It would take a lot to make me feel sorry for a pedophile, but this article from the New Yorker comes close. It's centered around a man who was convicted of owning child pornography, and who did attempt to meet a young girl. He didn't suggest sexual contact -- but he's legally held in jail past the end of his term because some people think that, given the opportunity, he might. No proof, just suspicion. That seems wrong to me. We let murderers out of jail, but not people like this?
And then I think And if he had contacted YOUR daughtet? Or the kids of our friends, our neighbors?