In response to the recent article that has spawned many responses and opinions regarding the release of a Woburn man Thomas L. Bergeron accused of sex crimes against a minor, I offer the following thoughts.
I have three daughters and live less than 100 yards from this man's home and I am trying to respond and act without emotion or any extreme prejudice.
Regardless of what we feel and believe, this man has apparently been living in my neighborhood for about 18 years, and to my knowledge he has not had any trouble with the law. So, perhaps the parole board actually did know what they were doing when he was released, even if we disagree with letting a murderer out of prison.
Now according to this article he is accused of horrible sex crimes against a minor but he has yet to be convicted, and like it or not, we do live in a country where you are innocent until proven guilty. And if he is found guilty nothing would make me happier than seeing him serve the rest of his life in prison and hopefully facing the same type agony he caused. However, what if he is innocent of this crime?
My biggest problem here is with Judge Tuttman. With his past conviction, even though (to my limited knowledge) his past crimes were not of a sexual assault nature, how this judge can overturn or revoke his being held without bail and letting him go even under "conditions" is beyond comprehension. To err on the side of caution would have been better judgment by Judge Tuttman. The way I see it, someone needs to review Judge Tuttman's decisions and see what her record is of overturning decisions, and if there have been consequences to her actions that needs to lead to her being removed from the bench.
So, as it stands now, we as a community can and should be outraged by the judge's decision to release this man, but also as a community, we need to let our local law enforcement do their jobs to serve and protect us, and as much as I may be disgusted by the charges brought against him and would prefer he not be my neighbor, he has not been convicted yet and therefore he needs be left alone. Obviously because of this article our neighborhood will have a watchful eye out, but that's as far as we can and should take things, other than asking for someone to check Judge Tuttman's record as I mentioned above.