I sense a little hostility towards police. Been arrested too many times? Why would you want the department to be ruined because of what he did while off-duty? You wouldn't want McDonald's to suffer because you did something stupid on your off time.
I do agree with you that he should go to jail if convicted. I'll also agree with you about the no pity part except I expand it to everybody that breaks the law. When one makes the choice to break the law, one should be ready for the potential consequences of that choice. For the chief to throw the "mistake" phrase out there is sick. It wasn't a mistake, it was an active choice to get paid female companionship and she turned out to be underage.
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