Man charged with rape of teen girl

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  • K Mchenry, IL
    May 27, 2013 5:08 p.m.

    No one deserves to be victimized by violence.

  • Black & White SLC, UT
    May 27, 2013 4:47 p.m.

    I could not agree more with TruthBTold and K.

    I don't know how things are done in Logan, but obviously Jake has no children of his own, or at the least teenagers, or heaven forbid condones such things. Nor does he have any knowledge of the law and why you have to be 18 to be considered an adult or 21 to purchase most vices, including alcohol.

    The bulk of the responsibility here lies with Mr. Garcia for taking advantage of this girl and persuading to engage in an adult behavior. Sure, she made a choice, but who bought the alcohol and who made sure he was alone with the girl? I rest my case.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    May 27, 2013 1:47 p.m.

    A 21 year old should make reasonable choices. Honestly.

    She can not consent at that age. No one can consent if they are intoxicated. He hoped shed be afraid or discredited because of alcohol found in her system. Stop supporting the criminal.

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Salt Lake City, UT
    May 27, 2013 1:34 p.m.

    Showing no mercy may feel good, it may even be deserved, but it doesn't help anyone, especially victims.

    Time served often isn't relevant to change. 30 years often makes predators worse. "Showing no mercy" or "locking away for a long time" is simply ignoring the problem rather than dealing with it. Teaching some kind of repentance or change will do more good than showing no mercy.

    I don't want more social problems in 30 years. And don't say we can lock them up or execute them cause at very least, as callused as this reason is, it will never fly with people. When times change, and people reverse the decisions of the merciless, then you are still back to where you started.

    The only doctrine that helps people, victim or criminal, is to actually HELP people. The girl did something stupid, and with love and help she'll be stronger and better than she was before. Criminals aren't victims, but treatment works the same way. With love and help change is possible for some of them. Without it, all we breed is a future with more despicable crimes than the ones we already have.

  • earthquakejake Logan, UT
    May 27, 2013 12:08 p.m.

    TruthBTold, A 14 year old can make reasonable choices. If they can't by that age, it's either the parent's fault or there's something mentally wrong with the teenager. I agree with everything else you said.

    The teenager can't do what she was doing and not expect something horrible to happen. She put herself in that situation and had to learn the hard way, unfortunately. The 21 year old has some serious issues and I mainly blame his upbringing. I hope he gets locked up for a long time.

  • TruthBTold SLC, UT
    May 27, 2013 10:00 a.m.

    Legal or illegal, are you kidding? I assume your talking about immigration status..., and if so that has nothing to do with this. If you're talking about age differences in sexual assault cases, then there is no debate when it comes to a man who is 7 years older than a 14 year old girl.

    This is clearly a matter of someone in a position of dominance and power using a drug to influence another person who is immature, barely teenage, and unable to make reasonable choices.

    Whether the 21 year-old was male or female, or the victim was male or female, there is a reason why there are laws against such behaviors and actions. I cannot think of one scenario where this behavior should be condoned, in any culture or civil society. Even if the victim says it "was consensual", they do not yet possess the mental faculties to make such choices, or understand the harmful and destructive long-term effects this will have on their life. The laws were, and are, designed to help protect the innocent from predators such as this.

    I hope the young victim receives loving support and counseling.

    No mercy to the predator!

  • AmericaV Huntsville, AL
    May 27, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    Legal or illegal? It's an important question with the debates going on nowadays.