Anferney Fontenet, 15, Will be Tried as Adult for Raping Disabled Woman on Busy Street
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 2:33 pm
The 26-year-old woman was walking to the library in Toledo. She suffers from mild autism and uses a cane because she's unstable on her feet. Which made her the perfect victim for 15-year-old Anferney Fontenet...
He threatened her with a scissors, forcing her to the sidewalk. That's where he raped her in broad daylight as cars passed by.
When we first reported this story back in January, it drew outrage from readers. Though some motorists dialed 911, no one bothered to stop. After the incident, a pedestrian even refused to allow the woman to use his cell phone to call police.But at least a judge is providing the victim with some assistance. Yesterday, Judge Connie Zemmelman ruled that Fontenet would be tried as an adult. Though a psychologist decreed that he is emotionally, physically and psychologically immature -- Memo to shrink: No shit, Sherlock -- the judge found that Fontenet was showing little remorse.
In 2008, he'd attempted to rape his cousin. The incident was never reported. And in a February interview with police, he admitted to grabbing the woman by the neck, raping her, then stealing her cell phone.
If convicted as an adult, he'll be looking at 20 years in the slam, rather than the 6 maximum he'd get in juvenile court.
Also see Anferney Fontenet, 15 Rapes Woman on Busy Toledo Street; No One Stops to Help.
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