Category: Rape culture

Man rapes his 12 year old daughter, manages to avoid prison 

Martin Blake, a 40-year-old Montana man, has pleaded guilty to one count of felony incest after he was caught raping his 12-year-old daughter. Initially, prosecutors in the case charged Blake with several counts of incest rape against the young girl, but as part of the Montana man’s plea agreement decided to allow Blake to admit guilt to a single charge

Blake agreed, as part of his plea deal, to a 100-year prison sentence for his horrendous crimes, with 75 years of that sentence suspended. In total, the admitted child sex offender agreed to a sentence that would have kept him imprisoned and off the streets for 25 years. However, at his sentencing hearing on Friday at Valley District Court, the public was shocked and stunned by the judge’s actions in court.

During the hearing, Judge John C. McKeon opted not to sentence Martin Blake to a single night in prison. Rather, he sentenced the Montana man to a nothing more than probation for the next three decades. 

The Glasgow, Montana community is so furious over the admitted child sex offender’s sentence that a petition has been created to have the judge that presided over Martin Blake’s case removed from the bench. The Petition To Impeach Judge John McKeon has already gathered nearly 10,000 signatures.

NBC Montana also reports that the judge in the Martin Blake case has spoken publicly in his own defense. According to McKeon, the Montana man’s own family sent letters to the court begging for leniency in the case.

Additionally, the judge who handed down the prison-free sentence for Montana man Martin Blake added that nobody in the family spoke on the behalf of or in defense of the 12-year-old rape victim during the sentencing hearing.

The mother of the victim, reportedly walked in on Martin Blake sexually assaulting her daughter gave a statement to the court begging for her daughter’s rapist to be treated, not imprisoned.

Likewise, the victim’s grandmother also spoke out on behalf of the Blake. According to the victim’s grandmother, Martin Blake’s young sons would have been harmed and “devastated” if their father was imprisoned for two-and-a-half decades.

Reportedly, an evaluation by the court indicated that Martin Blake could be successfully and safely treated and monitored within the local community.

In addition to his 30 years of probation, Montana man Martin Blake was also sentenced to 60 days in jail, but given credit for 17 days that he’d already served. He is also going to be required to undergo “sex offender treatment.” According to the judge in the case, Blake’s sentence was “quite restrictive and quite rigorous.” Judge McKeon is reportedly due to retire next month.

Actor George Takei accused of groping intoxicated model 

Scott R. Brunton, a former model and actor, told The Hollywood Reporter Friday that he was groped by Takei at the actor’s Los Angeles condominium in 1981.

Brunton, who was 23 at the time of the alleged incident, claims that Takei took advantage of him when he was most vulnerable.
“This happened a long time ago, but I have never forgotten it,” Brunton tells The Hollywood Reporter in an interview. “It is one of those stories you tell with a group of people when people are recounting bizarre instances in their lives, this always comes up. I have been telling it for years, but I am suddenly very nervous telling it.”

Brunton says he was living in Hollywood in 1981, working and beginning a career when he met Takei. 

At one point,  Brunton broke up with his then-boyfriend, he spoke with Takei for comfort and advice.

Brunton says “He was very good at consoling me and understanding that I was upset and still in love with my boyfriend. He was a great ear. He was very good about me spilling my heart on my sleeve.”

The two men went back to the actor’s condo for a drink the same night. “We have the drink and he asks if I would like another,” Brunton recalls. “And I said sure. So, I have the second one, and then all of a sudden, I begin feeling very disoriented and dizzy, and I thought I was going to pass out. I said I need to sit down and he said sit over here and he had a giant yellow beanbag chair. So I sat down in that and leaned my head back and I must have passed out.”

“The next thing I remember I was coming to and he had my pants down around my ankles and he was groping my crotch and trying to get my underwear off and feeling me up at the same time, trying to get his hands down my underwear,” Brunton says. “I came to and said, ‘What are you doing?!’ I said, ‘I don’t want to do this.’ He goes, ‘You need to relax. I am just trying to make you comfortable. Get comfortable.’ And I said, ‘No. I don’t want to do this.’ And I pushed him off and he said, ‘OK, fine.’ And I said I am going to go and he said, ‘If you feel you must. You’re in no condition to drive.’ I said, ‘I don’t care I want to go.’ 

So I managed to get my pants up and compose myself and I was just shocked. I walked out and went to my car until I felt well enough to drive home, and that was that.”

Takei, now 80, rose to fame playing Hikaru Sulu on the original Star Trek television series. He is also an author and activist and has been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights.

In a series of tweets Saturday morning, Takei denied the allegations.

“The events he describes back in the 1980s simply did not occur, and I do not know why he has claimed them now. I have wracked my brain to ask if I remember Mr. Brunton, and I cannot say I do,” he said. “Right now it is a he said / he said situation, over alleged events nearly 40 years ago. But those that know me understand that non-consensual acts are so antithetical to my values and my practices, the very idea that someone would accuse me of this is quite personally painful.”

Brunton claims that he met up with Takei years after the incident in Portland, Brunton’s current home, while the actor was there on a book tour. “I wanted to see him,” Brunton says. “I always wanted to ask him — I just felt really betrayed. I thought I was a friend and here I am later, just another piece of meat. So I called him up at the hotel — I figured out which hotel he was at — and he said ‘Hi, Scott. I remember you.’ I wanted to ask him why. We met for coffee, and I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. It was just too uncomfortable.”

Brunton says he considered going to the media with the story for years, but he assumed no one would take him seriously. “Who’s going to believe me? It’s my word against his,” he says.

Brunton’s reasoning changed after the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and specifically when Takei spoke out regarding allegations leveled against Kevin Spacey.

Takei can be heard on the Howard Stern show recently, seemingly Justifying groping men in his home. 

Terry Crews files police report after coming out as groping victim 

Actor Terry Crews has reportedly filed a police report against a Hollywood executive just weeks after claiming that he was sexually assaulted at a party.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Terry Crews has filed a police report after alleging that he was groped by a high-level Hollywood executive, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed Thursday.

Crews “is the victim in that report,” LAPD Officer Drake Madison told The Times on Thursday morning.

The LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division, which according to its website handles sexual assaults involving high-profile individuals, will be overseeing the investigation, the spokesman said, without providing any further details. 

Wednesday, the actor was seen leaving LAPD’s Hollywood division and confirmed to TMZ that the report was about the groping incident. Crews also said he plans to file a civil lawsuit.

Crews only identified the perpetrator as a “high-level Hollywood executive” when he recalled the incident on Oct. 10.

He wrote that the man groped “his privates” in front of his wife and then “grinned like a jerk.” He said that he considered ”[kicking] his ass right then” but had concerns about how the situation would play out in the media.

Several outlets, including NBC News and local station CBS 3, have since named Adam Venit, a talent agent with Williams Morris Endeavor (WME), as the alleged groper, citing law enforcement sources.

Venit, who is said to represent actors Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Gal Gadot and Sylvester Stallone, has since been placed on leave, Variety reported on Friday.

WME did not immediately respond to requests for comment from HuffPost on Thursday. Attempts to reach Venit for comment were not immediately successful.

“Nice guy” murders woman for turning down his marriage proposal

Berks County, PA-  Christopher R. Tucker, 34, of Albany Township, has been charged with murder and criminal homicide for allegedly killing 19-year-old Tara Serino, state police said. She was last seen by her family Monday.

Tucker asked Serino to marry him at his Berks County home some time between Monday and Tuesday. She said no and then told him she was involved with other men. Tucker allegedly told police he then snapped, choking Serino until he thought she was dead. He then poked her eyes out, snapped her neck and beat her with a hatchet, police said.

He wrapped Serino in a rug and left it in his home as he fled to Illinois, police said.

Authorities in Champaign County, Illinois, picked Tucker up at a truck stop after he tried to break into a farmer’s combine and took him to a hospital for evaluation. There police executed an arrest warrant from Pennsylvania State Police.

Troopers searched Tucker’s home following his confession to detectives and found Serino’s body. He’s being held in an Illinois jail.

Attorney information for Tucker was not immediately available. State police are working to extradite him back to Pennsylvania.

Teacher takes upskirt photos of students; faces no legal action

Andrew Corish, a teacher from an all-girls school in Croydon, U.K. has admitted he used his phone to film up students’ skirts and stored the images and videos on his phone. As a punishment for preying upon young girls and taking advantage of his position as an assistant headteacher, he potentially faces a classroom ban.

He will not go to prison, because what he did technically, does not constitute a criminal offense, as upskirt photos are not illegal.

Cornish initially pleaded guilty to voyeurism, but a month later the judge rejected the plea, ruling that the students weren’t in a place where they could reasonably expect privacy, such as in their homes or a changing room, and therefore Corish’s actions don’t constitute voyeurism. The Crown Prosecution Service applied for indecent images of children charges to be added, but the judge ruled the images “were not of an indecent nature”.

Without facing any legal ramifications, Corish’s behaviour was examined by The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) misconduct panel, in which Corish admitted all the allegations in a witness statement. The panel chair ruled that Cornish’s actions “involved breaches of the teachers’ standards” and it will consider whether to recommend sanctions or a ban to the education secretary. It will consider whether to recommend sanctions or a ban. Despite admitting his guilt, Corish hasn’t immediately been banned from entering a classroom.

Quebec judge suggests victim of sexual assault should be flattered because she’s overweight

A Quebec judge will be subject to an official complaint over comments he made during a sexual assault trial suggesting the teenage complainant was “flattered” by the accuser’s attention.

Cab driver Carlo Figaro, 49, was accused of forcibly kissing and licking the face of a 17-year-old girl who was his passenger. Figaro also fondled the victim, touching her breasts and genitals over her clothes. Figaro was found guilty in May and has not yet been sentenced. He is appealing the conviction.

During the trial Judge Jean-Paul Braun remarked, “It can be said that she is a little overweight, but she has a pretty face huh?” He also suggested the victim may have been “flattered” because between the victim’s weight and strict religious upbringing “that is perhaps the first time that a man is interested in her.”

Audio recordings of the court proceedings show that Braun also went back and forth with Crown prosecutor Amélie Rivard, suggesting there are degrees of consent and questioning exactly which actions required Figaro to get the victim’s consent.

The judge said it is not the same to consent to kiss someone and to “mettre … la main au panier,” a French expression that usually refers to touching someone’s rear end. He described the non-consensual kiss as an “acceptable gesture.”

Braun also commented in his written decision on the appearance of the 49-year-old taxi driver.

“He looks good and doesn’t seem his age,” the judge stated. “We can see from his testimony … that he has nice manners and that he likes to wear cologne: with Versace when he goes out, and with other less-expensive colognes during the week.”

In his decision, Braun said that while the victim perhaps didn’t make it clear that she didn’t want to be kissed, through her body language and words, she did make it clear that she didn’t consent to what happened after that.

When asked about Braun’s comments Wednesday morning, Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée told reporters they were “unacceptable” and that she would be filing a complaint with Quebec’s magistrates council.

Judge backtracks on giving rapist custody

Judge Gregory Ross recently came under fire after ordering that convicted rapist Christopher Mirasolo could have joint custody to the boy he fathered with a 12-year-old girl nine years ago. Now that the case has caught media attention, the judge has vacated the order and removed custodial rights for Mirasolo. 

In a statement, Sanilac County Prosecutor James Young says he wants to “express our apologies for the manner in which this case was handled.”Ross had signed a paternity order on Sept. 22 naming Mirasolo as the father of the boy. Mirasolo was ordered to pay child support and was granted joint custody and parenting time.

When it became public the boy was conceived through rape, public outcry was widespread, and people gathered on the courthouse lawn in protest Tuesday.

Rebecca Kiessling, the victim’s lawyer, said she was disappointed with the ruling. “There is still a problem,” she said. “Her signature wasn’t on the (original) consent order. They are not allowed to issue a consent order without her consent.”

She also said Ross’s decision did not address the issue of child support.

“The judge just completely vacated the order,” Kiessling said. “She did not get child support. She is entitled to child support.”

In his decision, which he read in court, Ross wrote: “The question that everyone is asking is ‘How could a judge do such a thing?’ The answer is that this judge was not aware, did not have knowledge of the fact that the defendant raped the plaintiff and the child was born as a result.”

He said he was presented with a paternity petition which he reviewed and there was nothing unusual in the order.

“It has been suggested that I ‘rubber stamped’ this order,” he wrote. “I do not rubber stamp orders. I felt it was routine. I did not ‘rubber stamp’ it.” Both Ross and Young said procedures will be reviewed.

“The Family Division of the Circuit Court will be reviewing its procedures also,” Ross wrote. “This should not happen to anyone.”

Sandra Potter, of Peck, is founder of Dreamcatchers for Abused Children and one of the organizers of Tuesday’s rally at the Sanilac County Courthouse.

“Giving a twice-convicted sex-offender any type of custody and parental rights is unprecedented,” she said.

Mirasolo pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree criminal sexual conduct in the Sept. 6, 2008, assault of the child’s mother, who was 12 at the time. 

He was discharged from the department of corrections on Dec. 20, 2010. 

Mirasolo pleaded no contest to third- and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in a March 29, 2010, incident involving a 15-year-old girl

Both victims spoke during Tuesday’s rally.

“I was kidnapped and raped by Christopher Mirasolo,” said the woman who was 12 at the time of the assault. “He told me he would kill me if I told anybody he had raped me.”

In a response to objections of his being awarded custody of his son, Mirasolo said his relationship with the boy’s mother when she was 12 was romantic. 

“The Defendant absolutely denies that he forcibly raped or threatened to kill the minor child’s mother. In further response, the Defendant states that the Plaintiff became pregnant while the parties were in a romantic relationship that lasted several months. The relationship occurred when the Defendant was 18 years old and the Plaintiff was approximately five years younger than the Defendant,” reads the response filed by Mirasolo’s lawyer. 

Man rapes 12 year old girl, now gets to share joint custody of her child 

Michigan- A Sanilac County Circuit judge has granted parenting time and joint legal custody of an 8-year-old boy to a convicted sex offender who raped the child’s mother nine years ago.

Christopher Mirasolo, 27, of Brown City was awarded joint legal custody by Judge Gregory S. Ross after DNA testing established paternity of the child, according to the victim’s attorney, Rebecca Kiessling, who is seeking protection under the federal Rape Survivor Child Custody Act. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 25.
According to the victim and Kiessling, it was prompted after the county surveyed the victim regarding child support she had received this past year.

“This is insane,” said Kiessling, who filed objections Friday with Ross. “Nothing has been right about this since it was originally investigated. He was never properly charged and should still be sitting behind bars somewhere, but the system is victimizing my client, who was a child herself when this all happened.”

Ross disclosed the rape victim’s address to Mirasolo and ordered Mirasolo’s name to be added to the child’s birth certificate — all without the victim’s consent or a hearing, according to Kiessling.

“An assistant prosecutor on this, Eric Scott, told me she had granted her consent, which was a lie — she has never been asked to do this and certainly never signed anything,” Kiessling said.

According to Ms Kiessling, Mirarsolo forcibly raped and threatened to kill her client in September 2008.

“She, her 13-year-old sister and a friend all slipped out of their house one night to meet a boy and the boy’s older friend, Mirasolo, showed up and asked if they wanted to go for a ride,” said Kiessling.

“They thought they were going to McDonald’s or somewhere. Instead, he tossed their cellphones away, drove to Detroit where he stole gas from a station and then drove back to Sanilac County, where he kept them captive for two days in a vacant house near a relative, finally releasing the older sister in a park.

“He threatened to kill them if they told anyone what happened.”

Mirasolo was arrested a month later, she said, when her client was pregnant.

“I think this is all crazy,” the unnamed victim told The News. “They (officials) never explained anything to me. I was receiving about $260 a month in food stamps for me and my son and health insurance for him. I guess they were trying to see how to get some of the money back.”

Since his conviction for the rape in 2008, Mirasolo, from Brown City, Michigan, has been convicted of another child sex assault, for which he served four years in prison.

Michigan is one of seven states that allows rapists to share parental rights with rape victims. 

Rapper Nelly arrested on rape charge 

According to TMZ, rapper Nelly has been arrested for allegedly raping a woman.
Law enforcement sources have said a woman claims she was raped on the rapper’s tour bus in Washington, where he’s been performing. Nelly was set to perform Saturday night in Ridgefield, Washington.  

the alleged rape occurred Saturday morning at around 3:45 AM. Nelly was booked on second degree rape charges Saturday morning at around 7 AM. It appears he was in custody at the time of this post. 

Neither lawyers nor his reps have given a statement.