Child rapist gets 30 days for violating probation terms

EVERETT, Wash. -- A judge ordered a violent child rapist back behind bars after he violated the terms of his release within a week of his release.

John Callahan spent a total of 25 years locked up in prison and at the special commitment center on McNeil Island.

But exactly a week after his release, police on March 12 arrested Callahan in Seattle's Pioneer Square. The rapist and child molester had violated the conditions of his probation by crossing county lines without permission. He had also failed to check in with his parole officer.

In court on Thursday, the judge told Callahan to change his attitude

"I think this is an ongoing problem," said Judge Richard Okrent. "I think you need to deal with the issues of following rules. I know you don't like it."

Callahan was convicted on eight counts of child rape and molestation. He was 17 at the time, and prosecutors say he tortured his victims, even sticking them with pins. One victim's grandmother said the girl never got over the trauma.

"Through the years that have gone by, I still feel the damage that it did to her," said Ardis Quick.

Callahan refused to participate in any treatment programs while behind bars.

"He's wasted all those years, and it comes (across) to us as an attitude of 'I don't have to do what they tell me to do,"' Quick said.

The judge ordered Callahan back to jail for 30 days followed by 60 days with a GPS monitor.

The victim's grandmother can't say for sure whether Callahan is still a threat. But she knows he has never said he is sorry.

"With the attitude of 'I don't have to follow the rules,' I'm not exactly sure how successful he will be," said Quick.

Callahan's 30-day sentence could be cut by a third if he earns credit for good behavior.