Lenient Judge Allowed a Frat Boy to Walk on a Rape Charge

Texas Judge Ralph Strother disempowered rape victims everywhere this week when he allowed a plea deal giving an alleged rapist three years of probation instead of jail time.

Just days after sex trafficking victim Cyntoia Brown was sentenced to serve at least 51 years in prison for killing her abuser in self-defense, a white Texas judge lets a white Texas frat boy walk away from a rape charge with barely a slap on the wrist, and the contrast between these cases is blinding.

Jacob Walter Anderson, a 23-year-old former frat president, pled no contest on Monday to the charge of unlawful restraint. He took a plea which offered him the lesser charge, and by pleading no contest he does not have to admit guilt. He does not end up on the sex offender registry. He will not spend a day in jail. Instead, he will be on probation for three years.

According to the victim, she attended a party at Anderson’s frat, Phi Delta Theta, in February 2016. She was 19 years old. She sipped some punch and became disoriented and confused, at which point Anderson led her to a secluded area outside under the pretense that she could get some air. He then raped her repeatedly and left her unconscious and alone, “lying face down in her own vomit.”

“He stole my body, virginity and power over my body,” she said in court.

This horrific act constitutes only unlawful restraint, according to the judge and lawyers who allowed the plea deal to happen. The McLennan County district attorney’s office dismissed four counts of sexual assault against Anderson, because they did not believe they would win at trial.

The victim’s family was not informed of the deal and found out by reading the local newspaper. The victim herself was outraged.

“I not only have to live with his rape and the repercussions of the rape, I have to live with the knowledge that the McLennan County justice system is severely broken,” she said in a family statement. “I have to live with the fact that after all these years and everything I have suffered, no justice was achieved.”

The woman urged judge Strother to reject the plea and send the case to trial, but he did not. Perhaps this has something to do with his history of showing rapists leniency. Earlier this year, Strother sentenced a rapist to 30 days of jail but allowed him to leave on the weekends. Last year, he allowed a man who pleaded guilty to rape to pay for his victim’s counseling rather than spend time in jail.

Take Action

A Care2 member petition demanded those involved in the case reconsider the agreement and not go through with the plea deal. Over 120,000 people signed the petition, which was featured in The Washington Post and the Today show. Now, a second petition with over 21,000 signatures is asking for judge Strother’s resignation. Sign the petition to show your support for victims of sexual assault.

Rapists. Belong. In. Jail. One more time now, for the judges in the back.

If you want to make a difference on an issue you find deeply troubling, you too can create a Care2 petition, and use this handy guide to get started. You’ll find Care2’s vibrant community of activists ready to step up and help you.

 

Photo Credit: Waco Police Department

67 comments

Lorrie O
Lorrie O6 days ago

KN.O.W. is KN.O.W. Know. Not OK, K. Just K.

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Lorrie O
Lorrie O6 days ago

The ii of building is upon u, all the livelong day. The ii of building is upon u, u cannot get away. Do not think u can escape the m, at night or early in the morn. The ii of building is upon u, till Gabriel blows his horn.

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Cindy M. D
Cindy M. D26 days ago

There are no words to describe how disgusted and furious I am. Fire the judge, rescind the deal, and THROW MR. FRAT BOY IN JAIL!!!!!!!

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Leo C
Leo C28 days ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Julie D
Julie D29 days ago

Heinous decision by this judge, he needs to be removed from the bench permanently.

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Leo C
Leo C29 days ago

Thank you for posting!

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Amparo Fabiana Chepote
Amparo Fabiana Cabout a month ago

Unbelievable. Man protecting and forgiving man. Money still talks.

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Sherri S
Sherri Sabout a month ago

Another rich, entitled white kid gets away with a crime! I'm so sick of this same old story.

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Leo C
Leo Cabout a month ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Leo C
Leo Cabout a month ago

Thank you for sharing!

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