In Fauquier County on the 19th of December, a Virginia State Trooper got off with a slap on the wrist and not ever having to register as a sex offender after being found guilty and convicted of multiple child molestations. Story HERE.
This Virginia State Trooper was convicted (barely) of multiple sex abuse charges, got 9 years, only has to serve 30 days in jail, and does not have to register as a sex offender!
At the same time, a young man in Hampton Roads, VA who has been in jail over 4 years is being exonerated of child molestation, is innocent and was wrongfully convicted, yet he has to register as a sex offender for life. Story HERE.
How is this fair, and why isn’t the Trooper held to a higher standard?
Why did he get such a sweetheart deal when a civilian citizen would be branded/stigmatized for life?
And why doesn’t anyone care?
I’m sick of lop-sided justice, not just in our state but in our country.
And I’m even sicker of paid professional bullies (read that law enforcement, politicians, wealthy people, and people with connections) being held to a lesser standard of conduct and getting off with a slap on the wrist for the same things which bankrupt ordinary people to spend thousands of dollars defending themselves and/or time in prison.
The state trooper has to spend 30 days in a jail.
The young man who was wrongfully convicted got to spend his four years in a prison; two places as different as a diner and a 5 star restaurant.
The loss of one’s liberty can never be recovered, can never be made right.
And the young man who had to wrongfully spend four years of his life in prison has to register as a sex offender even though exonerated and innocent, while that admittedly guilty law enforcement officer walks among us with no warning to the public except for that one article in the local paper.
I have no horse in this race except as an outraged citizen.
The state trooper is free to go anywhere in the state, entire country, and repeat his actions on other children because he’s not required to register for his crime wherever he lives.
In the Fauquier.com article it states, “Whisenant recommended a sentence of nine years in prison, all but 30 days of which to be suspended, and two years of probation. As part of the plea agreement, Carson does not have to register as a sex offender. Also as part of the agreement, two additional active charges of forcible sodomy and indecent liberties with a child will be dropped.”
However, in the Plea Agreement it states, “The parties further represent that no Judge of the Circuit Court of Fauquier County, Virginia, participated in anyway in the discussions and negotiations leading up to the execution of this Plea Agreement.”
Whether Judge Whisenant is a regular judge of the Fauquier County Circuit Court, I don’t know, however if he’s acting as a judge for the Fauquier County Circuit Court at the time, then I say he IS a Judge of the Fauquier County Circuit Court.
An attorney I spoke to about the state trooper said that the reason he doesn’t have to register as a sex offender is because charges to which he pleaded do not require him to register as a sex offender, even though a common ordinary citizen would not have that option!
Mind you, as far as I’m concerned (and many attorneys agree), the sex offender registry is unconstitutional in the first place however, if an ordinary citizen must register as a sex offender for X number of years or life, then surely the same should apply to law enforcement.
What’s good for the ordinary citizen is even better for law enforcement!