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Rogue Prosecutor Steve Descano Cuts Sweetheart Deal With Child Molester


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This commentary is part of a series on the rogue prosecutors around the country who have been backed by liberal billionaires such as George Soros and Cari Tuna and the threat those prosecutors pose to victims and others alike. Previous entries in the series have focused on prosecutors in BaltimorePhiladelphiaChicago, Boston, St. Louis, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Do voters in Fairfax County, Virginia, really want their rogue prosecutor, Steve Descano, cutting sweetheart deals with child molesters?

If not, that’s too bad, because that’s exactly what he’s doing.

And it’s not the first time he’s advocated for soft-on-crime plea deals over the vociferous objections of the victims and their families.


In this latest instance, he cut a lenient deal with one defendant who the judge overseeing the case called the “worst kind of predator.” After all, the man molested a “young relative when she was between the ages of 5 and 10,” including “a yearslong stretch when the abuse occurred at least weekly.”

Just how bad was the deal? The judge told the victim, “Make no mistake … [y]our government has failed you.” More accurately, Descano failed in his duty to protect the innocent and punish the guilty.

A recent Washington Post article, which chronicled these and other comments, aptly—and sadly—described the scene: “The Fairfax County judge told the girl who sat sobbing in his courtroom … that she had been victimized twice—once by the man who had sexually abused her for years and a second time by the prosecutors who handled her case.”:snip:

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