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OUTRAGE!! 
9th-Apr-2006 11:43 am
From C&L:
Republican Dad gets son off (the hook) in AZ sex case

This is too much.

Poliremix:

"A 19 and 17 year old from Arizona, have been offered a plea deal which requires no jail time and virtually no penalty for crimes they admitted to commiting. What were these crimes? As counselors at a boys camp, the 19 and 17 year old punished 18 of the 11-14 year old boys by making them lay face down on their bed, in front of all the other boys, shoving a broomstick into their anus through their pants. Eighteen 11-14 year olds! And, no penalty despite the parents outrage.

One may ask how this could happen. It is really quite simple. The 19 year old, Ryan Bennett, is none other than the son of Arizona's Senate President, Ken Bennett, a Republican who is part of the effort to ban equal rights for same-sex couples in the state, viewing same-sex relationships as immoral...After his son's admission, Bennett wrote a letter to the D.A. handling the case informing her that his son could not rightfully serve time in jail, because he is prepared to leave the country on a mission - to teach the word of Christ to youth around the world...read on"

Here's the AZ Central article.

Yavapai County Attorney's excuse: Hazing Gone Wrong

Read this letter and tell me how insane this response is to this story. Sheila S. Polk, Yavapai County Attorney, sees no sexual motive in the actions of Bennett and Wheeler and blames the media for the attention it's receiving.

If you review the police reports, you will find a terrible situation that can be summed up as follows: Eighteen junior high age kids went to a week-long camp in Prescott. The two defendants were their junior counselors and in charge of them. As a form of discipline, the defendants, then 17 and 19, performed a ritual on the campers referred to as “brooming.” Simply and somewhat graphically put, the defendants would use a broom stick or flashlight and push it into the crevice of campers’ buttocks over their clothes. Sometimes the victims were held and sometimes they were not. There is absolutely no evidence that this was done with a sexual motivation....read on"

What part of sticking a broom where the sun doesn't shine is not sexual in nature? So to her the definition of sexual assault has to do with the fact that the kids were wearing clothes. Doesn't she know the shame these kids would feel afterwards? You can email her your thoughts about the case, (please be civil) at County.Attorney.Email@co.yavapai.az.us You can view the police report there also. (h/t Matt)







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Comments 
9th-Apr-2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
ridiculousness.

in the Abner Louima case it was sexual abuse, but if you're the son of the senator it isn't?
9th-Apr-2006 05:45 pm (UTC)
Apparently not, bu then again these assaults didn't happen in a NYC police precinct. Oddly enough, a few of my sexual fantasies do happen in a NYC police precinct.
9th-Apr-2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
I think its only a sexual assault if you choose to see it as one. 1) The fact it was over the clothes DOES have some bearing as it was done in/around the anus. 2) It was probably more of a painful and shaming thing than a sexual one. "I'm going to embarass you and put you through pain by shoving something up your ass." Ie, doing gay-related actions the wrong way and using it as a tool for shame. 3) Regardless of whether it was sexual or not, it was some hardcore assault and they should've been put away.
9th-Apr-2006 10:33 pm (UTC)
Oh my fucking god!
9th-Apr-2006 11:14 pm (UTC)
After his son's admission, Bennett wrote a letter to the D.A. handling the case informing her that his son could not rightfully serve time in jail, because he is prepared to leave the country on a mission - to teach the word of Christ to youth around the world

And will 'brooming ' be a part of this mission? I am revolted once again at the hypocrisy of God's Own Party.
9th-Apr-2006 11:26 pm (UTC)
I would be shocked, but I used to live in Arizona. Corruption and moral bullshit is like a SPORT there.

I am disgusted. I think the kid AND his dad should be repeatedly reamed with broomsticks on a daily basis for about...oh I dunno...a year? Would that be good?
12th-Apr-2006 04:06 am (UTC) - volunteer right here
I'll happily agree with you.... let's have the 3 of them kidnapped and repeated shove whatever we feel like up their asses until they get the message that it was truly wrong to such a think to another humanbeing... at least against their will.
sickening to say the least.
12th-Apr-2006 09:31 am (UTC)
his son could not rightfully serve time in jail, because he is prepared to leave the country on a mission

Gee, I was totally unaware that performing religious duties was considered a valid excuse for getting out of doing jail time. Maybe ministers should start planning felonies for just before they go on out-of-country missions more often...
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