William Ploof – Repeat Sex Offender – Pedophile Apologist Scumbag tries to help him escape

Convicted child molester William Ploof is no longer dangerous, his expert witness told jurors yesterday, because he’s now attracted to teenage boys – not children – and has not been disciplined in prison for pedophiliac behaviors.

THERE ARE NO CHILDREN IN PRISON

And while Dr. Luis Rosell gave Ploof, 49, the same high score as a state expert on a recidivism test, Rosell said the results can’t be trusted in Ploof’s case because older offenders are less likely to reoffend and the test didn’t consider Ploof’s age.

Rosell, a psychologist from Iowa who often testifies for sex offenders, also said Ploof’s sexual pursuits behind bars are signs of therapeutic improvement even though they violate prison rules.

“From a treatment perspective, it can show that he’s accepting being with people his own age as opposed to younger individuals,” Rosell said.

THERE ARE NO CHILDREN IN PRISON

Prosecutor Michael Valentine of the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office challenged those conclusions vigorously during cross-examination, especially Rosell’s reliance on Ploof’s own claims of rehabilitation as important evidence.

Valentine noted that Ploof told one victim in 1991 he wouldn’t offend again but did, and he told another victim in 1996 he was a changed man. “Those (statements) weren’t true, were they?” Valentine asked Rosell. “No,” Rosell replied.

Ploof, who has claimed to have between 20 and 50 sexual assault victims, completed a 10-year sentence in 2007 for sexually assaulting a young boy in 1993 and 1997. But he remains in prison pending trial under the state’s new sexually violent predator law. He’s the first person to be tried under the new law, and much rests on the jury’s verdict.

Ploof will be freed if jurors believe, as Rosell said yesterday, that Ploof has changed in prison and is no longer dangerous. If they decide instead that he’s likely to commit more acts of sexual violence, Ploof will remain incarcerated for at least five more years for additional treatment.

Jurors, four men and eight women, are expected to begin deliberating tomorrow afternoon following closing arguments.

During four days of testimony, jurors have heard about Ploof’s criminal history, his many other assaults that were never charged and his failed attempts at sex offender treatment in prison. He quit the first time after three months because he was overwhelmed and anxious, according to prison records. He was kicked out the second time after almost six months for grabbing another inmate sexually.

With Rosell’s testimony yesterday, jurors have also now heard both sides’ mental health experts offer divergent views on Ploof’s likelihood of reoffending.

That question will be significant in their deliberations because the law says Ploof should remain incarcerated for treatment if he suffers from a mental abnormality that makes him unable to control himself and likely to commit more acts of sexual violence.

Dr. Eric Mart testified for the state last week that Ploof still suffers from pedophilia, even though he’s assaulted more teenage boys than underage children. Using the Static-99, a standard test, Mart put Ploof’s likelihood of reoffending within 10 years at between 30 and 48 percent.

The test considers an offender’s victims – their age, number, gender and whether they are known to the offender. It also asks whether an offender has been in a consensual intimate relationship for at least two years.

Mart and Rosell both gave Ploof an eight, a ranking associated with the 30 to 48 percent recidivism rate. Both got there using Ploof’s criminal, prison and treatment records and their own interviews with Ploof.

But Rosell came to vastly different conclusions about Ploof’s score on the recidivism test, his behavior in prison and his likely behavior after prison.

Ploof was a pedophile when he came to prison, Rosell said, but he’s not one now. That’s because he now denies sexual interest in underage children and has not been found fantasizing about or pursuing children in prison, Rosell said.

Specifically, he hasn’t been disciplined for cutting pictures of children out of magazines or watching movies starring children, Rosell said. “Just to think that because they are locked up and there are no children around, a person does not have access to objects like that would not be an accurate statement,” Rosell said.

Rosell also took a less pessimistic view of Ploof’s failed efforts to complete sex offender treatment.

He said Ploof spent about a year in treatment during his two efforts, which totaled about eight months. He benefited from what treatment he did get, Rosell said. Ploof told Rosell before trial that he has learned to respect other people’s boundaries and realizes now that his sexual assaults cause real pain for his victims. He also knows it’s dangerous for him to isolate and rationalize his assaults, Rosell said.

Mart and Rosell both gave Ploof an eight, a ranking associated with the 30 to 48 percent recidivism rate. Both got there using Ploof’s criminal, prison and treatment records and their own interviews with Ploof.

“It’s like someone who goes to high school two or three years but doesn’t get a diploma,” Rosell said. “Did they not learn anything?”

Rosell also said he was encouraged by the “realistic” plan Ploof has for life after prison. He has a list of possible employers, residences that accept sex offenders and out-patient treatment centers, Rosell said. And he’s saved about $800 from his prison jobs.

Mart and Rosell both gave Ploof an eight, a ranking associated with the 30 to 48 percent recidivism rate. Both got there using Ploof’s criminal, prison and treatment records and their own interviews with Ploof.

Rosell said that effort shows Ploof is committed to a new life. “By having housing, work and treatment set up, that will only make things smoother when he comes back to the community,” Rosell said.

During his cross-examination, Valentine challenged Rosell’s conclusion that Ploof has recovered from pedophilia or that he’s committed to further treatment.

Ploof rejected treatment in prison, Valentine said, until after the state passed the new sex offender law that he’s now fighting.

Valentine also pressed Rosell on how realistic Ploof’s plan for life out of prison is given that he has just $800 in his bank account. Rosell said the plan is a key part to Ploof’s recovery.

The treatment he intends to try runs about $120 a month, and rent is at least double that, Valentine said. Rosell said he didn’t look into the cost of rent. Under questioning from Valentine, Rosell said he also didn’t realize that some of the housing on Ploof’s list is near Manchester schools and parks.

“Did you ask him what he’d do when his money ran out?” Valentine asked Rosell.

“No,” Rosell said.

THAT’S BECAUSE YOU WERE ONLY INTERESTED IN ONE THING – LETTING A MULTI-VICTIM CHILD-MOLESTING PEDOPHILE GO FREE

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

………Sarah Tofte

Mart and Rosell both gave Ploof an eight, a ranking associated with the 30 to 48 percent recidivism rate. Both got there using Ploof’s criminal, prison and treatment records and their own interviews with Ploof.

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