Now that that great Super Bowl is out of the way, and hopefully, we are done talking politics, I thought that this story was pretty interesting.
So, an Idaho judge has ordered a 19-year-old man not to have sex with anyone before he marries as part of his sentencing for the rape of a 14-year-old girl. Will this even be possible? What if he gets raped in prison? Does that count?
District Court Judge Randy Stoker sentenced Cody Herrera of Twin Falls to 15 years in prison, but he suspended the sentence for a one-year "rider program." If the unmarried Herrera completes the program, he'll be released on probation, which requires celibacy unless he gets married.
Stokers said that the probation condition is needed because Herrera told pre-sentence investigators he's had 34 sexual partners. He's only 19! Stoker told Herrera, "If you're ever on probation with this court, a condition of that will be you will not have sexual relations with anyone except who you're married to, if you're married."
Back in March, Herrera pleaded guilty to the statutory rape of the 14-year-old. According to the victim's mother in court, "It was his intent from the beginning to take what he wanted from my 14-year-old child....her virginity." My question is, is this really a sex crime? I mean when I was in high school, girls dated college guys all the time. Technically, at the age of 19, Herrera is a college guy and not to mention only one year removed from high school. Does that make him a sex offender? Is 15 years in prison a little harsh? How do we know the sex wasn't consensual at their age? If he did rape the girl, he deserves the sentencing, but do we really know if it was rape? I know many girls at the age of 14 when I was in high school that were putting out.
The celibacy sentencing until marriage, though? Now, that is hilarious! This poor guy won't know what sex is again until he is married. That means no pre-marital sex. I would marry the first girl I met right out of prison and then I would have the marriage annulled right after the sex. There was no rule that said that couldn't happen, right?