While kissing babies is the stereotype of a politician, Democratic Senate candidate Thomas K. Owens is accused of a far more felonious interest after a charge of the solicitation of a minor. Police say that when asked about the solicitation of a 7-year-old girl, he said “I have a problem with that.” He was not considered a serious candidate for the primary.
The girl told her family and police that Owens, 36, hugged the girl, unzipped his pants, and asked her to perform a sex act.
Owens was sent to Lakeshore Mental Health Institute which concluded that “Mr. Owens was experiencing a severe mental disease or defect at the time of his alleged crimes. However … Mr. Owens’ severe mental disease or defect did not impair his ability to appreciate the nature or wrongfulness of the alleged behavior.” That is not good politically or legally.