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Arcata child molester gets 20+ years

[Press release from Humboldt County District Attorney’s office]

On Wednesday, July 27, 2011, the Honorable W. Bruce Watson sentenced Wayne Thomas Bukowski, 37, of Arcata, to 20 years 8 months in prison for the continuous sexual abuse of a minor, dissuading the minor from testifying against him and committing a felony while out on bond. The sentence was the maximum allowed by law. Bukowski is also required to register as a sex offender for life.

This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Kelly Neel.

  1. July 28, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Good work guys.

  2. derchoadus
    July 29, 2011 at 7:20 am

    MMmmm. No comment by Rose about the DA? I’m sure she can find fault somewhere….

  3. July 29, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Not much controversy on this one… lock him up and throw away the key..

  4. tra
    July 29, 2011 at 7:53 am

    A few weeks ago, the prediction from the Gallegos-haters was that this child molester would only get probation.

  5. Cristina Bauss
    July 29, 2011 at 8:15 am

    It’s good that he got the maximum sentence, but it’s NOT good that the maximum sentence isn’t life. These people don’t stop, ever. Apparently, it’ll be a while before the lessons of the Jaycee Lee Dugard case actually manifest themselves in the justice system.

  6. Plain Jane
    July 29, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Yes, Cristina. What would be ideal, IMO, is for sentences to be contingent on a cure. We don’t release patients from mental hospitals who are a danger to themselves or society, why should psychopathic criminals like pedophiles and rapists be treated any differently?

  7. Cristina Bauss
    July 29, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Agreed.

  8. Anonymous
    July 29, 2011 at 9:27 am

    There is no “cure” for these people. With any luck he’ll die before the 20 years is over.

  9. July 29, 2011 at 10:02 am

    What will happen is after he serves his 20 plus 8 months minus good time, he will be determined to be psychologically incapable of not being a danger to himself or others and be committed to a mental institution for the criminally insane.

  10. Anonymous
    July 29, 2011 at 10:06 am

    No word from Rose yet? Maybe Neel is the one DDA she’s not critical of, who knows?

    I heard that in Norway the maximum sentence for any crime is 21 years. If that’s true then I guess even that mass killer can only get is 21 years!?!?

  11. Plain Jane
    July 29, 2011 at 10:10 am

    “There is no cure for these people” at this time. That is my point. Releasing them after a set period of punishment while they still suffer from their dangerous mental illness is irresponsible. Whether mentally ill people should be in standard prisons is another complex issue.

  12. Plain Jane
    July 29, 2011 at 10:11 am

    If that were true we wouldn’t have released pedophiles in virtually every neighborhood across the country, Mark.

  13. July 29, 2011 at 10:40 am

    The practice of releasing pedophiles is coming to a crashing end, it is called post prison civil confinement. California is one of the 18 states that has it. It passed in 1995. These laws have been upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States, as they mandate treatment, and are not a “punishment” therefor not double jeopardy or punishment for the same crime twice.

    http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2007/03/03/us/20070304_CIVIL_GRAPHIC.html

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/04/us/04civil.html

  14. Plain Jane
    July 29, 2011 at 10:59 am

    What they can do isn’t necessarily what they do, Mark.

  15. July 29, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Just sayin’…
    On another note:
    Jerry Brown cut the funding completely for CAMP for next year.

    http://marksailorsarcatanow.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/brown-cuts-camp-funding/

  16. Anonymous
    July 29, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I watched Jaycee Lee Dugard blanketed across national news…like all those priests, the M. Jackson case, and so many others…a crime that, apparently, is commonly remedied by monetary compensation.

    American’s obsession with sexuality must be related to our Protestant, Calvinist past because our entire economy is premised on the abuse of children. “Justified” by the national security provided by low consumer prices…while they last…

    To heal our nation from the abuses of an imperialist culture, we must stop censoring those abuses and begin dealing with it, just like the victims of sexual abuse must do.

    Otherwise, a victim of sexual abuse becomes the next abuser, just as abused nation/nations will rise to become the next empire.

    If human history is any indication.

  17. Cristina Bauss
    July 29, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I lived in Tahoe for 20 years, and was in South Lake Tahoe at the time of the Jaycee kidnapping. When she was found, I wrote about the effect of the kidnapping on the community on my (now-defunct) blog. I don’t want to ramble about it here – I literally screamed with joy when I read that she was alive – but I really hope you don’t think the victims believe “monetary compensation” is a real remedy. In Jaycee’s case, this is a person who has virtually no real-world skills, and who is going to need years of heavy-duty counseling to be able to cope with the incredible ordeal that she underwent. The compensation is justified, but it’s no exchange for a justice system that actually works. HAD it worked, she never would have been kidnapped in the first place.

  18. Cristina Bauss
    July 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    P.S.: Like you, I also have a very large bone to pick with the long-reaching effects of Puritanism in America.

  19. Plain Jane
    July 29, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    My grudge starts further back, with patriarchy itself.

  20. Peter Martin
    July 29, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Kudos to Paul Gallegos and Kelly Neel. Justice was done.

  21. Anonymous
    July 29, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Yes, it’s abhorrent and illegal…and it pales in comparison to the millions of children who have contracted cancer working the cobalt mines of the DRC for our cell phones and computers. As a result of the mines, millions more who consume the fish from the Congo River rarely live longer than 45 years.

    Oh, you’re “liberal press” didn’t tell you????

    I’m glad the creep is off the street, but having our anemic media megaphone drone on and on about priests and celebrities masturbating with youths, and their obsession with extraordinary crimes, is part of the circus the Romans used to distract the peons.

    Our era’s epic irony.

  22. Another 2 cents
    July 30, 2011 at 11:46 am

    The last anonymous’ comment is quite true – as are several others’ (Christina and PJ as usual) – but would you anonymi number yourselves or pick psuedonyms, please? It would be nice to be able to tell one of you from another – no one cares who you actually are (or I don’t anyway). Though today (so far) I think you are one person.

    I

  23. Another 2 cents
    July 30, 2011 at 11:48 am

    The last anonymous’ comment is quite true – as are several others’ (Christina and PJ as usual) – but would you anonymi number yourselves or pick psuedonyms, please? It would be nice to be able to tell one of you from another – no one cares who you actually are (or I don’t anyway). Though today (so far) I think you are one person.

  24. Another 2 cents
    July 30, 2011 at 11:50 am

    The last anonymous’ comment is quite true – as are several others’ (Christina and PJ as usual) – but would you anonymi number yourselves or pick pseudonyms, please? It would be nice to be able to tell one of you from another – no one cares who you actually are (or I don’t anyway). Though today (so far) I think you are one person.

  25. July 30, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    11:20pm has a good point. But you undermined your credibility with one statement: “….your liberal press.” The fact that you use that tired and false assertion. “Liberal Press?” Shows that you’re another brainwashed house-slave, furthering your master’s agenda. You’d have more luck finding Bigfoot than a liberal press that has any exposure. Sure, there is Common Dreams, FAIR, The Nation, and a few others. But these publications are on the fringe. We Socialist, Liberal-Progressive, Free-born Americans, are kept off the mainstream airwaves, so lovingly handed over to the Wealthy New-American-Centurions. Not only our airwaves, and data-streams; but our treasury and our natural resources, and our courts, and our water, and our freedom, and our rights and our future, and our decisions, and our reputation, and our courts….and on, and on, and on.
    Don’t be a stooge for the aristocracy. People are Revolting.

  26. Anonymous
    July 30, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Moviedad has great contributions, but you need to read 11:20 again.

    Putting “liberal press” in quotes denotes sarcasm.

    If we had a REAL liberal press, tens of millions of Americans would know the immensity of suffering taking place in the DRC for our cell phones and computers, and the other half of eligible U.S. voters might begin registering. Journalism once thrived on such ironies, especially the duplicity of condemning child abuse while completely ignoring “First-World” dependence upon it.

    Hence, the reference to ancient Rome.

  27. July 31, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    My apologies, the sarcasm wasn’t apparent to me.
    I’m pretty “Pavlovian” when it hear that BS: “Liberal Press”
    I do hereby withdraw the “Stooge” comment. Heraldo, please mark this down in your “Book of Secrets” thank you.

  28. Anonymous
    August 1, 2011 at 10:37 am

    …sad…in the ‘bad old’ Terry Farmer days he would have gotten 100+ years. Good job Paul! (PC 269 et al)

    PS: speaking from first-hand, in-Court experience yall.

  29. Hisdaughter
    August 16, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Wayne is my dad. He will be on parol once he is done with his sentence I’m glad this is finally ended. 2 years and I finally got my justice

  30. Hisdaughter
    August 16, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    If you have any questions feel free to reply. Please don’t be crude though

  31. Carl
    September 15, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Some of them do get better.
    I knew Wayne, He was a good man.
    He had a family.

  32. Haha
    October 30, 2011 at 11:59 am

    @Carl butt he raped his daughter good family man right?

  33. nothanks
    April 16, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    If only the truth had been told

  34. someone that knows the truth
    November 19, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    thank you carl, he was and still is a very good man. It’s just too bad that the public didn’t get to read what really happened to him that ended up ruining his and his loving families lives. Another innocent man behind bars with no one willing to do their job to prove it and to see that the blame was put on the wrong person.

  35. someone that knows the truth
    November 19, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Ps the one who started all of this confess to the family that what was said was nothing but a lie only to protect them self’s from something minor

  36. Nothanks
    January 26, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Person who said the so called victim admitted it are you willing to testify?

  37. notthanks
    January 26, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    “someone that knows the truth”

    I believe you! Please email me at – marieobrien55@hotmail.com

  38. Thetruth
    February 19, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Wayne Bukowski raped his 12 year old daughter until she was 16. He called her almost daily admitting to the rape, apologing saying he was sick, he had been on the wrong medication and hos head wasn’t in the right place. The victim sat with the DA and had recordings of all conversations as the DA recorded all of the phone calls and that was enough evidence to finally put him away. He admitted to what he did and begged the victim to drop the charges. He said he was sorry for the rape and promised he was a better person. He did what he did and an apology doesn’t take back the acts. If anyone wants the court report I’ve got it. He was offered a plea deal and he took he. If he was innocent he wouldn’t of admitted raping the victim on 7 different occasions on the phone and wouldn’t of taken the plea deal.

  39. daphne
    March 24, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    He’s innocent. And I know this for a fact. A little snot nose teenager gets mad cause dad sets rules and she doesnt want to follow them. Finally dad took everything away except the air that she breezes and she didn’t like that. So guess what…. she gets back at dad.. come on Rosa. . Admit that’s what you done. Grow up. Its one thing to get mad but you took it way to far…

  40. Wayneisarapest
    March 25, 2016 at 11:20 am

    If you think youre so right then how about we sit down and have a conversation face to face beside sitting behind a computer screen. You don’t know anything about the case obviously. If you did, then you would know that he admitted to the crime. Go get your facts straight. If your ones of his other daughters of course you’re not going to believe what he did, so carry on.

  41. Anonymous
    April 7, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    i know i’m right…… i’m his sister-in-law. And yes i guess you could say i am hiding behind a computer, cause i don’t have a clue who you are, i came across this page by accident and had to respond. I don’t have a problem telling it like it is and i certainly don’t have a problem with anyone knowing who i am. See unlike you… If I’m gonna comment on something, I make sure that I know all the facts. And I’m gonna state the facts, Guilty or not guilty…. And I am certainly not gonna hide behind some random name…. Like WAYNEISARAPIST… Daphne is my real name… And I’m not hard to find…. Your a pretty smart girl… You did put convince a jury that your dad raped you…. Hell finding me should be pretty easy…

  42. Noname
    April 13, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Why would a man take a plea deal and admit to the crime if he didn’t commit it? You were not in court that day. You weren’t there to even see how court went. What was said and what recordings were played where he admitted to doing what he did. I’m not going to argue with you. Also he’s divorced Daisy. Shari Farnsworth cheated on Wayne with Sam Smith, Waynes friend, and had a daughter while Wayne was in County Jail. So you’re not his sister in law anymore.

  43. Noname
    April 13, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Unless you’re not Daisy. And you’re David’s or Johns wife. You know how to contact me so message me.

  44. letthetruthbeknown
    April 13, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Thank you Daphne for what you said. It’s time the lies end and and the liar tells the truth – not so little miss Rosa won’t be happy until she ruins everyones lives and everyone is as miserable as she is! There are so many witnesses that have been told by her that she lied to get back at her dad – it’s ashame that so many of them have told the family what she said but they won’t testify because they are afraid of her retaliation as well. The truth will come out sooner or later and hopefully by then there are new laws on the books that allow these innocent men to have the false accusers sent to prison for destroying so many lives!

  45. Anonymous
    May 5, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    For one…. I am his sister in law… I dont know who Daisy is… if you know so much about the family than you would know that he has 3 brothers… one has passed away and the other two live in Tennessee. When Wayne told us about Rosa, and how her childhood had not been the best. He wanted to help, he was her father and he said he owed it to her. During the many conversations I had with Wayne discussing the situation with Rosa. I told Wayne that she was a troubled child and that nothing good was going to come of this. But it was his daughter… and he was sure he could change her ways and get her on the right path. I told him she was up to no good.. Reality is Wayne will do his time along with countless other men and women who are innocent. But mark my words…. One day Rosa’s gonna meet KARMA. Tell me one thing though… How in gods name does she lay her head down at night and go to sleep… POINT PROVEN….

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