Sunday, December 02, 2007

Inmate Of Juvinile Facility Convicted In Rape Of Younger Inmate

I'm glad this case in Marion, Ohio didn't get derailed because of victim blaming or victim denial.

A 19-year-old man faces a sentence of 10 years to life in prison after a jury convicted him Thursday of raping a 12-year-old boy. Following a two-day jury trial, Darrel Saxon was convicted on a first-degree felony count of rape involving a child under the age of 13, according to a press release from Marion County Prosecutor Jim Slagle. Saxon, a former inmate at the Marion Juvenile Correctional Facility where the incidents allegedly occurred, faces a mandatory sentence of 10 years to life in an adult prison.

It sounds like most of the juvenile facilities in Ohio separated older offenders from the younger ones, but this facility didn't and failed to have enough safeguards.

While there are times when trying minors as adults makes the public less safe, there are definitely times when trying minor as adults is needed because the offenders will be a clear danger after they age out of the juvenile justice system.

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