West Australian paedophile accepts 40-year sentence
Accused paedophile camp counsellor Scott Zirus, 26, from Pinjarra, Western Australia, has surprised a Texas court by accepting a recently rejected plea bargain that will see him spend 40 years in prison. Better 40 years than life:
Zirus shares a cell in the Kerry County Jail with Alfredo Ramirez, a 27-year-old from Kerrville, who fought allegations of sexually assaulting 13 and 14-year-old girls, but lost the case and on Thursday was sentenced to 119 years' jail.
"I think that changed Mr Zirus' mind," [Kerr County investigator Todd] Burdick said of the Ramirez verdict.
Zirus will be eligible for parole in 20 years but won't go free; he will deported to Western Australia where he will face further child abuse charges – provided he manages to survive incarceration with Texas inmates who will snuff him if given the opportunity. This looks to be one kiddy-fiddler who will never again be anywhere near a child