Melissa Huckaby Pleads Guilty to Murdering Eight Year-Old Sandra Cantu But Sexual Abuse is Swept Under the Rug

Former Sunday school teacher, Melissa Huckaby, age twenty-nine, has pleaded guilty to the brutal murder of eight year-old Sandra Cantu but the deal includes dropping all charges of rape and lewd or lascivious acts on a child.

Photo: Judge moves up Huckaby hearing to Monday

(The demon on the left and the innocent angel on the right)

Sandra Cantu was kidnapped in March 2009 and her body was discovered stuffed inside a suitcase in a drainage ditch not long after she went missing. Huckaby was arrested a few days later and charged with kidnapping, raping, and murdering Sandra, who was a friend and playmate of Melissa Huckaby’s daughter. They all lived in the same mobile home park.

I am pretty angry about this plea deal because, once again, a woman having sexually abused a child is being ignored, denied, forgotten –minimized! The act of rape with a foreign object on an innocent child is something that should be prosecuted and spoken about, not shoved under the rug in a plea deal. Huckaby’s deal should have been that she won’t get the death penalty –period. She has no right to be given the benefit of no sexual assault charges. If she does get 25 years, she will most likely get out one day and her sexual assault on Sandra will be non-existent. This means she won’t have to register as a sex offender and little children will be vulnerable to her degeneracy.

Melissa Huckaby kidnapped an eight year-old girl for the purpose of sexually assaulting her. She did not abduct Sandra to murder her, she took the child in order to sexually violate her. The murder was incidental.

If Huckaby had not struck a deal, she would be facing the death penalty. But now, because of this ridiculous deal, she is eligible for as little as 25 years in prison. She might get life without the possibility of parole, but will she? Or will the judge be lenient just because she is a woman? It could happen because -in my mind-she has already gotten away with the sexual abuse of a child merely because she is a woman. If a man had snatched Sandra Cantu, raped and murdered her, and if he had stuffed her body in a suitcase, he would no doubt be facing a trial by jury and the death penalty.

Sandra’s entire story needs to be told. She was the victim of child sexual abuse, including rape, perpetrated by a woman. People need to hear that. Everyone should know about the acts of sex on a child by a woman. But people don’t like to talk about that do they? People don’t want to think about it or hear about it. So prosecutors make deals that cover up the ugly truth, and because of this shoddy deal, Sandra Cantu is being minimized as a human being.

Huckaby is due back in court on June 14, 2010 for sentencing. The judge in this case had better sentence her to life in prison without parole because anything less would be another stab in the back to Sandra Cantu, an innocent child, who was brutally attacked and her lifeless body stuffed inside a suitcase as if she were an old sock.

If you are as outraged about this plea deal as I am, and want Melissa Huckaby kept away from children, please write the judge in the case and ask that she sentence Melissa Huckaby to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Please keep your letters polite and professional. Please write soon because sentencing is scheduled for June 14th.  To write to the judge:

JUDGE LINDA LOFTHUS
C/O
San Joaquin County Superior Court
222. East Weber Avenue, Room 303
Stockton, CA 95202

Source: Sandra Cantu breaking news: Melissa Huckaby pleads guilty to murdering California girl.

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7 Responses to Melissa Huckaby Pleads Guilty to Murdering Eight Year-Old Sandra Cantu But Sexual Abuse is Swept Under the Rug

  1. deb says:

    Thanks for the address, i will be sending my letter today.

  2. deb says:

    I will !! If you get it before me please post the info.. I’m outraged !! I understand about the family…but if they could help another child from going through this…i can’t imagine them not doing so. Yes it hurts…but if you can save just one child from this devil and she is…i think i would do it.

    • aletheamarinanova says:

      Got it:

      JUDGE LINDA LOFTHUS
      C/O
      San Joaquin County Superior Court
      222. East Weber Avenue, Room 303
      Stockton, CA 95202

  3. deb says:

    I second that !!! Makes me physically sick !! I will write the judge also , i still can’t believe this. I can’t believe her family would agree with this, unless they have been assured she will get life in prison, or does the family have a choice ? It’s so unfair to Sandra !!

    • aletheamarinanova says:

      Hi Deb. I have a feeling that her family was so mortified by the sexual assault that they did not want to go through a trial and hear the ugly details of the pain and trauma inflicted on Sandra’s body.

      Many times, the family does not want to hear about, or share with the world, what their child went through at the hands of a sexual molester/rapist. On one hand I can sympathize with this, but on the other, it shields perpetrators every time their crimes are covered up. And if she does get out one day, it opens up the possibility that she will re-offend.

      If you get the judge’s name and mailing address sooner than I can get a chance to find it, please post. Thanks!!

  4. deb says:

    I totally agree with you. I was appaled by this plea deal. There is no reason why she should even be offered a plea in my book…take her to trial and convict her for the child rapist that she is !!! I just couldn’t believe what i was hearing.. Great post.

    • aletheamarinanova says:

      Thanks Deb. I am thinking of writing the judge in this case to make sure she gets life in prison.

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