A stiffer sentence

Judges are frequently — and justifiably — taken to task when they impose lenient sentences on criminals whose actions would seem to warrant something more serious.

Kitsap County Municipal Court Judge Jay Roof, however, deserves praise for this week sentencing Robbin Leeroy Harper, a South Kitsap pastor accused of molesting numerous young, female members of his congregation, to three more years than prosecutors had sought.

Harper’s crimes were despicable and we congratulate Roof for throwing an even bigger book at him than he might have thought he’d bargained for.

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