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POSTED: 8:25 am EDT October 25, 2005
UPDATED: 8:46 am EDT October 25, 2005

PROVIDENCE -- A group of psychiatrists objected to the state's plan to commit a sex offender to the state's psychiatric hospital.

Paul Lieberman, president of the Rhode Island Psychiatric Society, said people should be hospitalized only if they need psychiatric care. Committing someone just to keep them off the streets would be a "gross abuse" of medical standards, he said.

"Incarceration is not a medical treatment and people should not be put into psychiatric hospitals, which are designed for psychiatric illness, to prolong incarceration," Lieberman said.

State officials have proposed placing Todd McElroy in a locked ward at Eleanor Slater Hospital on Friday when he is released from prison. It is the first time they have used a law that allows state officials to petition a judge to hold a sex offender for up to six months in a psychiatric ward.

McElroy, 39, was sentenced to 42 years in prison for kidnapping and raping a 10-year-old boy. The former Warwick resident has served 17 years and will be on probation for the next 25.

Lieberman and representatives from five other medical organizations said Monday that they believe McElroy should be freed but supervised during probation.

But H. Reed Cosper, the state's mental health advocate, said he believes McElroy needs some transitional hospital care after receiving improper medical treatment in prison. McElroy spent almost four and a half years in isolation after attacking inmates and staff.

Massachusetts law allows state officials to petition the court to detain sex offenders who would be dangerous if released from prison. Rhode Island law does not allow that.

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maybe its time for rhode island to change their laws so they can keep this bag of crap locked up for being a sexually dangerous predator, or maybe its time for truth in sentencing a 42 year sentence and he is up for release in 17 years?
 

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Oh come on guys. We all know sexual predators (especially child predators) can be rehabilitated right? He served his time. He did a whole 17 years of his 42. And after all, the child he preyed upon will get over it eventually. After all, Mr. Lieberman would probably be the first to admit that being raped at 10 leaves no indelible mark. It's not the victim we need to protect, its the poor misguided soul who perpetrated the "offense".

F'ing child rapists. There is only 1 true and COMPLETELY effective rehabilitation and Se7en called it. 1 shot, 1 kill. And I'd be happy to be the trigger-man, and I wouldnt lose a minutes sleep.
 

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BartA1 said:
maybe its time for rhode island to change their laws so they can keep this bag of crap locked up for being a sexually dangerous predator, or maybe its time for truth in sentencing a 42 year sentence and he is up for release in 17 years?
=D>Very well said. That is absolute BS! The fact that he may do six months extra is moot issue when he should have 25 years left until they let the POS loose.
 

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kwflatbed said:
Massachusetts law allows state officials to petition the court to detain sex offenders who would be dangerous if released from prison. Rhode Island law does not allow that.
Actually, this is in accurate as of very recently (sometime this week). The committment was just repealed in MA as it was never used. Only 63 people had this used against them since 1999. Other states that have it, I think it was Arizona, used it on all 400+ sex offenders that were released
 
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