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Former Prosecutor Outraged Ex-coach Will Be Released Early

Last updated on Friday, March 30, 2012

(INDIANAPOLIS) - A former Marion County prosecutor is outraged at the possible early release of a convicted child molester.

Scott Newman, now a law professor at Indiana University, said changes to the state's corrections law allows many offenders to reduce their sentence by earning a college degree.

Chris Wheat was sentenced to eight years in 2010 for having a sexual relationship with a then 14-year-old girl. Under the law he'll be released in May after earning an associate's and a second bachelor's while incarcerated.
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"People didn't realize that over time these were being added to our laws to the point that a guy who had eight years to serve gets out in about a year and a half.

"I think there are a few exceptions for murderers alone, but almost every violent offense you can think of is eligible for these time cuts," said Newman.

Newman said the best way to overturn laws like this is to contact your state legislator.

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