UPDATE: Sex Offender's Sister Speaks

By: James Sparvero Email
By: James Sparvero Email
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UPDATE 4/8/2014 4:15 PM

Twenty-four hours after a convicted child sex offender avoids prison time we're hearing reaction from the man's family.

40-year-old Cynthia Barker was not in the Wood County courtroom Monday when her older brother Howard Case was sentenced to home confinement.

Case was found guilty last year of raping a 6-year-old girl back in 1999.

Like family members of the victim who we spoke with, Barker disagrees with Judge Reed's decision to send Case home to his elderly mother's house.

She says if not behind bars her brother should at least be in a mental institution.

"I hope if anyone else was molested by him, that they have the heart to come forward because it's wrong. He doesn't understand that. I know that. He doesn't care. He cares only about himself," she says.

Judge Reed says Case can only leave his mother's house to receive sex offender treatment or see a doctor.

Meanwhile, according to the state attorney, another person has recently come forward accusing Case of sexual assault against a child.

Judge Reed says the details of Monday's sentencing could change pending that case.

A convicted child sex offender avoids prison time.

The decision from court is very upsetting to family members of the victim.

Howard Case was facing at least the next couple years in prison.

Instead, he's now going home to his elderly mother.

Judge Reed sentenced the Wood County man to home confinement with some strict modifications.

Case can only leave his mother's house to receive sex offender treatment or see a doctor.

The house won't have an internet connection and no one under 18 is allowed to visit.

However, some family members of the victims say that's not the justice they wanted.

Judge Reed said he was concerned of how Case would fair protecting himself in prison because he scored very low on some recent intelligence tests.

But the judge also said, as a "threat to society" and a repeat offender he couldn't allow Case back on the streets.

The evidence included the account of a girl who was just 6-years-old at the time she was raped back in 1999.

And according to the state, a new child victim has recently come forward.

Judge Reed says pending that case the details of Monday's sentencing could change.

But for now, Howard Case will immediately be confined to his home.

For how long, we don't know.

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