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Should the Rev. Dennis Schmitz, the former Douglas County priest who pleaded guilty to taking indecent liberties with a child, receive jail time or treatment?

Asked at Hastings Books Music & Video, 1900 W. 23rd St. on November 3, 2002

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“I think he should get treatment. He obviously needs it, and it’s not going to him any good to get jail time. We have too many people in jail.”

“I’d say keep him in jail. I don’t think he’s too crazy if he’s a priest.”

“Jail time. I don’t think people like that can be treated.”

“I have mixed emotions on it. Anyone who is a molester should go to prison, but he needs to be helped, too. I hate to see it happen to a priest.”


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