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"An Offender for a Word": Predation and Purgatory in Beaumont

• by William N. Grigg (Pro Liberate)

 Matthew Cherry was twenty-one years old when he found himself in a police interrogation room. At the time, he had the psychological maturity of a bright 12-year-old boy.  Thus it isn't surprising that Matthew was much too trusting when Beaumont Police Detective Mark Hogge assured the young man that they just needed to clear things up about a reported off-color remark Matthew made to a member of his church youth group after swimming at the local YMCA.

Nor should we be surprised that the June 2004 interrogation, conducted without the benefit of counsel, extracted a confession that would lead to Matthew's conviction as a sexual offender -- and a decade of unalloyed misery for his family....

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