My father-in-law read my posts on the pedophile and posted a heated note on my Facebook page:
“OK, YOU put this out there and say YOU have concern and wish to warn people he is on facebook. YET appear to be FEARFUL of naming this person for those of us who don’t know of whom you speak. If he is what you say then naming him will do no harm. Homeless, jobless? Where is he gaining computer access? The library? Where countless children gather?”
I’ll freely admit it: A lot of times, my father-in-law is right. And yes, the guy has been getting Internet access from the library.
This guy was thrice convicted of sexually abusing a minor. His record is on the Internet for all to see. I guess I kept his name out at first because, believing as I do that NOBODY is beyond redemption, I wanted to give him a chance to get on with his life.
That was my mood when I wrote The Pedophile, Part 1.
Then I saw him friending scores of teenage girls from remote parts of the globe on Facebook and my heart and mood hardened. So I wrote this follow-up.
I’ll leave you to click those links if you want to know my full feelings about this fellow. It’s complicated, because we grew up together in the Point of Pines, Revere, Mass. I also believe his parents did a shitty job. I saw up close how they constantly put him down.
But we all have hard times in life, and the choice of which direction to take is ultimately up to us. He chose poorly. I don’t consider myself better than him. I could have easily made choices that would have landed me in jail. I was lucky and probably had a lot more love and support along the way. He did what he did, and the bottom line is that he is a danger to society. He doesn’t want to be. He’s told me as much. But he is, and so people need to be warned.
His name is Mark Hedgecock. He grew up on Bateman Avenue. He attended the Roosevelt School for grades K-6, Paul Revere for 7 and 8 and he went to the Voke in Wakefield for high school. We we both in the drafting shop and graduated in 1989.
Here’s the rap sheet. My best advice is to pray for him, because it’s never too late to turn it around. But if you see him on Facebook, steer clear. I forgive him for what he did, but when you do the crime you gotta do the time — in jail or out.
Address:00 HOMELESS/DOWNTOWN BOSTON CHARLESTOWN MA 02116 Race:White Sex:Male Height:5’08” Weight:170 lbs. Eyes:Brown Hair:Brown Age/DOB:39