Judge Michael Gibbens says teenage victims of sexual abuse were the ‘aggressors’

Judge Michael Gibbens says teenage victims of sexual abuse were the ‘aggressors’

A judge has made explosive claims young teenagers were partly to blame for being sexually abused, labelling the victims of the predator as “aggressors”.

The judge from the state of Kansas also handed out a sentence to the 67-year-old man that was below state guidelines for his crimes.

Leavenworth County District Judge Michael Gibbens made his controversial remarks as he sentenced Raymond Soden to five years and 10 months in prison for soliciting two girls, aged 13 and 14, for sex.

Soden found the girls on the internet and negotiated to pay them for sex.

“I do find that the victims in this case, in particular, were more an aggressor than a participant in the criminal conduct,” Judge Gibbens said in remarks at the sentencing in December.

“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.”

Under state guidelines, Soden faced a minimum sentence of 13 years, which aligned with requests by the prosecution. He has prior convictions for sexual battery and battery.

In his remarks, the judge referred to the young teens going to Soden’s home after he found them on the internet.

The judge added, “They were certainly selling things monetarily that it’s against the law for even an adult to sell.” He was also influenced by neither victim being present for the paedophile’s sentencing.

Back in August Soden pleaded no contest to the felony of electronic solicitation.

He also admitted to knowing the youngest teenager was only 13.

Prosecutors who handled the case are considering appealing the sentence.

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