Sunday, September 30, 2007

Screwing kids is wrong no matter the gender of the adult

From the Hartford Courant
Woman In Sex Case Given Probation

By CHARLES PROCTOR | Courant Staff Writer
September 29, 2007

MIDDLETOWN - Before a Superior Court judge sentenced a Cape Cod woman on Friday for having a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old, he chided her for making "some of the wrong decisions."

"You're still very young, but you're not a kid," Judge Frank A. Iannotti told Sarah Colby, 25. "It's time for you to start making some of the right decisions."

Police say Colby, of Dennis, Mass., drove over 100 miles to have a sexual encounter with a then-15-year-old male in a Cromwell hotel last year. Police charged her with second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor, but Colby pleaded guilty to lesser charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and using a computer to entice a minor.

Iannotti spared Colby a jail term but sentenced her to 10 years of probation. Colby also must register in Connecticut as a sex offender for at least 10 years.

During her probation, Colby must submit to polygraph tests and mental health and drug evaluations.

Colby also cannot have contact with minors under the age of 16, and cannot use a computer or the Internet at home. Iannotti ruled Colby could use a computer and the Internet at work or school as long as the use pertained to her job or her studies.

Iannotti also said Colby could continue to care for her 5-year-old child. "There is no indication in any of the reports that her 5-year-old daughter would be jeopardy," he said.

If she violated the terms of her probation, Colby could serve up to five years in prison.

Colby, wearing a purple blouse and black pants, nodded meekly when the judge asked if she understood the terms of her probation.

Colby's attorney, Martin McQuillan, said his client had been attending counseling sessions over the past year.

According to the arrest warrant, Colby met the juvenile victim, who is from New Britain, in January or February of last year through a mutual friend.

Colby and the victim kept in touch through MSN Messenger, MySpace.com and cellphone conversations. They subsequently discussed fooling around sexually and traded nude photos of each other over the Internet, according to the warrant.

According the warrant, Colby began to develop feelings for the victim and arranged to meet him in Cromwell on July 30, 2006. She booked a room at the Comfort Inn at 111 Berlin Road.

Colby drove to Cromwell with the mutual friend and picked up the victim, who was at a family picnic. After spending the day together, Colby, the victim and the friend drove to the Comfort Inn at about 9 p.m., according to the warrant.

There, police said, Colby and the victim had a sexual encounter while the friend napped.

The victim's mother contacted New Britain police when her son did not return home that night. When he came home the next morning, the mother told police she noticed a mark on his neck. The victim told his mother what had happened, and she contacted New Britain police again. Cromwell police arrested Colby on Aug. 16, 2006.

On Friday, Iannotti left Colby with a warning: "Some people are fortunate enough to get second chances," he said. "Not many people get a third chance."

Contact Charles Proctor at cwproctor@courant.com.

Copyright © 2007, The Hartford Courant

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[click here], a few of us are doing something about judicial abuse and judges judging judges. Judicial immunity needs to be abolished. There was a national forum on judges judging judges at the Brooklyn, New York, US Federal Court.

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