A judge vilified as soft on crime by bloggers, TV commentators and politicians for giving a child molester just 60 days in jail increased the sentence Thursday to three to 10 years behind bars.
Vermont District Judge Edward Cashman said he decided to impose the longer sentence because state officials reversed course and agreed to provide sex-offender treatment to 34-year-old Mark Hulett in prison.
When the judge imposed the original sentence Jan. 4, Hulett had been ruled ineligible for treatment until he left prison. Cashman said the lighter sentence would ensure Hulett received prompt treatment.
In his latest order, the judge remained firm in his belief that sentences must be concerned with more than just punishment.
Hulett, 34, pleaded guilty to charges that he had sexual contact with a girl during a four-year period beginning when she was 6.