The Oprah Show contacted Vermont Senator Dick Sears for a statement.
"Mr. O'Reilly took one unfortunate case where one of the toughest prosecution teams in the state of Vermont was unable, for a variety of reasons, to get what most of us would consider a just sentence.
"The real danger in this type of reporting is that it provides a false sense of security in states with perceived tougher sentencing.
"Last year, Vermont passed some significant and tough changes in our laws regarding sex offenders and pedophiles. The James case was filed before those laws took effect.
"Do we have more to do? Absolutely. But to infer that Vermont does not take sex offenders seriously or that we are a haven for sex offenders is just plain wrong."