They traded my daughter for me
The punishment is the same, they claimed
Three to fifteen locked up behind bars
But now there’s no record of my daughter’s scars
How is this fair? I asked them
It’s easier this way, they told me.
But then he’s only held accountable for one crime
What about the other fourteen women who wish to testify?
Those who came forward after the evening news report?
And what about my fourteen year old daughter?
Why doesn’t he have to pay for what he’s done to any of them?
The punishment is the same, they explained
Three to fifteen locked up behind bars.
But why am I the one listed on those court papers on the table?
Why am I the one he’s pleading guilty to?
My daughter is the one who should be listed, not me
Look, they explained, he doesn’t want locked up as a child molester
He refuses to plead guilty to charges that make him look like a monster.
Why does it matter what he wants?!? I demanded
Because the punishment is the same, they patiently explained,
And a plea agreement avoids a jury trial,
This is easier for you and your daughter.
But that was back in 2008.
The chiropractor spent 4 ½ years behind bars.
Upon his release, he was deported to Mexico,
Returned to his homeland, stripped of his doctor’s license.
And none of this will ever be any easier for me and my daughter.