A story (Colorado police investigate, protect pedophilia author, Herald, Nov. 13) reminded me of the pedophile who came to me after leaving his first two therapists. He felt neither understood him.
A court had ordered psychological treatment for him. I knew pedophilia was considered incurable but was unwilling to accept that finality.
I saw him for more than two years and employed different techniques, including hypnotic regressions to his birth experience and early childhood, to his past lives and to his high self.
Of these, only one seemed to be of any real benefit: using hypnosis to enable his own mind to contact the mind of his victims. He had absolutely no empathy for anyone, and the love he felt for children was his own love of the pleasure he derived from fondling and controlling a child in his case, young boys.
He seemed absolutely sincere when he asked, What is bad about it? He knew that society considered him a threat but didnt understand why.
Contacting the feelings of his victims, he seemed surprised: I didnt feel that I attacked him, but obviously, he did.
Even a professional hypnotherapist had been swayed by his story. The therapist was amazed when the man told readily and in detail of his pedophilic activities.
Such a patient could sway even a polygraph. He truly feels he is innocent, that he is normal.
In this case I made a grave error in not continuing to oversee his progress. After giving him a test of several suggestive scenarios, which he passed as a normal man would, I terminated his therapy as successful but within the next few years, he relapsed.
Two things contributed to his falling back his obsessive thoughts of a young boy he had molested years before and his discovery in Grand Junction of a group of men who selected and then groomed young boys to become their sex toys.
In the case reported in the Herald, the subject seems to fit this same pattern, feeling sincerely that he is harmless, that society is harassing him without justification.
Louise Ireland-Frey, M.D., Durango