Sometimes the error in our justice system is truly outrageous and although this case received no media attention, it should have. Leonard Valentine walks free today and clearly the three strikes you’re out policy didn’t apply to him. His personal contact records are now protected. His victims are left with lifelong scars, they weren’t protected and neither are his next victims. Valentine likes young teen girls, he has commited rape, robbery, drug trafficking and domestic violence repeatedly.
A twenty year public track record only represents what he was caught doing. The AZ corrections records begin in 1986. He was incarcerated, released, violated parole and continued this cycle for twenty years. Each time he was found guilty. In 1992 he was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor (he liked taking explicit pictures of his victims). In 2000 criminal trespassing.
During incarceration between 2001-2004 he repeatedly disobeyed orders, possessed contraband, got into fights and was disrepectful.While locked up, your tax dollars provided him shelter, meals and an extensive work and education program.
What kind of criminal did the Arizona judicial system release?
At 24 years old he pursued a 14 year old girl. Her parents pressed statutory rape charges against him. At 26 years old he pursued a 15 year old girl, lied about his age, manipulated her away from her family, took her out of the state and coerced her into marrying him so he wouldn’t get in trouble. Over the next year he was repeatedly violent. His domestic abuse ranged from verbal threats to physical and sexual abuse. The victim repeatedly called police although terrified because he told her it would be worse when the police left. At one point he locked her in a motel room and forced her to watch him rape a 14 year old girl he had drugged at a party. His underage wife managed to finally escape and divorce him. Again Valentine sought out another young victim, he was 30 years old the next time.
In October 2005 he was released. He isn’t on parole and there is no community supervision in place. No supervision, with his extensive violations and the danger he poses to young women in his community. At 48 years old Valentine has spent his entire adult life as a criminal. Your tax dollars paid for and protected him.
Currently the judicial system says they can’t afford to prosecute domestic violence cases. Somehow it seems we Can afford to shelter, feed and educate criminals like Valentine.