ADULT FORNICATOR AND STATUTORY RAPIST GETS PUNISHMENT OF 45 DAYS IN COUNTY JAIL
An Arizona judge has sentenced [a 39-year old adult male] to 45 days in county jail for having sex with [an underage girl] he 'took as his third wife'(sic). . . Fischer was the first of seven members of the Fundamentalist Latter-day Saints (FLDS) to be tried for plural marriages to minors.More here.
"I don't know if we've sent a strong enough message to these people," said Gary Engels, an investigator with the Mohave County Attorney's office.
About 7,000 FLDS members live in the twin border towns of Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah.
Members of the group, which broke with mainstream Mormons in the 1890s over polygamy, believe that only those in plural marriages can reach the highest level of heaven.
Warren Jeffs, the church leader or "prophet," is a federal fugitive from charges in both states stemming from his alleged arrangement of "celestial marriages" between teenage girls and older, married men.
The county prosecutor, Matt Smith, had asked Judge Steven Conn to sentence Fischer, 39, to some prison time. Fischer faced a minimum sentence of probation and a maximum of four years in prison.
As part of the sentence, Fischer must complete three years probation and register as a sex offender. He must report to jail by November 1.
Although polygamy is unconstitutional in Arizona, it is not a crime (hunh?). Law enforcement largely left the FLDS alone until about 18 months ago, when Mohave County began investigating allegations of sex with underage girls.
Relying on birth certificates and testimony of former church members, a jury convicted Fischer last month of sexual contact with a minor and conspiracy for having sex with a 16-year-old.
As I Google it, the age of consent in Arizona is 18. This adult guy was fornicating with a 16 year old.
But we'd rather the state be protecting petri dishes, would we not?
And promoting government-forced maternity.
And complaining about the sex lives and marriages of consenting adults, rather than preventing sexual contacts between adults and children (who cannot give consent).
Oh, and also protecting a rapist's right to breed.
Snakes On a Plane
Bushist moral and fiscal bankruptcy