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A convicted child rapist was just given a sentence of probation for repeatedly sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl. Jeff Calica pleaded guilty to a single count of lewd and lascivious behavior with a minor, but at his sentencing Monday, Judge Michael Washington imposed the agreed-upon terms of his plea bargain. He will not see a single day in jail.

Although the judge sentenced Calica to three years in prison, he suspended all of them and placed the child predator on probation instead.

Calica originally faced up to eight years in state prison for his acts with the small child who attended middle school in Solana Beach, California. However, because of a broken justice system, the eight years turned to zero.

According to NBC San Diego, a spokeswoman for the victim's family rejected that punishment as inadequate, noting that defendants routinely go to prison for simple possession of child pornography. She said Calica drove to Solana Beach twice from Oxnard, and had sex with the girl both times.

"Your actions and assault [have] turned our lives upside-down and caused a happy little girl's life to be ripped out from under her feet and be put into a tail-spin of depression, isolation and bitterness," the girl's mother wrote in a letter to the court.

The victim's family will now have to take matters into their own hands and have subsequently filed a civil suit against their daughter's rapist. The school is also named in the suit because they "negligently allowed (the victim) to use school computers to go to online chatrooms where she met Calica ... and entered an online relationship."

The suit also states students, including the victim, were allowed to leave school unsupervised and go next door to the Solana Beach Library where the abuse took place.

No one at the school has been charged and we wouldn't expect them to be given the fact that the child predator was let off virtually scot-free.

A 12-year-old girl was allowed by the school to build a relationship with a child predator who she was subsequently raped by—twice—and not a single person was punished. A travesty of justice, indeed.

What's more, if we compare Calica's case to another case across the country in Pensacola, Florida—a far more perverse injustice is revealed. Earlier this month, William Brett Brownell, 26, was sentenced to 70 months in prison and his father, William Ezra Brownell, 60, was sentenced to 20 months in prison.

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This father and son had not raped anyone, had not attempted to prey on children, had not stolen anything, and, in fact, they had harmed no one.

The Brownell's "crime," which landed them a cumulative 7.5 years behind bars, was to sell a plant to willing customers. For three years, this father and son duo sold large quantities of a highly beneficial plant that is legal in some form in over half the country—including Florida—and now they're behind bars.

Sadly, they were thrown in jail by a justice system who places crimes against children in the back seat to the immensely profitable war on drugs.

When a child rapist is spared time behind bars while a father and son are thrown in a cage for selling a plant, it is high time to reexamine the current system. Indeed, this comparison is not rare. It happens all the time.

Earlier this year, TFTP reported on the case of Monroe Gordon Piland III—a doctor and former Naval officer—who was sentenced to 18 years in prison for growing cannabis which harmed no one.

That same month, an NYPD sergeant, who raped a 13-year-old girl repeatedly, got a slap on the wrist for his heinous crime which has likely destroyed another life. According to the Daily Mail Vladamir Krull was, “convicted of twice raping girlfriend’s daughter, 13, and forcing her to perform sex acts on him at school after taking her to the father/daughter breakfast.” When his case went to trial, he was convicted of child rape and received just THREE years in prison.

As Jack Burns wrote, we want to know why. Why is it pedophiles get off scot-free and those who are reportedly trying to do good with their knowledge of natural medicine are kidnapped, jailed, and/or killed, all because of a God-given plant and its healing properties?

Studies show pedophiles have dozens of victims before they’re eventually caught or die of natural causes, and as this case illustrates, few of those who are convicted of crimes against children ever spend a day behind bars. Yet those caught with drugs are much more likely to spend serious time in prison for possession, and distribution, both typically non-violent offenses.

It’s high time we stop sending Vietnam War veterans, medical doctors, dads, children, wives and husbands to prison for a plant. It’s time we take action. Call your congressman or senator today and express your desire to see marijuana legalized, and those in prison for marijuana-related charges set free.

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