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Sex convict/lotto winner gives back to kids

Jun1908topous_2 Fred Topous Jr. (left) is a Michigan factory worker whose Mega Millions lottery ticket matched all six numbers to win last week's $56 million jackpot. 

He's also a convicted sex offender who served prison time and was released from parole in October 2006.

Topous pleaded guilty in 1999 to a charge of assault with intent to penetrate. The victim, a 13-year-old girl, was the daughter of his boss at the time (Topous was 35 then, 45 now). She claimed she and Topous had consensual sex after drinking alcohol. (The Grand Rapids Press has more details on the case.)

Topous, who bought his winning ticket at Party World, where he's a regular customer, opted for a lump-sum payment of $34 million. He told lottery officials he would use the money to buy his family a house and send his kids to college.

"I want to enjoy a little bit of life," Topous said. "We're plain folks. We've struggled all our lives. Now I don't have to wait until Friday to get groceries or put gas in the truck."

What do you think about this -- rags-to-riches success tale or an example of a good thing happening to a bad person?

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bumboklaat

Why is he a bad person?

he committed a crime in 1999 and paid his debt to society. Since then he has turned his life around and reintegrated into society. At what point has he paid for his past wrongdoings? Should he pay for the rest of his life?

Is he a bad person because he once did something wrong?

I think we have all dione thingsthat are wrong, some more then others. Does this mean that once someone does something bad they are forever branded and never repent, or change, and reenter society? Ifso, then our whole legal system is a scam. We incarcerate people daily to pay for their crimes and release then when they have fulfilled their sentance, but are they ever really "released" if thye will always be braded as bad people?

Leave the judgement to God. When he pays his civil penalty he is done. Leave the man alone. Worry about the3 things you have done/ are doing that oyu sholdn't be doing. you are responsible for your own actions as is he, he just got caught. Have you gotten caught yet? If not, then shutup and leave the man in peace.

Jack

It doesn't matter what anybody thinks. The bottom line is he won and just like anyone else, he should get paid. Some of the biggest crooks and criminals get rich quick all the time. It's the American way.

Kill them All!!!

Is he branded for life? To answer that guy's questions... YES. Bumbo... is talking about God this and that. Great Screenname, BUMBOKLAAT to have when you're talking so holy and mentioning God. Kind of hypocritical, don't you think?

supahdan

They can't stop you now brother- you go boy!

big mike

bumboklatt don't be foolish. yes he paid his debt but he will always have a victim. understand sex offenders will always always have the urge for the very crime they're convicted of and many pleasure themselves while reminising of the attack. most won't re-offend only because of monitoring and they are aware of the more severe consiquences. i'm a corrections officer who personally interviewed several offenders prior to realease. as for his winnings, it's his money.

Rafa

I think Karma fell asleep...

Rafa

I think Karma fell asleep...

Rassclot

Kill them All and Big Mike - you all are ignorant. Kill Them All do you even know what a boombaclot is? A boombaclot is a deragatory Jamaican term for an ignoramous like you. You wanna talk about God with a screen handle of Kill Them All. What a fool. At least most idiots on here are consistently STUPID like you.

Ever lasting....ever loving JAH!!!!!

Miami

He's paid his debt to society?! Are you kidding me!!! Yeah, he went to jail, but that doesn't mean anything. That 13 year old little girl will live with the trauma for the rest of her life. I should know, I'm a victim. I was molested at the age of 9 years old. I am 31 today and am still deaing with what happened to me. That man is a sick person that does not deserve a cent from the lottery. As a sexual offender, all his rights should be taken away, including the potential to win lottery moeny.

The Anti-Jackass

In the mideast, 13 year olds who have consentual sex are probably punished in some way. 13 year old American teens who have consentual sex, are
offered "continuing" education on "safe" sex, via public tax-payer money in the public school system.

Why is that? Just because they're having sex with people in their same age range?

Too young, is still too young no matter how you look at it. Are teens too young to be encouraged to have sex with condoms, or not?

paolo

All people of Michigan are criminoles- Just like all cuban people.

bumboklaat

"bumboklatt don't be foolish. yes he paid his debt but he will always have a victim. understand sex offenders will always always have the urge for the very crime they're convicted of and many pleasure themselves while reminising of the attack. most won't re-offend only because of monitoring and they are aware of the more severe consiquences. i'm a corrections officer who personally interviewed several offenders prior to realease."

Your points have nothing to do with the statement I made, Big Mike. Go back and read what I wrote. Reading comprehension is clearly not a prerequisite for employment as a corrections officer. GG education.

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