Crescent City, CA — 20-year-old Nolan Bruder received a few days active time and probation from a judge, going against the suggestions of the District Attorney and Probation Department. His crime? Raping his 16-year-old sister.
According to KRCTV, earlier this month Bruder pleaded guilty to rape of an intoxicated person.
He said in his confession that his teenage sister refused to have sex with him. Consequently, he gave her high-potency marijuana known as ‘dabs’ to smoke. Once she reached the point where she was too stoned to recognize him, he took advantage of her.
Judge William H. Follett sentenced Bruder to just three years, and then suspended all but 240 days of that. Ultimately, Bruder was then given probation.
District Attorney expressed that “he could not disagree more” with the judge’s decision.
Judge Follett said he believes “the stigma” of Bruder’s conviction in addition to ‘mandatory sex offender registration’ would deter him and other members of the community from repeating it.
“I could not disagree more,” said the DA, “The message that this sends to our community is that sexual predators who get their juvenile siblings stoned enough can have sex with them without any meaningful consequence. That is not the message I want to send to our community.”
During the sentencing, Judge Follet pointed out that the victim removed her own clothes and was not unconscious. He also doubted if there was enough evidence for a jury to convict him of a crime.
At the trial, Deputy District Attorney Annmarie Padilla, disputed that Judge Follet should take heed of the Probation Department’s recommendation of six years in prison.
Bruder’s crime took place before the Brock Turner case. In that case, Turner, a swimmer at Stanford University, spent three months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. After that case, the California legislature changed the law to make such crimes ineligible for probation.
Because Bruder’s crime happened before the Turner ruling, that law will have no affect on his case.
Trigg felt that this case was worse than Turner’s, due to him taking advantage “of a position of trust as the victim’s big brother.”
He said, “He knew she didn’t want to have sex with him. She told him that repeatedly. So he got her stoned on dabs he gave her until she didn’t even recognize him in order get what he wanted.”
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