Monday, February 04, 2019

Kansas Judge Calls Children The Aggressors In Sex For Hire Case


Leavenworth County District Judge Michael Gibbens  recently heard the case of Raymond Soden, a 67-year-old man who paid for sex with young girls he’d met online.

At the end of the trial Gibbens sentenced Soden to five years and 10 months in prison, eight years less than what is called for in Kansas sentencing guidelines. Gibbens did so because he believes the girls, one age thirteen and the other fourteen, were partly to blame for what happened and Gibbens questioned how much they were harmed, pointing out that they went to Soden’s house voluntarily and didn’t appear in court when he was sentenced; vile, yes, but he went even further:
“I do find that the victims in this case, in particular, were more an aggressor than a participant in the criminal conduct. They were certainly selling things monetarily that it’s against the law for even an adult to sell.”
Yes, children cannot consent to sex, which is why having sex with a minor is often considered rape, but these two children were the aggressors. And he clearly felt that Soden was the victim …

While Soden had two prior criminal convictions—one for battery and one for sexual battery—prosecutors argued for a sentence of 13-plus years in prison, but Gibbens blamed the girls because they had voluntarily gone to Soden’s house and had taken money for sexual favors … because the girls had allegedly tried to have someone rob Soden … and because the older sister of the girls had been the one who arranged for them to meet Soden. Soden also knew the girl’s mother and knew her older daughter has “pimped’ out her younger sisters.

Gibbens took all that into consideration in the sentencing and cited other factors, like Soden’s age, poor physical health and low intellectual functioning, but not the fact that he paid to have sex with children.

Children. Can't. Consent.

7 comments:

mistress maddie said...

Sounds like a money trail somehwere......


And that raymond Soden...that's a face like a mud fence, only a mother could love.

the dogs' mother said...

Having worked with criminal children -
they are still CHILDREN! And a 60+ man
should know that and not take advantage
of that.

Moving with Mitchell said...

In this day and age! Unbelievable!

Deedles said...

I don't give a flying fig how "aggressive" a child can be, ADULTS CAN AND SHOULD SAY NO! Call child services. This 'judge' needs to be put away!

Helen Lashbrook said...

I'm with TDM and if the mother was pimping those kids out then she too should be in the dock alongside the rapist. Two adults doing bad things does not make two underage girls wrong.

Sixpence Notthewiser said...

I’m rolling my eyes so hard I’m almost falling asleep right now.

Dave R said...

No doubt he is a good Christian man who is quite aware of the evil temptations of... children.