Serial Rapist in the US Air Force gets a slap on the hand

http://m.cbsnews.com/fullstory.rbml?catid=57477281&feed_id=1&videofeed=null This horrific sexual predator who preyed upon female recruits was convicted on 28 counts of first-degree rape and other forms of sexual harrassment and misconduct, while in the position of instructor to the women he abused. And yet, even though the law provides for up to life imprisonment for these crimes, he got 20 years. Usually that sentence carries a provision for parole in 7 to 10 years, dependent upon conduct. It is well known that sexual predators have a very high rate of recidivism. The probability that someone who has made rape his lifestyle, as this slimy worm has, will rape again when he gets out of prison, is unacceptably certain. His “heartfelt pleas” to the judge and jury that he be allowed to participate in his childrens’ rearing should have been taken as incentive to lock him up for life plus 20 years. What fine values could a monster like this instill into his children. Makes me want to vomit.

Copyright 2012 Laura P. Schulman all rights reserved

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  1. Disgusting. Even if he served the full 20 years, that’s not even one single year for each rape. How can he talk about wanting to bring up his kids, they would just become rapists themselves! And his victims were other peoples’ kids, weren’t they? They had parents, too. And by doing what he did, how does he know he doesn’t have other kids he doesn’t know about? Usually in these circumstances there will be other victims who haven’t come forward and never will. I think he shoul’ve got much longer, after all, we put people in prison for 20 years for second-degree murder, which is just a moment of anger that can be regretted forever. Also, is it necessary to have distinctions like ‘first degree rape’ – isn’t all rape equal? Or maybe it refers to whether it was planned or not, like murder, which is an accepytable distinction then.

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    • You’re absolutely right. The women who came forward are probably a fraction of the number that suffered sexual trauma at the hands of their military “superior.” I’m sure this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to incidents of this kind in the military. Even in medicine I was exposed to sexual harassment and in at least one case denied advancement because I refused to submit to my boss’s demands. At least I wasn’t abducted and forcibly raped in that case, as I was when I was a young girl with no one to turn to.

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