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Missouri judge keeps giving rapists and molesters light sentences

Sorry to use Huffpo as a source, but it is accurate. I didn't want to have grab sections from a few different articles just to avoid linking to HP.

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Missouri Man Who Pleaded Guilty To Molesting 11-Year-Old Girl Gets Probation

A Missouri man who pleaded guilty to molesting an 11-year-old girl has evaded jail time, instead getting just five years of supervised probation.

Joseph Robert Meili, 22, was sentenced in Greene County Court on Friday after pleading guilty in March to third-degree child molestation as part of a plea deal.

In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the child kidnapping and first-degree statutory rape charges he also faced.

Under Missouri law, third-degree child molestation is considered a class C felony punishable by up to three to 10 years in prison or a shorter term coupled with a $10,000 fine.

Prosecutors recommended Meili serve 120 days in a sex offender treatment program and up to seven years in prison. But Judge Calvin R. Holden sentenced him to just five years of supervised probation.

Police say Meili picked up the girl near her home in Republic, Missouri, in July 2017 after the two met on the dating app MeetMe. He drove them to his apartment in Springfield, roughly 15 miles away, according to police.

The girl, whose identity has not been publicly released because she’s a minor, was reported missing for several hours until Meili dropped her off at her home later, police said.

She told authorities she had fallen asleep at Meili’s apartment and woke up feeling as though something sexual had happened, reported The Jefferson City News Tribune. A few weeks later, she told investigators that she and Meili had engaged in intercourse, Greene County Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Elizabeth Fax told HuffPost.

Investigators found semen in the girl’s underwear, USA Today reported. She subsequently tested positive for chlamydia, according to the outlet.

Meili told investigators that he had agreed to meet the girl because her profile said she was 18. His attorney, Scott Pierson, told HuffPost that the girl had reached out to his client online and “catfished” him by claiming to be older than she was.

“He felt horrible about the entire incident,” Pierson said. “He’s going to be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life ... It’s a tough case. Neither side is really going to get justice here.”

But Fax said it’s “absolutely” not possible that Meili believed the girl was 18 years old and that she believes “willful ignorance” led him to have sex with the 11-year-old.

“I think dating apps make it easier to get into these types of situations, to be sure,” she told HuffPost, “but to actually see her in person ... He knew and just decided to go along with it anyway.”


She added: “It’s just really hard for people to wrap their minds around the fact that these are children. They might wear makeup and be on dating apps and try to hook up with older men but, at the end of the day, these are children.”

It’s not uncommon for child molestation and statutory rape cases of this nature in Greene County to result in probation for the offender rather than prison time, both Pierson and Fax said.

Earlier on Friday, Fax appeared in court for the sentencing of another confessed child abuser: Avery Genovese of Bolivar, who was 21 years old when he was charged with the statutory rape and statutory sodomy of a 12-year-old girl he met online.

He pleaded guilty to both charges in January. Holden sentenced him to five years of supervised probation on Friday.

“The victim’s family was there and they were literally just crying,” Fax said.


Holden has faced backlash in the past for handing down light sentences to child molesters. In 2016, he sentenced a 24-year-old man convicted of sexually abusing an 8-year-old child he was babysitting to 30 days in jail and five years of probation. The decision sparked a Change.org petition calling for Holden’s removal from the bench, which garnered hundreds of signatures.

Holden outraged community members again in February after he sentenced a twice-convicted rapist to five years of supervised probation.

Beau Maurice Gormley, 33, of Republic, received the sentence after raping a woman a month into his probation, which he’d received for previously committing statutory rape against a 16-year-old employee who worked at a restaurant he managed.


“We strongly believe that one of the best ways to lower the rates of sexual assault is to punish perpetrators,” Me Too Springfield said in a statement at the time. “Rulings like this send a strong message to rapists that they can get away with it.”

Holden did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.
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95% of the Committee voted Judge Holden substantially MEETS overall judicial performance standards.

19 Committee members voted “MEETS”
1 Committee members voted “DOES NOT MEET”
That one "does not meet" must be real prude or something. Probably thinks rapists and molesters should do prison time or something.

Also, if the defendant completes probation with no problems there's a chance it will expunged from his criminal record.
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I think honestly you could be excused for thinking there's some weird child sex thing going on with judges akin to the Catholic Church with how often Judges hand out light sentences to child rapists. Though that said real criminals always receive slaps on the wrist in the Western World. Our Justice system isn't about justice, its a business that makes money.

This Judge is probably a kiddie fiddler though and lets their mates off.
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Re: Missouri judge keeps keeps giving rapists and molesters light sentences

There's something very wrong with how the West handles this sort of stuff.

We've seen how common it is for Politicians and Law Enforcement turn a blind eye to rape, child molesting and human trafficking.

We've already seen thousands of children being raped and nobody wanted to do anything about it.

Yet in a time of #metoo etc, this stuff goes on. I'd be very sure if this Judge was investigated there would be a whole heap of skeletons in that closet.

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There's something very wrong with how the West handles this sort of stuff.

We've seen how common it is for Politicians and Law Enforcement turn a blind eye to rape, child molesting and human trafficking.

We've already seen thousands of children being raped and nobody wanted to do anything about it.

Yet in a time of #metoo etc, this stuff goes on. I'd be very sure if this Judge was investigated there would be a whole heap of skeletons in that closet.
Is MeToo even a thing anymore? I thought it went to shit after some of its own members got caught being, well the thing MeToo was against.

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Why don't people kill these judges? Serious question. With how many crazy, violent people there are in this country and how many are willing to throw their lives away for a cause, instead of running over a member of the opposite political tribe, why not dedicate your hatred to cleaning up America?

You might be asking why the judge and not the pervert, because these judges represent a systemic problem and they can do far more damage than any one pervert ever could. I've been watching Beau of The Fifth Column and he was talking about messed up Marines turned ideologues ready to kill cops just for attempting to enforce unjust laws, why don't they go a couple rungs up higher on the ladder and get the law makers and interpreters?
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I think honestly you could be excused for thinking there's some weird child sex thing going on with judges akin to the Catholic Church with how often Judges hand out light sentences to child rapists. Though that said real criminals always receive slaps on the wrist in the Western World. Our Justic system isn's about justice, its a business that makes money.

This Judge is probably a kiddie fiddler though and lets their mates off.
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He felt horrible about the entire incident,
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Unfortunately, this is what is boils down to.
Its pretty disheartening when you actually see our "Justice System" up close. You talk o any Cop about the whole process and they'll tell you its a joke. Tell you they always see people go to court expecting Justice, everyone always leaves disappointed.

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There are drug dealers that get way more time for things. But there's a reason for that. In a big drug bust you have under cover officers, video of drug sales, lab results on the drugs, and every single thing you need to prove a case. In a sex case against a child you have a child testifying.

Most cases result in plea deals. All of the cases mentioned resulted in a plea. I think there's a chance that this judge has had a bad string of difficult to prove cases where the risk of a an acquittal resulted in some soft sentences.

If you've got a guy that you know is guilty but I case you aren't convinced you can prove then you have to decide to roll the dice and send him away forever or do something like offer probation. Because you would hope that while on probation he can't hurt anyone and if he's a registered sex offender everyone is on notice of what he is and there will still be supervision of him. It's not a good result but what if the guy walks at trial?

I'm surprised that the articles I've seen about the judge aren't written about the DA or whatever they call the prosecutor there because it sounds like these guys are pleading guilty and I don't think they're pleading blind.
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Why don't people kill these judges? Serious question. With how many crazy, violent people there are in this country and how many are willing to throw their lives away for a cause, instead of running over a member of the opposite political tribe, why not dedicate your hatred to cleaning up America?

You might be asking why the judge and not the pervert, because these judges represent a systemic problem and they can do far more damage than any one pervert ever could. I've been watching Beau of The Fifth Column and he was talking about messed up Marines turned ideologues ready to kill cops just for attempting to enforce unjust laws, why don't they go a couple rungs up higher on the ladder and get the law makers and interpreters?
Because that destruction is rarely constructive even if it could be. I mean look at the show Dexter and the fascination behind it, a serial killer that actually improves society? It's nuts!

Also why not bankers, wallstreet, politicians? The top of the chain is what would make the most difference.

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