Stanford Rape Judge Aaron Persky Gave Sex Offender Robert James Chain Minimal Sentence For Child Pornography

Stanford rape Judge Aaron Persky seems to have a history of lenient sentencing when it comes to sex offenders. The six-month jail time he gave Brock Turner, despite the District Attorney suggesting the full sentence of two years in prison, was only the first to go public.

Brock Turner had been a repeated sex offender who hadn’t been caught until two Swedish students found him digitally penetrating an unconscious and intoxicated female student. It was discovered that he was allegedly a repeat rapist, and the Stanford rape judge dismissed the alleged rape charges and went with three counts of sexual assault.

Now another convict has been brought to light for owning child pornography in 2015. Federal law states that even the accidental possession of sexual images or videos featuring children under the age of 18 is a criminal offense. It doesn’t matter if the person is older now, as long as the photo or video was taken prior to their 18th birthday. You can even be caught just searching for such images on Google, as Google keeps track of them and the IP addresses of anyone who sees them.

Google will not hesitate to notify authorities of anyone who owns sexually inappropriate images of minors. However, it appears Judge Aaron Persky doesn’t feel sexual crimes are worth the proper sentences.

The problem with allowing lenient sentences against sex offenders is that it enables potential rapists and makes them less hesitant to give in to their urges. Rape can potentially destroy the victim’s life, as he or she will live with trust issues, and women might get pregnant and have to face the hard choice of abortion, giving the child up for adoption, or raising the child alone.

Robert James Chain, a 48-year-old from California, admitted to possessing such sexual images of minors, including a video of the sexual violation of an infant. He had pleaded guilty in March, 2015, and was sentenced to four days in jail. However, he didn’t even serve the full four days, say authorities. He had already spent one night in jail and Judge Aaron Persky decided he’d already done his time.

The maximum penalty for the possession of child pornography is three years in prison.

It is unknown how many other registered sex offenders the Stanford rape judge had issued a lenient sentence on, but several feminist activists, such as actress and singer Rose McGowan, took action this past month. They held a concert with a variety of music with the name of “F*** Rape Culture” in hopes of raising awareness and removing Judge Aaron Persky from his position after the Brock Turner case.

Authorities do know that the Stanford rape judge was also lenient toward a group of college basketball players accused of gang rape, and Tony Chiang for aggravated battery against his fiance.

Stanford law professor Michele Dauber had been the first to start the movement to remove Judge Aaron Persky from his position. She has also commented on the lenient sentencing of Robert James Chain.

“This sentence is incredibly lenient by the standards of the judge’s own fellow jurists in Santa Clara County. It provides further evidence for what we have been asserting since the sentencing of Brock Turner: Judge Persky exhibits a pattern of bias in sex crimes, and does not appear to understand the grave harm of these crimes.”

Judge Aaron Persky may be forced to step down if activist groups such as those led and backed by Dauber and musicians like Rose McGowan gain enough support and funds.

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