Judge Lets Cop Off, Lectures Woman

Judge Lets Cop Off, Lectures Woman September 10, 2012

Here’s a troubling story. A police officer uses his badge to get in to a bar free, then gropes a woman, putting his hand up her skirt and grabbing her genitals. Bouncers threw him out, a jury convicted him of sexual assault and the police department, in a very rare move, actually fired him after an internal investigation supported the criminal conviction. So the judge, naturally, tells the woman she should never have put herself in that position by going to a bar.

Bad things can happen in bars, Hatch told the victim, adding that other people might be more intoxicated than she was.

“If you wouldn’t have been there that night, none of this would have happened to you,” Hatch said.

Hatch told the victim and the defendant that no one would be happy with the sentence she gave, but that finding an appropriate sentence was her duty.

“I hope you look at what you’ve been through and try to take something positive out of it,” Hatch said to the victim in court. “You learned a lesson about friendship and you learned a lesson about vulnerability.”

Hatch said that the victim was not to blame in the case, but that all women must be vigilant against becoming victims.

“When you blame others, you give up your power to change,” Hatch said that her mother used to say.

No, no, a thousand times no. I can’t imagine I should even have to spell out the reason why. And the cop? He got probation instead of jail time.

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