US judge says teenager rape defendant from ‘correct family’ deserves leniency
An appeals court docket has criticised a judge who ruled that a 16-year-well-liked accused of rape would possibly well aloof no longer be tried in an adult court docket as he was as soon as from a “correct family” and attended an “very just correct college”.
The boy allegedly shared with company a video of him raping the girl, along with the text: “When your first time having intercourse is rape.”
The judge disputed whether or no longer the alleged attack was as soon as in actuality rape.
Prosecutors stated the boy’s alleged actions were “merciless” and “predatory”.
They stated the video confirmed the boy penetrating the girl, also 16, in a black nook of a basement correct via an alcohol-fuelled salvage collectively. She was as soon as “visibly intoxicated, physically helpless and unable to provide consent,” the prosecution stated.
The prosecutor stated the defendant’s “sophisticated and predatory” actions, in conjunction with the attack and the sharing of the video that followed, warranted the case being escalated from family to adult court docket.
Mediate James Troiano of Superior Court docket argued that the alleged attack didn’t record a “ancient case of rape”, which he described as “in overall two or extra males engaging, either at gunpoint or [with a] weapon, clearly manhandling a particular person into … an insist the attach … there was as soon as no one round, in some unspecified time in the future in an deserted dwelling, infrequently in an deserted shed, shack, and proper simply taking just correct thing about the actual person to boot to beating the actual person, threatening the actual person.”
The judge also stated the video that the boy is presupposed to have sent to his company was as soon as “correct a 16-year-well-liked baby asserting dreary crap to his company”. The defendant was as soon as “clearly a candidate for no longer correct college but potentially for a correct college”, he added.
He stated that prosecutors would possibly well aloof have made it clear to the girl that pressing costs against the boy, who was as soon as an eagle scout with correct grades, would execute his existence.
The appeals court docket has cleared the vogue for the case to transfer from family court docket to an adult court docket, the attach it can perchance must be tried by an unlimited jury. The court docket stated the reality that the juvenile “got here from a correct family and had correct take a look at scores” would possibly well aloof no longer affect whether or no longer the trial went to adult court docket.