Despite long sentences for sexual assaults on the books, courts are increasingly handing out shorter sentences in sexual assault cases or not even convicting.
In this case, former Indiana University student John Enochs, who was charged with raping two women, will get just a year of probation and one day in jail as part of a plea deal, according to WXIN. Enochs pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery.
How can that possibly be? How can you reduce two rapes to a misdemeanor battery charge. How do you think the girls feel knowing they were raped and the rapist will not pay anything for them? No jail time, no requirement to register in the sex offender registry; really, no interference with his lifestyle at all except that he probably shouldn't rape any more girls for another year or he might have to spend a month or two in jail.
It's like the prosecutors don't think rape is a serious crime. Pushing her down on the floor is worse than invading her body, mind and soul!!! What the Hell? Did the prosecutors know the family of the boy? For certain they didn't know the family of the girls or they wouldn't have given this creep a free pass. You guys are disgusting! You've raped those girls again.
We need a law whereby plea bargains cannot be less than 70% of the minimum sentence for the crimes committed.
The Enochs case involved a woman who said in April 2015 she was at party at a fraternity at Indiana University when she went inside to use the restroom. She said the next thing she remembers was being naked and alone with an unknown man having sex with her. She said she told him to stop multiple times, but he refused. She suffered a laceration to her genitals in the attack.
Police officials said security video showed Enochs enter the room with the victim and leave 24 minutes later. Police found a similar case from 2013 involving Enochs, and with the latest victim’s account, DNA evidence and eyewitness statements and identification by the two women, police were able to charge Enochs with two rape charges in September 2015.
Sounds to me like a solid case; so why the plea bargain at all?