Arizona politician’s son cuts plea deal after sodomizing kids at camp.

Apparently when your dad is Arizona’s Senate president you can get away with shoving various objects up the asses of other kids:

The son of Arizona’s Senate president confessed that he and another counselor shoved broomsticks and flashlights into the rectums of 18 boys in at least 40 incidents at a youth camp in June.

Now Yavapai County prosecutors say they will drop all but one assault charge and likely recommend little or no jail time if 18-year-old Clifton Bennett agrees to plead guilty.

A similar agreement has been offered to co-defendant Kyle Wheeler, 19, who faces an additional assault charge for choking three of the boys until they passed out.

According to the prosecutors these incidents weren’t technically sexual assault because they couldn’t prove the two young men had sexual intentions in performing the act, but sexual assault experts say intent has nothing to do with the issue and even the prosecutors admit they’d start from a different standpoint had the victims been girls.

“They could have been charged with sexual assault,” said Sue Eazer, supervisor of the Pima County Attorney’s Special Victims Unit. “Sexual assault is oftentimes not motivated by sexual desire.”

Eazer said she has prosecuted several sexual-assault cases involving objects being shoved into children’s body cavities.

“It makes no difference to me if it is a male or female (victim),” she said, adding that intent can be a factor in cases of child molestation, where a parent might be accused of touching an infant while changing a diaper.

The Yavapai County case has national implications for the legal system, said Andrew Vachss, a lawyer specializing in child cases and a best-selling author who uses profits from his books to fund legal work for abused kids.

“This is a theory of prosecution that is based on taking the word of the perpetrators,” Vachss said in a phone interview from his New York office. “That’s what you have juries for . . . Let the perps tell a jury, ‘I inserted a foreign object into the rectums of little boys, but I had no sexual intent.’ “

Vachss, who was asked to comment on the case by The Arizona Republic, said most state laws on sexual assault require only insertion, not intent.

Needless to say, the parents of the victims are a bit pissed off about this arrangement:

“Our biggest concern is that these kids are going to do it again,” said the mother of an 11-year-old Tucson boy. “My son had something shoved up his butt seven or eight times. If that’s not sexual assault, what is?”

Under the plea deal the 36 counts both men were charged with will be reduced to a single charge in exchange for a guilty plea:

Under the plea agreements Bennett and Wheeler could face a maximum two years in prison. But the court could reduce the charges to a misdemeanor and no jail time.

Prosecutors have told parents that they are going to recommend Bennett and Wheeler get five days in jail on the one count, said Lynne Cadigan, a lawyer for two victims.

“If you rape 18 women, would you only be charged with one count?” she said.

You would if your dad is an important politician in Arizona it would seem.


10 thoughts on “Arizona politician’s son cuts plea deal after sodomizing kids at camp.

  1. It’s so interesting to me when the moral majority gets caught with their pants down and then they don’t want the devients punished. These boys are violent rapists who even attempted to strangle a few kids to death. They should be tried as adults and locked up for the rest of their warped lives.A slap on the wrist guarantees that they will continue to do whatever they want to whomever they want. I hope the parents of all the victims sue the shit out of these fuckers and their families.

    I am sick of this “boys will be boys” bullshit.
    Rape is rape. It is a violent crime. It needs to be a lock them up and throw away the key mentality instead of eh, six months suspended sentence. Otherwise, these sick fuckers will keep doing and escalate, liek with the little girl in Fla. who was raped and buried alive.
    Lock up rapists and pedophiles and throw away the key!!

  2. I’m sure if the tables were turned and the sons of the politicians were the ones who were violated, there’d be all hell to pay for the boys that did it.

    What an outrage. I feel sorry for the parents of those who were violated,  who will have to watch the sick fucks walk. I’ll bet one of them goes vigilante. I know I’d have a hard time containing myself.

    Makes me sick. A regular person would be tried for 40 counts.

    I’m sorry I even read this post. Damn.


  3. wow that is possibally the most disgusting thing I have ever heard, it shocks me as a person to how they can get away with this, these people are pedo’s and they are being set free, this kids will never be the same again and are probablly scared for there lives espcially since the assulters are off scot free, Im glad we have people in this world that hunt down pedophiles and rapists because they got a disease(blessing) in there head that says to do it. Give em a gun and send em to Arazonia for a week, so disgusting, pity is that it makes the news and even with overwhelming public outcry nothing is getting done. GRRRR

  4. Have you read the County Attorney’s response to the criticism these people are getting?  If I can find link I’ll post a link.  She’s blaming the media for distorting the case.  Interesting, considering the police report, the perverts’ confessions and a lot of the trial transcript are online and anybody can actually look at the facts. 

    But, these were good mormon boys and will no doubt be off on a mission within the year to spread sodomy and their family values worldwide.

  5. Pardon me for not following the leader but …

    I went back thru the link and read up a bit on the

    shoving various objects up the asses of other kids


    Interesting to read, the way I understood it, that they all had their clothes on, so, something could not have been shoved up, or even into, the arse, per se.

    It was done (according to what I read) in front of all the other boys.
    That’s not good BUT, if it hadda been done in secrecy with threats of ‘real violence’ if they blabbed, that woulda been a different situation.
    There’s a lotta difference between Abuse and Embarrassment.

    I’m not saying that it wouldn’t have pissed me off if I was a parent, but, let’s keep all this in perspective without all the emotive ‘kill ‘m both, again and again’ language that goes along with the disgust at these actions.
    Yes, most of these young boys are gonna need a bit of counselling.
    But please, smart, intelligent counselling – not the type that says: You were a victim of the most disgusting abuse encountered by any human on the planet, ever!

    Kids dying needlessly from starvation in Africa, is abuse.
    Soldiers, requisitioned to die in the Iraqi based-on-fucking-bullshit-and-won-two-years-ago-anyway war, is abuse or is that pre-meditated murder? I doubt there are too many politicos’ sons there.
    Unwanted, unloved kids being forced into the world because of Pro-lifers’ narrow-mindedness, is abuse.
    Abuse, is an abused word in our world of words, I think.

    And I haven’t bothered to mention that people with influence always get a better deal that those without because, well, it’s natural, isn’t it?
    Anyone would use their influence to protect their progeny.
    You’d be mad if you didn’t. It doesn’t make it right, but … why the surprise?

    I must admit I am a sick puppy for finding amusement in the letters’ language, people wrote at

    shoving various objects up the asses of other kids

    When I remember (not nearly often enough) and use my intellect instead of being a slave to my emotion, I try to find something funny in any situation, because it’s always there. Ask any comedian after any disaster, be it natural or otherwise.
    The disaster’s intensity determines the interval between the happening and the joke.
    It took almost a week to hear my first 9/11 joke, four days for a Tsunami joke and two days for a Katrina joke. Vietnam was a good place for jokes.

    The main thing I laughed at was the use of @#$%&.
    Would you believe that, amongst other words, @#$%& translated (in) to: Shut, Assume, Sexual (on many occasions), Ass, Assault, Rectum, Anus, Fuck, Shit, Offence, Sex (on many occasions – what is it telling us?), Jesus, and Jesus Christ.
    The best use of @#$%& was, of course, in the phrase ‘broom up the @#$%& or @#$%&. Did I miss where it said these young fellas were hermaphrodites?

    The other thing I laughed at was the abuse that the LDS religion copped, including some minimal discussion as to whether it was a Xian religion or a cult.
    Like, who really gives a shit?
    Anyway, only one of the defendants was a Mormon.
    The other was a protest-ant, as Dad (88) likes to call them.
    He’s a bit of an anti-theist.
    I always smile coz I never know whether to focus on the Ant or the Protest.

    Anyway, there it is and, it’s coming up to that time of year again.
    Peter, come here.
    Yes, Lord?
    I can see our house from up here.

  6. The fact that the kids had underwear on doesn’t mean this shouldn’t qualify as a sexual assault. It also doesn’t completely prevent objects from being inserted into their asses either. Talk to any emergency room worker for examples of how far you can get something into someone’s ass through a pair of tighty whities or boxers.

    Also, no one’s surprised by the fact that kids of privileged parents are getting off easy, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be outraged by it. Simply because you expect something such as that to be true doesn’t mean it shouldn’t piss you off and motivate you to protest.

  7. It was done (according to what I read) in front of all the other boys.That’s not good BUT, if it hadda been done in secrecy with threats of ‘real violence’ if they blabbed, that woulda been a different situation. There’s a lotta difference between Abuse and Embarrassment.

    You don’t think shoving something up the ass of an unwilling child is “abuse”???  You don’t think sodomizing a child with a broomstick is “real violence?”

    You think it’s merely an embarassment because it was done in front of other children?

    Your equation of this abuse (or lack thereof) with the “abuse” of starving children, et al. is lacking.  There is a difference between tragic circumstance and abuse.

    One can laugh at a twisted joke about anything, and I’m usually the first to see the sick humor in almost any situation, but that makes the abuse no less palpable or real.  Don’t quite get your comparison here.

    I do, however, agree with you that the boys’ counseling should consist of more than the “you’re a victim forever” therapy.

  8. I have a son…my first son who is 11 mo old.  If someone even thought about touching him in that way…I am not sure what I would do.  I would make sure that…at any and ALL cost…something would be done to those “so-called” kids.  What constitutes a “kid” now-a-days…when l2 y/o are having sex.  These sick little bastards need to pay for what they have done.  I don’t care who their father is. (and wouldn’t a social worker, nurse, or cop be fired or have their licenses taken away if their kids committed such horrendous acts?)  Even the military would dishonorably discharge a Father who tolerated these activities…) What kind of apathy is this?

    What about the psychological long-term ramificatoins of their “so-called” non sex acts to these boys? I fired a day care worker for less…and almost turned her into DSS for taking a bath with my baby.  I know that these kids would not be walking free…if it had been my brother, son, or friend’s child.  I would gather petitions…and appeals…they would not walk free.  I feel sorry for these abusers…they really might want to look over their shoulders at night because I am sure there are a lot of people in that part of the country that will be looking for them.  Parents in the South have their children taken away for far less acts…even spanking thir own children.

    How can anyone buy that these were not sexual acts?  Has our society become so damn complacent that they won’t prosecute criminals anymore?  I am really considering moving out of this country!  There doesn’t seem to be any TRUE justice.  Are the masses going to have to take justice into their own hands…no wonder other countries look down the noses of Americans.  What a SICK, SICK, apathetic, immoral, so-called justice system we have? 

    Quit making excuses for criminals!  Quit slapping them on the hands…start enforcing stricter laws against rape, sodomy, and child abusers.  I am sick of it.  It makes me want to become a lawyer so I can go after these bastards…

    And what kind of justice system keeps serial killers alive?  These kids have committed acts that are disgusting and horrendous and will lead to other deviant behaviors.  Make them do their jail sentence like real men…they want to act like men and buliies…so, let them pay the price like men and bullies…subject them to the same acts they inflicted on boys…stick them in jail for about 5 years each…if not longer. 

    These actions cannot go on being tolerated…what the hell is wrong with this country?  And if their Father (or any Father) cannot see that his sons don’t need to be punished for their heinous crimes…what kind of man is he?  And why is he allowed to work in any political capacity?

    If I had stuck something up the rectum of any congressman’s wife or son…they would lock me up and throw away the key.

    What kind of unfair double standards are these?
    I feel sorry of the parents of the abused children…I think they need to get as mnay signatures as they can and try and get an appeal and take it to a higher level court…or, try them in another state!  Do something…don’t let these criminals get awy with their crimes!  FIGHT…damnit!

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