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A Fair Sentence for John Caminiti?


On August 4, 2011, John Caminiti, who pled guilty to child abuse, was finally sentenced, according to Madison.com.

If you are not familiar with John Caminiti, let me bring you up to speed.

John is 45 years old, a father of six children, all of which are homeschooled. He was charged with four counts of mental harm to a child and four counts of intentional child abuse. The charges of mental harm have to do with his teenage son, whom he “shunned,” by confining him to his bedroom for four weeks because the boy had “feelings,” which he was not allowed to have, according to his father. John plead guilty to causing mental harm to him and also plead guilty to two counts of child abuse, specifically using dowels on two of his children when they were disobedient.

That’s just what he was charged for. He also shunned his wife, Carolyn, for “lack of blamelessness,” one time for a month’s time for reasons such as “disagreeing and having no success with the homeschooling, and their lack of obedience.” She was then isolated from the family. His wife and kids seem to have major issues because of the weird theological emphasis of being “blameless,” basically, perfect. There seems to be no room for error if you’re in Phil Caminit’s world (Phil Caminiti is John’s brother and “pastor”). Phil Caminiti is also overly involved in John’s family life, playing a major part in the shunning of John’s wife.

I don’t know about you, but I’d sure love to see a guy like this put away for as long as possible.

Unfortunately, John Caminiti was sentenced to only one year in prison, and “seven years of extended supervision for causing mental abuse.” He was also sentenced to concurrent eight-year terms of probation for hitting his children.

I don’t get that, esp. when I read that:

“Dane County Circuit Judge Sarah O’Brien said John Caminiti, 45, doesn’t comprehend “the depth of his abuse” of his children, despite apologies to the children and promises never to hit them again.”

Also, according to the article,

“O’Brien said the services that the family is receiving are not enough to convince her that Caminiti will change if he is allowed to remain with his family.

Additionally,

“The service the family is getting is like putting a Band-Aid on a cancer,” O’Brien said. “It’s not sufficient to undo what he’s done to these children.”

Caminiti will have no contact with his children while in prison and limited contact with them while on probation.

I hope, for the family’s sake, the services they end up receiving brings them out of this high-control environment.

What is your reaction to the length of John Caminiti’s sentence? Do you think it is sufficient?

** Update: Thanks to a helpful reader, I have more information on John Caminiti’s restrictions. Our fellow reader shares:

“Keep in mind that while a year does not seem like much, they also placed on him a long laundry list of restrictions. He cannot move his case, his family, or himself to a state that is more lenient on such matters. He is forbidden from having contact with others being charged, his niece (who home schooled his children), or anyone who endorses his abusive beliefs. He must undergo a psych. evaluation, and cannot move back home until the state is satisfied he knows how to be a good father and can demonstrate it…..He’s cooked. BTW, his “church” has now shunned him and his family, under the direction of Phil.”

For more information, click here.

Thanks to FreeAtLastSince2002 for the info and the link!

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Black Earth man gets year in prison for beating, emotionally abusing his children

A Black Earth father who followed the teachings of his church pastor brother by beating and emotionally abusing his own children was sentenced to a year in prison Thursday.

Dane County Circuit Judge Sarah O’Brien said John Caminiti, 45, doesn’t comprehend “the depth of his abuse” of his children, despite apologies to the children and promises never to hit them again.

Caminiti belongs to the Aleitheia Bible Church in Black Earth, which is led by his brother, Phil Caminiti, 54. Eight people associated with the church have been charged with child abuse for their use of corporal punishment advocated by Phil Caminiti in his role as the church’s leader.

John Caminiti received a year in prison and seven years of extended supervision for causing mental abuse. Caminiti was accused of “shunn8ing” a teenage son, confining him to his bedroom for a month for having feelings that the boy described as pressure and fear.

By not being in control of his emotions, Caminiti told authorities, the boy was being selfish, and selfishness is a sin.

O’Brien also sentenced Caminiti to concurrent eight-year terms of probation for striking two of his other children with wooden dowels for being disobedient or “grumpy.”

Caminiti will not be allowed to have contact with his children while in prison, and while on probation his contact with them will be restricted, O’Brien said.

His lawyer, Daniel Stein, argued that taking Caminiti out of his children’s lives would be devastating to them. But Dr. Anna Salter, a clinical psychologist and child abuse expert, testified that she believes Caminiti would continue controlling them and hindering their emotional development if not separated from them.

In court, Caminiti said he was thankful that authorities, including Dane County Human Services, have become involved in teaching him how to become a better father.

But O’Brien said the services that the family is receiving are not enough to convince her that Caminiti will change if he is allowed to remain with his family.

“The service the family is getting is like putting a Band-Aid on a cancer,” O’Brien said. “It’s not sufficient to undo what he’s done to these children.”

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4 thoughts on “A Fair Sentence for John Caminiti?

  1. Keep in mind that while a year does not seem like much, they also placed on him a long laundry list of restrictions. He cannot move his case, his family, or himself to a state that is more lenient on such matters. He is forbidden from having contact with others being charged, his niece (who home schooled his children), or anyone who endorses his abusive beliefs. He must undergo a psych. evaluation, and cannot move back home until the state is satisfied he knows how to be a good father and can demonstrate it.
    For the full details, google CCAP and go to WI Circuit Court link. Do a simple search for John Caminiti, and click on case history. He’s cooked. BTW, his “church” has now shunned him and his family, under the direction of Phil.

    Posted by FreeAtLastSince2002 | August 14, 2011, 2:24 am
  2. I’m glad he is getting a sych evaluation! I think he was definitely pulled into this by his bully sycho brother! John knows better than to act like this! He was not raised like this at all and attended a christian college that did not even remotely teach anything like this. He was brainwashed! But… he did the crime, so he has to do the time! I agree and hope he never goes back to his family unless he can fully recover and be able to think straight again! I also hope Carolyn is getting some help as well cause she was brain washed as well! I feel bad for this poor family, but agree with the sentence!

    Posted by Ruth Adams | April 20, 2013, 5:59 pm

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