"Idaho judge says rape is 'a direct consequence of the social media system':
"After issuing an unusual probation sentence for a man who raped a
14-year-old girl, Judge Randy J Stoker delivered a sermon on modern-day morality."
"An Idaho judge who said a man who raped a 14-year-old girl could
be released on probation if he agreed not to have sex outside of
wedlock also linked the case to a breakdown of morality in the social
media age, adding: “If I had my way, I would eliminate the internet.”
The unusual requirement that a convict remain celibate as a condition
of probation received widespread attention this week, after segments
of Judge Randy J Stoker’s ruling were made public."
"The extramarital celibacy requirement is highly unusual but has some
statutory basis in conservative Idaho, where premarital sex is still
technically a crime, although the statute banning “fornication” is rarely
if ever enforced.
Twin Falls prosecuting attorney Grant P Loebs said the sex offender’s
compliance with the no-sex rule would be tested via polygraph. “The
probation officer whose job it is to make sure you’re not a threat to the
community will ask you ... have you been doing this or this or this?” he
said. “That’s the way those conditions are checked. Not by spying on someone."
Stoker said in court that he could have sentenced Cody D Herrera to
life in prison for raping the 14-year-old girl in 2015. Instead, he sent
the 20-year-old to a treatment program run by the Idaho prison system.
If Herrera completes the program within a year, he will be placed on probation.
But if he violates the conditions of his probation, Stoker said, he will
be sentenced to as much as 15 years in prison.
In handing down his striking judgement last month, Stoker imposed
the additional condition of celibacy outside of marriage, and also
railed against what he suggested was today’s hook-up culture. He
questioned Herrera’s level of remorse and noted the young man’s
proclivities – a taste for pornography, an astounding number of
partners, and fantasies of sex with a 13-year-old girl."
"According to court documents, Herrera and the victim met in 2014.
He was 17 at the time. The girl told him she was 16. They hung out
with friends, went to the mall, and communicated via Facebook. But
when her mother found out about the relationship, she tried to put a
stop to it.
The mother called Herrera and Herrera’s mother. She explained that
her child was only 14, too young to have a boyfriend. But Herrera and
the girl continued their online relationship.
On 2 March 2015, Herrera snuck into the girl’s bedroom, ostensibly to
watch a movie with her. He began to fondle the girl. She asked him to
stop. He then raped her without wearing a condom.
Not long after, according to the affidavit of Twin Falls police detective
Benjamin Mittelstadt, Herrera heard a rumor that the girl was
pregnant. He called her mother to find out, in a conversation that was
later downloaded from the woman’s phone.
“During this conversation Mr Herrera admitted to knowing that [the
girl] was underage,” Mittelstadt said, “and stated he did not want to be
stuck behind bars being raped and stabbed for what had happened.”
The girl’s mother told Stoker in the Twin Falls courtroom that her
family fell prey to a manipulative “predator”. Herrera did not just rape
her daughter, the woman said, but he also harassed and threatened
the young girl and her friends and relatives.
“It was his intent from the beginning to take what he wanted from my
14-year-old child – her virginity – and he stayed around until he got it
from her,” she told Stoker. “Cody will never understand what he has
done to our family. Cody robbed her of her innocence. He destroyed
the child left in her. This can never be returned.” "
Judge Stoker seems ignorant of the reality that some men fantasized
about having sex with 13 year old (or younger) girls before the internet.
Vladimir Nabokov's novel _Lolita_ was published in 1955.
Judge Stoker also condemns a young man (now age 20) for already
having had 'sexual encounters' with 34 individuals. What would the
extremely conservative Judge Stoker say about President Trump, who
has boasted of having enjoyed many sexual conquests of women,
beginning from an early age (perhaps when he was in high school)?