Kansas judge calls teen girls the 'aggressor' in sex abuse case

Kansas judge calls teen girls the 'aggressor' in sex abuse case

Kansas judge calls teen girls the 'aggressor' in sex abuse case

He reduced the sentence of Raymond Soden, who was convicted past year. He later told police he knew the girl was underage.

"I think that a 13-year-old who offered what she offered for money is certainly an aggressor, particularly since she's the one that had to travel to Mr. Soden", Gibbens said.

A Kansas judge has come under fire for saying in court that two girls-solicited by an online predator to have sex with him when they were 13 and 14-were partly to blame for what happened to them.

Raymond Soden used Facebook to contact the girls, offering money for nude photos and sexual favors, according to The Kansas City Star. The judge even held not showing up for Soden's sentencing against them.

Judge Michael Gibbens granted a downward departure under state sentencing guidelines in December when he sentenced Raymond Soden to five years and 10 months in prison.

He then met her older daughter, who he described as the "pimp" for her younger sisters.

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Gibbens also cited Soden's advanced age, bad health, and poor intellectual performance in handing down the relatively light sentence.

Gibbens also questioned the level of harm the victims suffered because they didn't appear at the sentencing hearing.

"And so she's uncomfortable for something she voluntarily went to, voluntarily took her top off of, and was paid for?" He noted it was "possible" they had tried to arrange for Soden to be robbed, as alleged by the defense attorney. "It doesn't matter what the girls did or didn't do, he is still the adult and nobody deserves to be taken advantage of sexually", Michelle Herman said, according to the paper. A child rights group said the girls were the victims, not the aggressors.

Prosecutors are researching an appeal after a Kansas judge called two teenage girls the "aggressor" in a sexual encounter with a 67-year-old man and eased his prison sentence.

"We always try to zealously advocate for the victims and community safety in every case we pursue", Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson told the outlet.

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