Posted July 24, 2008 – It was a full year ago that Aaron Mohanlal, a south Florida middle school teacher, was slapped with a 43-year prison sentence for forcing himself on one of the boys in class for nearly two years.
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The only problem is that the 41-year-old Port St. Lucie man has never served a single day for the 13 criminal counts, including child abuse, molestation and lewd battery. That’s because shortly after the Broward County jury convicted him last summer Circuit Judge Marc Gold, who sentenced Mohanlal, granted the art teacher a bond that allows him to remain free while his case is tried on appeal, which could take several years, according to CNN.
The judge ruled that Mohanlal has the right to live, work, travel and attend church in South Florida, but he also ordered the child molester to wear a GPS device, register as a sex offender and surrender his passport. Mohanlal is not allowed to contact the boy or his family, but there is nothing to keep him from contacting other children. He posted the $610,000 bond using his relatives' properties as collateral, CNN reports.
The trial exposed Mohanlal as a depraved sexual predator who forced the boy, 13 at the time, to have sex in a classroom supply closet. He even called in sick to work so he could pick the boy up and take him to his home for sex; at the end of the day, after the encounter was over, he’d drop the seventh-grader back off at school, CNN reports. Not only did he pay for the boy’s silence with cell phones and other gifts, but he threatened the boy if he ever squealed.
"I can't understand why he isn't behind bars," the unidentified victim, now 18, told CNN. "I want to move on with my life. I'm trying to graduate high school and forget about this. I try not to think about it, but it's hard because all I can think about is what if he's out there around other kids?"
The boy’s father is irate.
"The idea of that monster being that close to my family again is outrageous," the victim’s dad said. He told CNN that there are days when all he can do is drive to a nearby park, lean against a tree and weep. "What did we go through a trial for?" he asked.