Wow, it sure is good to be white in America. You can do just about anything and get away with it these days if you find the right judge. And you happen to be white.
In 2013, Kraigen Grooms sexually assaulted a 2-year-old girl while another man allegedly watched online and recorded the assault. Grooms was all of 16 at the time. The entire event is on film and he confessed. Go directly to jail. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.
An Ottumwa teen who plead guilty to raping a child will not serve any time in prison.
Kraigen Grooms, 19 was sentenced Monday by Judge Myron Gookin in the Wapello County Courthouse to served a 10 year suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to one count of Engaging in a lascivious act with a child.
Did we mention that investigators believe he was planning a repeat performance on a little boy before he got caught? And, sure, he spent two years in the county jail awaiting his trial but that’s ALL the time he’s doing. We can’t even point to affluenza this time since it appears his mother couldn’t raise the $100,000 cash-only bond to get him out before his trial.
There’s this funny quirk in the American justice system; on the one hand, prison is supposed to be a punishment for criminals who do bad things. “Toss’em in and let’em rot!” seems to be the prevailing theory. Curiously, this seems to only apply to criminals with a, shall we say, darker complexion.
On the other hand, prison is a terrible place that will actively harm the future prospects of people who do bad things but are, at heart, not bad people. Even more curiously, this theory seems to only apply to criminals that can sunburn easily. Especially to criminals of the male persuasion accused of sexual assault.
Grooms’ suspended sentence is even more egregious for the fact that it’s on video. It was planned. It was done for someone else’s perverse entertainment. There’s no “Oh, he didn’t realize what he was doing” defense here. You cannot ask the victim if she led him on. You can’t blame alcohol. A 16-year-old monster sexually assaulted a toddler and recorded it so others could see.
And he won’t spend another day in prison for it.
Some people are going to protest that I made this about race but close your eyes for a moment and try to imagine a judge letting a black man walk free after sexually assaulting a toddler. Does that sound like sound like something that would ever happen?
I didn’t think so.
Featured image via Wapelleo County Jail