Everyone cheered when pedophile Peter Mallory was sentenced to 1,000 years in prison for his heinous crimes. But just seven years after his sentence, he has been released on parole.
Who Is Peter Mallory?
In one word, scum. Peter Mallory is a 72-year-old man from Georgia who, as Coweta Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Dennis Blackman put it, is “probably the most prolific collector of child pornography in the entire world.” On February 13, 2013, Mallory was sentenced to 1,000 years in state prison for the sexual exploitation of children, invasion of privacy, and tampering with evidence.
When the LaGrange Police Department initially began their investigation in February 2011, they found more than 600 suspected child porn files linked to Mallory’s computer at his place of work, the LaGrange television station, WCAG-TV. As disturbing as that already is, it was nothing compared to what the police would later discover about Mallory’s dark secret.
In total, the police found Mallory to be in possession of more than 26,000 child pornography files. District Attorney Herb Cranford said, “The evidence demonstrated that Mallory knowingly and intentionally sought out, gathered, downloaded, and saved these images and videos of children being raped, tortured, and sexually exploited.”
The police found Mallory to be in possession of more than 26,000 child pornography files.
The child pornography files he had on his computer must not have been enough to satisfy his disturbing obsession because Mallory took it a step further. At his television station, Mallory installed a hidden camera in his office, where he would invade young women’s privacy by secretly spying on them. Mallory was also convicted of tampering with evidence in an attempt to cover up his dark secrets.
Mallory was first up for parole in December 2019, just six years after his sentence, but was denied. The board set Mallory’s next chance for parole consideration for May 2022, but stated that the date could be earlier based on Mallory’s “performance incentive credits,” which is exactly what happened. Even though Mallory was sentenced to 1,000 years in state prison for his crimes in 2013, the State Board of Pardons and Paroles released him into the community on parole on May 27, 2020. Apparently, Mallory’s crimes were not horrific enough to make him ineligible for parole, according to the board.
Apparently, Mallory’s crimes were not horrific enough to make him ineligible for parole, according to the board.
The Problem with Mallory’s Parole
Even though the District Attorney himself made it clear to the board that he strongly opposed Mallory’s parole, they went ahead with it anyway. Cranford warned that “Mallory is sexually deviant and commits these crimes by compulsion as much as by choice.”
The board said that they were confident that the Georgia Department of Community Supervision would be able to keep an eye on Mallory. Cranford pointed out that in our current digital age, where everything is available at our fingertips within just a few seconds, there’s no way any amount of supervision can prevent an awful man like Mallory from “seeking out the most heinous images and videos of small children being sexually abused.”
A Broken System That Allows Predators on the Street
Mallory is now registered as a sex offender and is being electronically monitored. He has also been banned from Troup County and from contacting any of his victims. Should Mallory violate the law or the conditions of his release, his parole will be revoked. But is that enough? Is it just? Absolutely not!
Just because Mallory didn’t physically hurt his victims, it doesn’t make his crimes less punishable.
Mallory’s parole is an outrage and a slap in the face to all of Mallory’s victims. His parole brings absolutely no justice at all for these innocent children and young women. Just because Mallory didn’t physically hurt his victims, it doesn’t make his crimes less punishable.
Statistics show that even violent sex offenders serve shockingly little time.
Unfortunately, in a justice system that's overrun with criminals and little space to house them, the pressure is on to release criminals earlier than their sentence requires. According to a study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics in 2016, "about a quarter (24%) of offenders [who were] released after being sentenced for rape or sexual assault served between 5 and 10 years before initial release; most (57%) served shorter terms than that."
The way the justice system often sees it is that even violent sexual offenders are not kept in prison for all that long. So they aren't able to justify keeping non-violent (this is debatable) sex offenders in prison for much more time. Perhaps this is a wake-up call for us to evaluate the illness in our justice system. Why are sex offenders given so much leniency? Do we as a society truly not care about their crimes? Estimates on the recidivism rate of sex offenders are relatively low, but those numbers are only based on offenders who are caught a second time. We have no way of knowing the true numbers because so many cases of assault and abuse go unreported.
Until parole boards start taking sexual crimes like Mallory’s seriously, men like him are never going to stop. Would a mother on the board with young children be comfortable with Mallory living next door to her? I highly doubt it. What’s the point of sentencing a man like Mallory to life in prison if he will be up for parole in just six short years?
To men like Mallory and their sick, twisted minds, their crimes are probably worth the minimal punishment they receive. The truth is men like Mallory don’t deserve second chances. Our children deserve justice and let’s face it, all of our children are safer with men like Mallory locked up for good, with the key nowhere in sight.