This is completely unacceptable.
A dangerous repeat rapist is on the verge of being released back onto the streets thanks in part to objections of the judge in his case due to a recent New York State Court of Appeals ruling.
In 2006, Jerome Arps, a 58-year-old sexual deviant, raped a woman on the steps of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. At the time, dangerous rapists like Arps were allowed to be jailed after their release date if they were deemed a threat to the public.
But that rule changed in 2014, after which the offender could only be kept in jail if it was determined that a mental issue was the cause of their behavior, as opposed to something less serious like a personality disorder.
Even though many experts, including psychologists, fear that Arps may commit another rape should he be released, since he’s not clinically mentally disturbed, he’ll qualify for release on his actual release date.
“Mr. Arp’s psychiatric condition makes him strongly predisposed to commit future sex offenses,” state psychiatrist Dr. Frances Charder said in a court paper — even diagnosing Arps as a psychopath with an antisocial personality disorder.
The New York Post reported that Arps has a long history of sexual assault, including involvement in the gang rape of a 14-year-old girl when he was a minor.