Wednesday December 10, 2003
Claims to fame: Former Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives; pedophile; child molester; incest perp; statutory rapist
Moral apex: Molesting his stepdaughter and a friend of hers for some eight years from the time the girls were nine years old â€” beating out another incident that was in itself enough to land Aldarondo in the Conservative Babylon Hall of Shame: he also molested a 17-year-old girl (another friend of his daughterâ€™s, also 17 at the time) who visited his home in 2002.
For the latter attack, he was charged with rape, corrupting a minor and supplying drugs and alcohol to a minor.
End result: In 2004, while already in prison on a corruption charge (heâ€™d been indicted in 2001 on charges of influence peddling), he plea-bargained the rape charge down to attempted rape, pled guilty â€” sort of â€” was convicted on two counts of boozing up the kids, and was sentenced to a total of 13 yearsâ€¦ ten of which wonâ€™t begin until after he finishes his current six-year sentence for corruption.
How do you â€œsort ofâ€ plead guilty? He didnâ€™t want to say the word â€œguilty,â€ so when entering his plea, he said:
â€œWe are accepting an agreement reached by my lawyer and the prosecutor in this case.â€
The judge wasnâ€™t wild about that, replying: â€œI want to hear you say you are guilty.â€
To which Misla Aldarondo stated, reluctantly, â€œIn that case, weâ€™re guilty.â€
â€œWhat is this kid thinking?â€ moment: According to AP, â€œMisla Aldarondoâ€™s son, Yamil Misla, said his father pleaded guilty because he asked him to. The younger Misla said he hoped the guilty plead would allow his father to be reunited with his family sooner.â€
We think the last thing anybody should want is for Misla Aldarondo to be reunited with his family.
Edison Misla Aldarondo: is a Puerto Rican politician who served as the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speaker_%28politics%29" title="Speaker (politics)">Speaker of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Rican_House_of_Representatives" title="Puerto Rican House of Representatives">Puerto Rican House of Representatives from 1997 to 2000. He was a founder of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico (NPP). He also served as Representative from the 4th District (San Juan) from 1977 to 2002, and as Chairman of the San Juan NPP Municipal Committee from 1998 to 1999. In 2002, he was convicted for several corruption charges in a Federal trial and sexual abuse to a minor (his stepdaughter) charges, in a State trial.