Peter Hong Talks To The Child Molester On His Street

molester.jpgLAT reporter Peter Hong writes today about the child molester on his block, a guy named Michael Miletti, who coninuously molested his 6-year-old daughter 13 years ago. The guy did time, got out, got married and moved to Hong’s Altadena neighborhood, a neighborhood filled with young kids — like Hong’s 7-year-old daughter.

The piece is thoughtful and thought-provoking, and not what you’d expect. Hong raises interesting points about tolerance, politics and community. Hong tells FBLA that editors had heard of the controversy and debated the journalistic question of how best to handle it. Another reporter lives on Miletti’s street; her proximity ruled her out from writing it. But in the end, Hong tells us, the eds decided the way to handle it was for Hong to write it as a first person. Looks like it was a good choice.