John Maes, Julie Van Espen Family Attorney on Trial of the Year:

Horde one – the life sentence of murderer and serial rapist Steve Bakelmans – has been taken. The second hurdle – ensuring that sex offenders are identified, treated and prosecuted much earlier in our society – remains the mission of Julie Van Espen’s family. “It’s a terrible thought that some dangerous people are untreatable,” says her lawyer, John Maes, 53.

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