Happy Monday, Oklahoma. I hope you’re on the first day of a short work week. If so, that means today is actually Wednesday, or — if you’re smart and take your PTO around a holiday — a Thursday of Friday. If that’s not the case for you, go find a government or corporate job. Then you’ll receive those benefits and get to spend half your day on Facebook and The Pioneer Woman. It’s a joy.
Anyway, let’s start this week of Thanksgiving with a light-hearted topic…rape!
A former Hennessey girls basketball coach has pleaded guilty to two felony charges of second-degree rape for having sex with an 18-year-old student at the school.
The Enid News and Eagle reports that 33-year-old Ben Davis Forsythe was sentenced to 90 days in the Kingfisher County Jail and 10 years of probation after entering the plea Friday in district court.
The plea and sentence are the result of a plea deal with the district attorney’s office that was reached after Forsythe’s challenge to state law defining rape was rejected.
Forsythe admitted having sex with the then 18-year-old girl.
State law prohibits sex between a student younger than 20 and an employee of the student’s public school or vocational system who is older than 18.
I don’t want this to come across like I’m defending the perv, but outside of prostitution, how can it be a crime for a consenting adult to have sex with another consenting adult? I get the fact that what he did was tacky and gross, but the girl was 18. She could buy cigarettes, vote for the President, join the army, and be sentenced to the death penalty, but…she couldn’t have consensual sex with her high school basketball coach.
In know…I know…it’s not that simple. The sicko was her high school basketball coach! He was in a position of authority. He could – and probably did – use his influence to brainwash her a bit. He’s a perverted loser who should never coach or teach in public schools ever again. He has to be guilty of something, right?
Then again, she’s 18. She’s technically a grown up. I mean an 18-year-old sorority girl can hook up with the 32-year-old assistant football coach and they’d both think it’s cool, but when you slightly change their titles, it becomes a crime.
Anyway, I’m not sure how I really feel about this whole thing. I’m just glad I don’t have to worry about it. I guess that’s the advantage of only dating 21 to 24-year-old European fashion models. By taking that precaution, I avoid awkward moments such as engaging in intelligent conversation, pretending to care about what someone did all day or being charged with 2nd-degree rape. Maybe the perverted douche bag high school teachers should do the same.
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