This story is just astounding. Apparently an American teacher in Buffalo convicted of having sex with a 15-year-old female student was given a choice of punishment: go to prison or leave the U.S. and spend three years in exile in Fort Erie, Ontatio. He choose Fort Erie.
Now I was born in Fort Erie, or Fort Dreary as we sometimes call it, and while I never lived there my grandparents, aunts and uncles and so on still do, and I visit regularly. It's not exactly a garden spot, but nor is it a place to send child abusers into exile.
But what the hell kind of plea bargain is this? Are we now the dumping ground for all the United States' undesirable criminals? I'm sorry Buffalo, but we don't want your child abusers. Did they bother asking Canadian authorities for our opinion before they decided to ship this child abuser over the border? How do they think the people of Fort Erie feel about accepting a child abuser into their community?
I know he hasn't been heard from much since February, but if someone could please page Monte Solberg to the white courtesy phone his services are required. There's no reason we have to let this guy into Canada. Send him back to Buffalo. I've been there. It's a lot like prison.
BUFFALO — Jail or Canada? Malcolm Watson chose Canada.
In an unusual sentence that has immigration lawyers questioning its legality, Watson, a U.S. citizen, has agreed to stay out of the United States for the next three years as punishment for having sex with a 15-year-old female student.
The exile starts Monday for the 35-year-old former Buffalo Seminary teacher, who was arrested in April after a mall security guard noticed him and the girl sitting in a parked car for two hours.