine qualities whereas the heterosexual male is sexually attracted to feminine characteristics, and the sexually immature child’s qualities are more feminine than masculine. . . . The child offender who is attracted to and engaged in adult sexual relationships is heterosexual. It appears, therefore, that the adult heterosexual male constitutes a greater sexual risk to underage children than does the adult homosexual male.
The general belief in the stereotype that "Homosexuals are dangerous as teachers or youth leaders because they try to get sexually involved with children" or that "Homosexuals try to play sexually with children if they cannot get an adult partner." is very real in our scenario.
Certainly the religious community and by extension the mainstream in most instances do not subscribe to the difference and just group men who are same sex attracted as paedophiles waiting to pounce upon their next victim thus polluting the nation, the family and foisting homosexuality on persons, strange how these same religious persons are quicj condemn without researching the information and even the Star News sensationalistic as usual publishing this story without examining if only a little the nuances involved for readers to get a better grasp of the topics.