By Donna Westfall – October 23, 2016 – Chris Renner pled guilty to sexually abusing a boy in his formative years. He was sentenced to serve 12 years in prison and will be a registered sex offender for life. At this point there are more questions than answers.
1.) Was his family aware of the situation while it was going on?
2.) Were other friends, family and professionals including his therapist aware of the situation?
4.) If yes, what is their duty to report?
5.) If his AA sponsor worked with him for 32 years, was he aware of the situation?
6.) Was the letter written by his daughter and published October 22, 2016 in www.crescentcitytimes.com really written by her? I only point this out because I’ve learned in this county that oftentimes during campaigns , letters were written by the candidates and signed by a supporter and then submitted to the Triplicate. If I were Chris Renner’s attorney, I would want as many letters as possible to present to the Judge asking for leniency. What bothers me about Naomi’s letter is when she refers to her dad as “Chris” and then as “dad.” Maybe it’s nothing and I’m just splitting hairs.
7.) Did Chris Renner ever approach his victim with plans for restitution like paying for therapy? In researching the subject of children being sexually molested and abused, it can take years before they are ready to deal with it. In our article “Did Sexual Assault Occur at Flying B Ranch,” published December 3, 2014 the case was closed. The alleged victim told me in the presence of two witnesses, that she wasn’t ready to go into therapy until a few years after the events.
8.) By all accounts, Renner sounds remorseful, however, was it a matter that he got caught?
Herein is Chris Renner’s letter to the Judge which is part of the public record.