The hypocrisy never ends. A former boys’ baseball and soccer coach and Cub Scout leader who had his own copy of the Ten Commandments on the front lawn of his home has been convicted of molesting four 9 year-old boys and is facing a seven year prison sentence.
Bruce A. Hafner, 41, pleaded guilty in December to four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four boys, all of whom were 9 when the abuse occurred in 2001 and 2002.
Hafner, who now lives in Farmington, Mo., apologized in court Wednesday to his victims and their parents, promising that he would never abuse a child again. He said he had focused his attention on his wife and their three children since his arrest in August 2002.
Hafner also suggested that the victims and their families look to Jesus for help in healing.
‘Cause ya know, that whole Jesus thing did such a good job of keeping Hafner on the straight and narrow.
Oh, that’s right. There technically isn’t a commandment that reads Thou shalt not sexually abuse small children. But wait, it gets better:
“I just want to let you know that I truly regret what happened,” he said in a short statement to Circuit Judge Ann E. Callis. “I’ve gone through a lot of treatment. I have a lot of guilt and shame for these kids.”
Hey buddy, how about a little guilt and shame for yourself? I’m sure the kids will be dealing with their own guilt and shame in therapy for years to come without you giving them any more.
I’m willing to bet he meant to say that he feels a lot of guilt and shame over what he did to these boys, but sometimes those Freudian slips are very telling.
But Kyle Napp, the Madison County assistant state’s attorney who handled the case, said it was impossible to predict whether Hafner would reoffend. Napp suggested that Hafner was less than honest with himself and the court about what he had done and how he would rehabilitate himself.
“You can’t turn to God and use him as a cover for all you’ve done,” Napp said. “This man had the Ten Commandments on his lawn, and the whole time he was inside his house molesting little boys.”
Napp cited one victim who went on a trip with Hafner’s family to Branson, Mo. At the hotel, Napp said, Hafner slept in one bed with the victim while his wife slept in the other bed with the couple’s son.
The victim later reported that Hafner had fondled him during the trip, Napp said.
Can I please get a “What the fuck?!?” Thank you! I’m assuming Hafner’s wife has had a lobotomy or something.
Oh by the way, this guy could serve as little four years out of the seven he’s been sentenced for. Folks in Farmington, Missouri you might want to mark your calendars.