What would you do if you had a chance to avenge someone who molested you? If you were looking them eye to eye after years of living as a victim, would you walk away? Or would you avenge the crime that happened to you and possibly many others.
Aaron Vargas, 32, claims that his Boy Scout leader Darrell McNeill started molesting him when he was 11-years-old and that he and what happened emotionally tormented him as an adult. So on the night of February 8, 2009 Aaron Vargas drove to McNeill’s house and shot him right in front of his wife.
Vargas has now pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter with the use of a gun and now waits to see what sentence he will receive for the crime; it could be anywhere from 10 years down to probation. He was to stand trial for first-degree murder next week. Vargas’ sentence decision will come on April 20.
Who is Darrell McNeill?
Darrell McNeill was a family friend of the Vargas family and was former Boy Scout leader and local businessman in Fort Bragg. However, other men in the community support Vargas’ actions and say that McNeill used his position as Boy Scout leader to take the boys on hikes and camping trips, give them alcohol and drugs, and molest them.
Vargas’ family has been diligent about raising awareness of child sexual abuse since Aaron Vargas’ arrest.
Mendocino County Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Norman said that four people have lodged reports against McNeill for sexual abuse and that was enough to strike a plea deal for Vargas.
McNeill’s wife said that although she could not condone what Arron Vargas did, she did understand it and thinks he should serve some time for his crime, but not much. She said she had no reason to doubt Aaron’s claim of abuse.
Todd Rowan, another molestation victim, claims McNeill molested him when he was 15 and continued until he was 19. He said McNeill would give him pot and beer and take advantage of the fact that he was a loner kid with few friends. He said that what McNeill did to him drove him to drugs and repeated suicide attempts.
So what do you think? Should he walk or serve for the crime? Here is a website if you want to support Aaron www.saveaaron.com. If you don’t, I guess you will have to wait for the sentencing.