By Perly Viasmensky
Up to now, former Las Vegas Fire Captain Richard Loughry has lived an exemplary life serving the city of Las Vegas as a firefighter saving lives, but on Monday his whole life changed over one single mistake that turned him into a sex offender living under the supervision of a probation officer for the next five years of his life.
But after all, he is still a very lucky man; he had family members and fellow firefighters seated behind him showing their support while Senior District Court Judge Jim Bixler read out loud the future of his life for the next five years.
Captain Loughry was standing trial for having sex with a minor prostitute and now he lives in shame for his action; but as fair as the result was, I wonder why he has to be punished so extremely as needing to register as a sex offender. The truth of the case is that regardless of her age, “the little girl” was an experienced prostitute with a pimp to manage her “finances.”
His remorse was so visible that I seriously doubt if he would ever make the same mistake again, but I do wonder what law enforcement and the judicial system have done, not only with the minor prostitute, but with her pimp.
It seems like the law enforcement agencies have a tendency to protect the habitual criminals honoring their belief that criminals have rights too because they overlook the fact that the minor prostitute was advertising herself as a 22-year-old woman; but Captain Loughry forgot to ask his date to bring her driver’s license and any other form of identification when she looked like anything but a fifteen-year-old “innocent little girl.”
The case of Captain Loughry reminds me in a way of the case of Jessie Foster, the young woman from Canada who moved to Las Vegas with her “fiancé” pimp and when she disappeared, the police, ignoring the tears and suffering of the inconsolable mother asking for her daughter’s whereabouts, was afraid to question her pimp to the point that they stated that “we do not want problems with these people” and never moved a finger to find the girl during the thirteen years that the young Las Vegas visitor was missing.
Not one word has been said about the pimp of the “innocent little girl” who drove her to the fire station to visit with Captain Loughry and no words have been said on how it was proven that Captain Loughry’s “innocent little girl” was not the 22-year-old that was advertising her “services” in a local publication.
If I remember it right, when the news broke it was said that the minor prostitute was driven to the fire station by her pimp, but it seems like criminals have rights and pimps do, too, beside the police being afraid to face the music played by the pimps.
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.