The children of Kanawha County will grow up just a little bit safer over the next 55 years thanks to Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey.
Bailey sentenced Clay Culhane Counts, 50, of Longmeadow Drive, to prison for so long that he will be 105 before he is up for parole.
Counts molested many children in his home - all under 14 and one only 10 - and filmed these crimes.
He then distributed the pornographic tapes. Police said there were 14 videotapes recorded.
In March, Counts pleaded to three counts of first-degree sexual assault, three counts of sexual abuse by a guardian, and one count of use of minors in filming sexually explicit conduct.
This week, Judge Bailey heard his excuses and then gave him a sentence of 55 to 175 years in prison.
Meanwhile, in Cabell County, the public again is dealing with Russell A. Black, 46, of Huntington, who is charged with raping and beating a mentally disabled woman in his home. He also threatened to kill her sister and her niece.
Black just left prison after serving more than 12 years for a second-degree sexual assault in 1999.
Judges must not hesitate to lock up people who prey on innocents. The public has a right to expect such protection.