Browsing: Sex Crimes
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Critics have long complained about the relatively light sentences given to some prominent white, privileged college students found guilty of sex crimes, and Jack Warmolts, a onetime Air Force Cadet who pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and unlawful sexual contact in October 2016, is an example of the phenomenon. He’s now back on the streets after serving only eight months of a one-year term. However, university student John D. Kennedy was sentenced to a minimum of nine years for sexual assault and more in part because his victim wrote an impassioned letter asking the judge in the case not to “allow another predator to go free.” Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A federal judge has ruled that one state’s sex-offender registry violates the due process rights of three plaintiffs, thereby amounting to cruel and unusual punishment. Attorney Alison Ruttenberg, who filed the case in 2013, sees the opinion as the potential death knell for a law enforcement tool that, in her view, perpetuates factually dubious notions that fall apart when examined in an evenhanded way. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: One small county has pulled its sex-offender registry offline following a recent court ruling in which U.S. District Court Judge Richard Matsch found that such registries constituted cruel and unusual punishment in the case of three plaintiffs. The ruling is specific to the complainants in question, rather than everyone on the roster, and the state’s attorney general has announced her intention to appeal. So why make the move now? According to a representative from the sheriff’s office, a fear of lawsuits. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A teacher has slipped through the cracks of a school background check, raising concerns from former colleagues and alleged victims about “passing the trash” — letting suspected or convicted teachers go without notifying parents and leaving them free to teach around the country until allegations catch up with them. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: One year ago this month, we published a post about outrage over the light sentence given to convicted rapist Austin Wilkerson, a former college student. Turns out, though, that Wilkerson’s punishment was even more modest than originally advertised. He’s already a free man, after being released from a two-year work-release obligation twelve months early. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Rusty Barnhart has been convicted of second-degree kidnapping in a 1984 attack that had gone unsolved for decades. But neither Barnhart nor alleged co-conspirator Inocencio “Junior” Trevino, who’s currently awaiting trial, were charged with sexual assault in the case despite plentiful DNA evidence and Trevino’s alleged claim that the victim “wanted it.” Why not? Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: A major police department has launched a series of videos intended to reveal myths about sex offenders. Detective David Bourgeois, who stars in the clips, provided additional details about myths exposed in the first installment, on view here, and previews future episodes, revealing, for example, that not every registered sex offender can be found online/ “People think, ‘I did an Internet search, and there are no sex offenders living in my neighborhood,'” Bourgeois says. “But that might not be the case.” Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Sean Crumpler, who pleaded guilty in March to multiple sex-trafficking counts related to underage boys living at what’s been characterized as an orgy house, has now been sentenced to fifty years in prison. In asking for this lengthy punishment, prosecutors rejected any suggestion that Crumpler was taking part in an acceptable alternative lifestyle, and so did the judge in the case, who branded his actions “despicable.” Westword has the story.