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01/29/2008 01:07 PM ID: 68055 Permalink   

Insanity Plea for Man Accused of Animal Sex, Molesting a Boy


Ohio: 56-year-old North Ridgeville resident Jonel Berlovan has had a not guilty plea by reason of insanity entered for him by his attorney in a case involving charges of cruelty to companion animals and gross sexual imposition.

The boy in the case is roughly six years old and was molested from 2004 until last October. He had sex with his rottweilers and sheep going back 13 years. Knowing this, his attorney will have mental health experts evaluate him.

Authorities say that when Berlovan was confronted by them, he admitted to the charges.

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  He's not insane!  
He knows right and wrong...he's just a fu**ed up person who likes to diddle kids and animals. I really hope that this guy pays for what he's done. I hate the insanity plea because some people don't get justice.
  by: aingerso   01/29/2008 01:41 PM     
How don't they know the boy's age? Either he is 6, or he isn't. Surely if they know who this boy is, they should know how old he is?

All seems a bit odd.

Regardless though, the guy has been molesting animals and children, he's sick and perverted, but that doesn't necessarily mean he's insane!
  by: TabbyCool     01/29/2008 05:42 PM     
Insofar as diddling kids and animals is insane, I'd say he *is* insane.
  by: l´anglais     01/29/2008 08:32 PM     
  @ TabbyCool  
Isn't there some law about disclosing information about minors in lawsuits? I'm guessing it's to protect the child's identity.
  by: wolfer   01/30/2008 12:02 AM     
  Insanity not easy way out  
Commonly people think pleading insanity out of a crime is the easy way out. It really is not.

When someone is found guilty of a crime, the judge issues the length of sentence for someone to spend in jail or prison. When it comes to insanity plea, people are sentenced until they are deemed "safe to the public". The catch is, proving not to be a threat to public never occurs within these facilities and it is very rare that anyone actually gets released from these mental hospitals.

So while they may not be criminally charged with a crime, that won't matter because they will never leave the treatment center to benefit for not being a "criminal".
  by: Stealthth   01/30/2008 12:11 AM     
  To follow up on my previous thoughts  
Take comfort in knowing that these sick individuals who plea insanity will never walk the streets again.
  by: Stealthth   01/30/2008 12:12 AM     
Very good point. I'd just like to add that, personally, I would hope society begins to understand that sane people don't do things like this. It flies in the face of what sanity means:

Sane: 1. free from mental derangement; having a sound, healthy mind: a sane person.
2. having or showing reason, sound judgment, or good sense: sane advice.
3. sound; healthy.
  by: l´anglais     01/30/2008 06:16 PM     
The boy's age isn't exactly confidential information, it's not like they need to say who he is or anything. Just seems a little bit weird to say he's "approximately 6 years old" rather than just saying how old he is.
  by: TabbyCool     01/30/2008 06:17 PM     
  It will be interesting to see...  
if he will serve any time at all, this guy should be kept away from any children animals or people, so just what can anyone do with this person? Would anyone want this creature next door? Sick!
  by: captainJane     01/30/2008 08:03 PM     
  Not quite correct...  
I have to disagree with the comment that this individual will never walk the streets again. Even if he is considered "insane" and sent to a mental institution, there is a very good chance that he will someday be released. A recent study showed that in Ohio, many of those found NGRI (Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity) were released in a shorter time than those found guilty. Isn't it wonderful to be living in such an enlightened state? Sarcasm.
  by: tweaver2   01/31/2008 02:26 PM     
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