The effects don’t stop after the trial

After police are called, after the trial, the repercussions of a crime within a family doesn’t usually end there. Emotionally, and often physically the repercussions go on for years.

James Francis O’Brien Jr., 26, has been charged with Plymouth police arrested him Tuesday on charges of statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors and furnishing alcohol to minors. On the surface, that doesn’t seem to have anything to do with domestic related crimes, does it?

But when you consider the history, then that puts a little bit different perspective on the picture.

In 1999, O’Brien testified against his father, and provided witness testimony about how his mother and father had been sexually abusing him and his 4 brothers. He had testified that the abuse began about the age of five and that his father had sex with him, made him have sex with his brothers, that their mother participated in some of the sex acts, and as they got older their father began paying them to participate in sex acts.

This is the second arrest for James F. O’Brien, he was charged as a juvenile in 1997 with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a 5-year-old boy, previously spent time in a County Correctional Facility on a plea bargain for molestation and escape from the juvenile center. A prison official said O’Brien Jr. has been in and out of the prison several times since 1999 but couldn’t say on what charges.

Can I say the previous abuse is what caused him to be an abuser? Studies show an increase in the likelyhood of an abuse victim becoming an abuser themselves. And I think a case can be made on the fact that those boys were never given an opportunity to learn normal interpersonal relationships. Do I think this should mitigate in any way the fact that he has now become an offender himself? No. At the point where he chose to become an offender, then he knowingly chose to harm another child, to perpetuate the abuse cycle, and to break the law.

But I do think this is a good illustration of how the effects of domestic crimes will reverberate down through the years, and can cause other future victims.

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