End the Silence of Child Abuse
Aaron was arrested on February 8th, 2009 for allegedly killing the man who sexually and psychologically abused him for 20 years. The abuser, Darrell McNeill, abused many children in the small community of Fort Bragg, California. McNeill was a well-known realtor, Boy Scout leader, and Big Brother. The abuse was reported to the police by victims, and by McNeill's former wife, but no investigation was done - McNeill was never even questioned. McNeill stalked and harassed Aaron up until the day he died, even asking to see and to baby-sit Aaron's child. He harassed other victims as well, including one who committed suicide in 2006.
On June 15, 2010, Aaron was sentenced to 9 years in prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter. Aaron is a kind, caring, selfless person, and loving father. His community, as well as the McNeill family, support his release. Aaron was traumatized in a way which we cannot imagine. He needs help, not punishment.