Corey Deen Saunders – Repeat Sex Offender – Life in Prison

Corey Deen Saunders, the convicted sex offender who raped a boy in the New Bedford Free Public Library last year, was sentenced yesterday to life in prison by a Superior Court judge who ruled that only a lengthy jail sentence could keep Saunders from harming children.

“We now know that Saunders is not amenable to rehabilitation,” Superior Court Judge Robert J. Kane wrote in his decision, adding that “the history of Saunders’ constant abuse of children . . . and his insincerity silence any claims that Saunders will effectively control his sexual urges.”

Saunders will not be eligible for parole for at least 15 years. If he is released, he will be on probation for the rest of his life with conditions that he stay away from children and undergo sex offender treatment.

The arrest of the 27-year-old from New Bedford on charges that he raped a 6-year-old boy as the child’s mother worked on a computer feet away sparked outrage because of the nature of the crime, Saunders’s history of abuse, and his release from prison two years earlier.

He had been on probation for a previous conviction of trying to rape a 7-year-old and was supposed to stay away from children. A Superior Court judge JUDGE MOSES had released Saunders from prison after he served his four-year term in spite of prosecutors’ requests to keep him jailed, arguing he was still a danger to children. He is now serving a five-year prison sentence for violating probation for the 2001 conviction.

Saunders had admitted to court psychologists a history of molesting boys while staying in foster homes and state programs. He had a disturbed childhood, psychologists said in the court records, and a low intelligence level.

The mother of the 6-year-old boy submitted a letter to the court yesterday saying, “This incident has been very dramatic in both my son’s life and my family’s life.”

“Please understand that this man tried to take my son’s innocence away,” she said. The Globe does not identify victims of sexual abuse.

“He is a danger to children in society,” she said. “Not another child nor family should go through the pain that we have endured.”

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

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