@thefittedsheet – “Putting aside the fact that this guy raped his child’s mother, he raped a child, period. Why should a convicted sex offender and child abuser gain access to a child directly through the court system?”
Because the court system has decided that certain rights and certain responsiblities come with being a parent. Why else is the man legally directed to pay child support?
If the man clearly poses a threat to the child: then sure, out of the safety of the kid, keep the guy far away.
The father, in this case, though, has not demonstrated himself to be a danger to his own child. Irrational fear, alone, shouldn’t be enough to deprive an individual of basic and fundamental rights.