An Idaho judge sentenced a 19-year-old sex offender to a life of celibacy, unless he gets married.
(Mirror Daily, United States) – As unusual as it would might sound, an Idaho judge sentenced a 19-year-old sex offender to a life of celibacy, unless he gets married.
The bizarre ruling came after Cody Duane Scott Herrera pleaded guilty of raping a 14-year-old girl back in March 2015. The Idaho judge placed the man on probation and enrolled him in a one-year program.
Randy Stoker, Idaho’s 5th District Judge, made an unusual ruling in the case of 19-year-old Cody Duane Scott Herrera who raped a young girl in 2015. As part of his ruling, the judge ordered Scott Herrera to take part in the year-long rider program and to be placed on probation after completing the program.
The man pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 14-year-old daughter on the 15th of March 2015. Initially, the Idaho judge sentenced the man to 15 years in prison but later decided to commute his sentence after learning that Scott Herrera had no less than 34 sexual partners in the last two years.
After reviewing his case, Stoker believed that it’s in Herrera’s best interest to seek professional help for his sex addiction. Several court documents state that before raping the 14-year-old girl, Scott Herrera had rape fantasies involving another minor. Furthermore, according to the same documents, the man would often watch pornographic material involving rape.
As part of his sentence, Scott Herrera must complete a one-year sex addiction program called the rider program. After completing the program, the man must not engage in sexual relationships until marriage. Stoker said that if Scott Herrera breaches the terms of the agreement, his sentence will be reversed, and the man will go to jail.
Moreover, Stoker said that in the event that Scott Herrera is unable to find a wife, he would be forced to live a life of celibacy.
Naturally, Stoker’s ruling quickly became the subject of controversy. The victim’s mother said that the judge ruled in favor of the man who robbed her young girl of her innocence. However, the victim’s mother isn’t the only one who believes that the Idaho judge made an error commuting the suspect’s sentence.
Shaakirrah R. Sander, an associate law professor, declared that although the judge is bestowed with discretion when formulating the terms of probations, he believes that Stoker’s solution breaches the man’s constitutional rights. To this end, he declared that if the culprit launches an appeal, he will more than likely win.
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