Thursday, April 16, 2015

how to avoid the registry: be a deputy sheriff?

I don't know what to say about this story.

Assuming the reporter has the facts, a sheriff's deputy coerced a young woman into performing oral sex on him, he tampered with the evidence in the case, he plead no contest, and was sentenced to six months in jail. No felony.

And get this: he avoids the sex offender registry.

This guy took advantage of a young woman; he was a predator in the most definite sense of the word and yet he will not be labeled a predator on the registry. He won't be on the registry at all.

I am happy for his family that they will not have to deal with the registry. Truly. Remember, I want the registry abolished because no one deserves that kind of public humiliation.
Cooper had been a deputy for about five years and was a corrections officer before that.
A corrections officer? That makes me think about how vulnerable the prison population is if there were a predator on staff.
The last police officer accused of forcing a woman to perform oral sex did not receive jail time. Former Omaha Police Officer Scott Antoniak — convicted of first-degree sexual assault on an Omaha prostitute — served five years of probation under a sentence handed down in April 2007 by Judge Joseph Troia. 
The last? Is this behavior so common that there is a list of officers who have exhibited this predatory behavior?
Kleine said Cooper is expected to be stripped of his law enforcement certification.
One would hope.

We see it again and again: Power corrupts.

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