Young offenders

Every day, it seems the individuals caught up in crimes are getting younger. What is a parent to do when they find evidence that their child may have been involved in a crime? We want to believe our children could not be involved in any criminal activity, but sometimes kids disappoint parents. We want to believe we would do the "right" thing, but the big question is "right" for who? It becomes a question of "right" for society or "right" for our child. Not an easy place to be and no easy decisions here.

Some stay quiet, some make their child come forward. But what if in committing the crime, the young criminals stumble over evidence of an even greater crime?

Here is one story:

April 24 a man allegedly suffered a burglary at his home. Among items taken were a camera, a laptop, and a strongbox containing some tapes and DVD's. Reportedly, one of the mother's of the burglar's saw the tapes. She talked to the individual and:

"That woman discussed the tapes with this individual who realized the gravity of what was on the tapes and brought it to us on Friday."

As a result of this police have now arrested James Raboin, 42, and he is facing at least three counts of child rape, one count of indecent assault on a child and possession of child pornography.

Police say the tapes and DVD's contained evidence of Raboin raping children. Detectives have identified two girls who are believed to have been 8 or 9 years old at the time. They are now ages 14 and 15 and are believed to have been known to Rabion, though police have declined to identify how they knew him. Police are expecting there may be more victims.

Here is what a neighbor has to say about Raboin:

"I really don't know what's going on up there to tell you the truth. I just know there was a lot of problems with kids here and there was a break-in here," the neighbor said. "The guy was a very nice guy, what can I tell you. I mean, we're surprised,"

And here is what the Police Chief is saying:

"This individual who brought this forward is a very courageous individual. I give him a lot of credit, as well as the woman who brought it to his attention, realizing that it very well may connect someone to a burglary, the fact of the matter is this needs to be brought to the attention of police."

It has been said that charges were brought against Raboin after only viewing a small portion of the video. Police say there are 21 DVD's and hours of videotape. They say they have only viewed a fraction of that at this point.–+City/Region+News

I have a few questions. Somehow I wonder if it is as simple as it all sounds. I wonder if the "burglar" was aware of what was on those tapes and DVD's before the burglary? I wonder if the "burglar" could have been a victim, seeking to either hide what was done to him or to a friend, or to extract revenge for what was done? Or it could be as simple as it sounds- a "burglar" who inadvertently ended up with evidence of an even greater crime.

The police say that the burglary is being investigated as a separate incident. Nor is there any hint that that person was a victim or connected to any victims. 


The police are insisting the burglars are not heroes, just burglars. They say the only motive for the burglary was burglary.

The objections to the stolen "evidence" are already beginning.–+City+Weekly



  1. Peach said,

    May 3, 2006 at 12:44 pm

    His bail is ONLY 50k? What’s up with that!?!?

  2. May 3, 2006 at 2:10 pm

    Good question. Some states don't seem to feel that child sex offenders out on bail are a risk to the community.

    is behind bars on $50,000 cash bail and no longer a threat to the two girls who police suspect were as young as 9 and 10 years old when he allegedly began raping them,

    This makes it sound safe, but if this means that a bail bondsman can get him out for 10% ($5,000) that doesn't sound too safe to me.

  3. Magnolia said,

    May 3, 2006 at 7:59 pm


    I still think the burgler should be punished ,tho. Maybe community service in a pediatric unit,burn unit,…maybe something to motivate himself to do something good to turn his life around….kind of positive reinforcement for doing the right thing, but a reminder to not do the wrong thing.

  4. May 4, 2006 at 12:47 am

    I agree. This seems like the type of kid that with the right type of monitoring and guidance this kid could be turned around. I believe he needs to go to court and face up to what he did. But he should receive a lot of credit for doing the right thing at such a personal cost to himself. It at least shows he isn’t selfish and is capable of making sacrifices for others.
    I have to admit, I got a giggle about the fact that even a teen burglar thought a child rapist was so low that it was worth getting in trouble just to turn him in.

  5. Jo said,

    May 5, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Wow! I grew up with Jim Rabion, don’t know what happened to him to lead him to do something like this. Makes me feel sick inside. The world grows cold……….

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