Douglas County, Kansas
A Douglas County District Judge sentenced 23-year old Albert N. Wilson to over 12-years (147 months) in prison after Wilson was convicted of rape. The judge followed up the sentence with a lifetime of supervised release, and ordered Wilson to register as a sex offender after his release.
The Lawrence Journal World (LJWorld.com) reported, the 12-years in prison was the low end of the sentencing guidelines for the charge, and also taking into consideration that Wilson, who was a student at the University Of Kansas at the time, had no prior criminal record. Wilson’s court appointed attorney, Forrest Lowry, asked that the judge depart from the sentencing guidelines and grant Wilson probation or a prison sentence substantially lower than the 12-years the judge suggested. The judge denied the request. Wilson was convicted by a jury on a charge of rape by force or fear on January 10th. Here are the circumstances jurors used to come up with their decision, and the judge used as justification not to depart from sentencing guidelines:
Back in 2010, Wilson, then 20-years old, and the victim, then 17-years old, were inside a bar drinking. Wilson used a friends’ ID to sneak into the bar. The victim was not carded at all and allowed to enter the premises and drink. The two met while in line waiting to enter the “Boom Boom Room”, a crowded dance floor in the basement of the bar. The victim stated that she’d been drinking beforehand. She said Wilson began lifting her skirt while the two danced on the dancefloor. At some point, the victim and Wilson left the bar together and headed back to his house a few blocks away. The victim stated that when they got to the house, Wilson attempted to have sex with her, at which point she told him “No, I’m too drunk, I can’t do this.”. It was then, the victim testified, that Wilson held her down and raped her. The victim says afterward she went back to the bar. The next day she went to the hospital with her cousin for a sexual assault examination. Wilson testified that he thought the witness wanted to have sex with him. Wilson testified that the two never ended up having sexual intercourse. They only engaged in “sexual acts”. The victim testified that Wilson had intercourse with her. DNA evidence supported Wilson’s claims of no sexual intercourse. The state argued that photos from the sexual assault exam at the hospital the next day corroborated the victim’s claims that Wilson held down and bruised her legs while raping her.
At sentencing, the judge said Wilson had “robbed the victim of the person she would go on to become.” And added that “What he did to her violated and changed her.” The judge also called Wilson’s behavior “predatory.”
Leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania are being accused of covering up child sexual abuse by more than 300 priest over a period of 70 years.
The New York Times (@NYTimes) reports, the church persuaded victims not to report the abuse. The church also persuaded police not to investigate the accusations.
The startling accusations are part of a report by a grand jury that was made public on Tuesday. The report covers 6 of the 8 Catholic Dioceses in the state. The report found more than 1000 identifiable victims of abuse at the hands of the church.
One of the charges in the report allege that a priest raped a young girl in the hospital as she recovered after having her tonsils removed. Another claim speaks of a priest who was allowed to remain in the ministry after it was discovered he impregnated a 17-year old girl, forged a signature on a marriage certificate, then divorced her.
“Priest were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades.” The Grand Jury wrote in the report.
The Grand Jury’s report says church officials were so expectant of claims of the raping of children, that they devised a playbook for when the accusations would inevitably arise: 1) minimize the abuse by using words like “inappropriate contact” instead of “rape.” 2) Assign priests who were untrained in sex abuse cases to investigate the claims made. And 3), if it came down to having to remove an accused priest….don’t inform the community or public of the true reason for the removal.
“They protected their institution at all costs. As the grand jury found, the church showed a complete disdain for victims.” Attorney General, Josh Shapiro said in a news conference.
Disgraced Hollywood honcho, Harvey Weinstein was arraigned on Friday morning in a New York City courtroom and charged with first and third degree rape and committing a criminal sexual act in the first degree. His arrest and charges comes seven months after multiple women first came forward with allegations against Weinstein.
Media mogul Harvey Weinstein is seen leaving the NYPD 1st Precinct after surrendering himself in New York, NY on May 25, 2018. (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones)(Sipa via AP Images)
CNN (@cnn) reports, the charges filed this morning stem from two separate incidents involving two separate women. One happened in 2004, the other in 2013, the Manhattan District Attorney said in a statement. Weinstein attorney Benjamin Braffman disagreed with the District Attorney’s assessment.
“Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behavior with anyone. Nothing about today’s proceedings changes Mr. Weinstein’s position. He has entered a plea of not guilty and fully expects to be exonerated.” Braffman said in a statement after the arraignment.
As part of the agreement between Weinstein attorney, Braffman and the District Attorney, Weinstein’s bond was set at $10 million. He’ll also be required to wear a GPS monitoring system and is only allowed to travel within New York state or Connecticut. Weinstein was also ordered to surrender his passport.
72-year old, Joseph James Deangelo, an ex-police officer, has been arrested in Sacramento in a decades-long search for the “Golden State Killer” who terrorized California communities in the 1970’s and 80’s with a series of murders and rapes, according to reports.
USA Today (@USAToday) reports, The elusive, masked killer, also known as The East Area Rapist, and The Original Night Stalker, is believed to have killed 12 people, raped 45 people, and ransacked more than 100 area homes.
Sacramento County jail records show that a man identified as Joseph James Deangelo, was arrested and charged early Wednesday with two counts of murder. He was arrested under a warrant from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, according to the jail’s records.
FBI and California officials last year renewed their search for a suspect in the cases and announced a $50,000 reward for an arrest and conviction.
Armed with a gun, the masked rapist would break into homes while single women or couples were sleeping. He would tie the man up and pile dishes on his back, then rape the woman while threatening to kill them both if the dishes tumbled.