Protesters have taken to the streets outside of the court house in San Angelo, Texas after a local prosecutor’s plea deal let a convicted child rapist home without serving any jail time, or even requiring him to register as a sex offender.
You read that right, he was convicted of raping a 2-year-old and leaving her in a pool of her own blood. But that didn’t matter to the courts who let this convicted child rapist walk free, NO JAIL TIME and he doesn’t even have to register as a sex offender!
Brittany Lynn Rosser explained in a Facebook post last week, that her boyfriend, Thomas Boden, 29, was drunk and apparently suicidal and homicidal after raping her daughter.
She explains that he attempted to force her to crash the vehicle that she was driving, saying simply that they both “need to die.”
She got home, by the time two police officers had arrived to respond to the call about the attempted crash and general abusiveness of Boden, her daughter came out screaming, “My butt, my butt!”
So Rosser, “laid her down and opened her diaper to find an enormous amount of blood and a clear vaginal tear.”
Then, she recalls, she “asked Annabelle what happened and she said, ‘Tom hurt me with his hand.’ I ran outside screaming and crying, pushed past several cops and asked Thomas if he touched my daughter. He didn’t say a word, but had a slight grin on his face.”
Rosser says that both her 4-year-old daughter and the hospital confirmed the attack. The 4-year-old had actually witnessed it.
“She told me Tom held Annabelle down on the floor holding a shirt over her face while she was screaming and ‘cut’ her private area with his hands,” Rosser explained. “Later I searched the house and found another diaper and TONS of bloody wipes in the trash along with empty beer cans. All was taken into evidence with Thomas’ DNA all over it. He never even tried to hide the evidence.”
Sickening sweet deal
Boden was actually convicted in this attack, but he was offered a ridiculous plea deal that reduced his charge from Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. As a result, he only faces 10 years probation. He will not be required to register as a sex offender even with the plea conviction.
Assistant District Attorney Jason Ferguson issued a statement in response to protests that erupted from members of the community, saying that prosecutors did what was in “the best interest of the child”.
“In this case, we were dealing with a child who was 2 years old at the time of the offense, no adult witnesses, but serious injuries,” Ferguson tried to justify. “When we were looking at our options, my primary concern was for the best interest of the child, including considering what going through the rigors of trial preparation and testimony in front of a jury would be like for a toddler.”
He went on to say that, “The only witnesses to this offense were both toddlers – one was 2 and one was 4. The possibility of one or both of these children being unable to testify was extremely high, if not a certainty. If that were to happen, we faced the very real possibility that the Defendant would be found Not Guilty and simply go home with no consequences. That was something we could not risk.”
Why could you not risk it? It appears you really didn't risk much. You had the mother's testimony, you had the DNA on the child's diaper, you had both children as witnesses. Good grief, you should have been able to get a conviction on half that.
So what happens now? The guy is free to walk the streets and strike terror in the hearts of both of those little girls all through their growing up years. No, Mr Ferguson, you were not thinking of the girls when you offered that sickening sweet deal. If you can't do better than that, you should find another line of business, you suck at this.
The community isn’t having it. Protesters gathered who could quickly be heard screaming “Justice system has failed us” and “It should not hurt to be a child.”
Now, many in the community are calling for Ferguson’s resignation.
Add my name to that list, please.
Kassia Jaramillo said in an interview with the San Angelo Standard-Times that “ten years’ probation is a slap on the wrist.”
“This is a broader issue about how our society views sexual violence,” Rose Luna, the spokesperson for the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) said to protesters on Monday.
“Once you hear that, it absolutely makes your heart skip a bit. It makes you pause,” Luna said. “It makes you say, ‘Here we are in 2015, in a highly civilized society, yet we have no grand jury indictment of a child sexual assault on a 2-year-old child.’”
“We have high incidents of sexual assault cases, a low reporting rate, and when they do make it to the justice system, they’re pled out,” she added. “This is not just a law enforcement issue, but rather a society issue.”
Ashley Springer, the victim’s aunt, said that district attorney never asked the family what they thought about the insulting plea deal.
“We were not contacted about it. We weren’t asked how we wanted this to be done,” Springer explained. “If it was their daughter, it wouldn’t have been done like this.”