Ernest Edgar Thomas Jr. has been convicted of rape and 10 other related counts. He was sentenced to 50–100 years, 50 of which he must serve under Pennsylvania's second strike law.
William George Barney was charged with three counts of lewdness with a minor. He was accused of molesting six children, including one three times a day for six years. After pleading guilty, he was sentenced to 18 years in jail, but could be released after just six.
With such a big difference in sentencing practices across the country, Oprah says it is time for America to speak up."I think we have done some great work, but I really do believe the laws need to change," Oprah says. "I think there needs to be a national law where the entire nation says, 'This is the way we feel about people who abuse children,' so I'm going to work on [changing that over] the next five years."
"We all need to say once and for all that enough is enough," she says. "I'm going to be calling on those of you who were sexually abused as children, if your own child has ever been molested or if you are just sick and tired of pedophiles being able to roam the streets, I'm going to be calling on you to help me as we do something about this travesty in our country."