Men Who Just Don’t Get It: The Sheriff and the Judge

I don’t know who’s the bigger pig here, the sheriff who thinks his badge guarantees him the right to rape–or the judge who doesn’t consider him a menace to society:

A former North Texas sheriff pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to sexually assaulting a woman, telling her sex was the only way to avoid going to jail for drug possession.

Former Montague County Sheriff Bill Keating, 62, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will be sentenced in May for the civil rights violation.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert K. Roach did not detain Keating, saying he did not pose harm to the community and wasn’t a flight risk because of his family ties to the area.

“Did not pose harm to the community”? Funny, but reading this makes me think otherwise:

In the signed plea documents, Keating admitted to forcing the woman to perform a sex act after he and deputies went to her house to arrest her boyfriend in November. The one-term sheriff was defeated in a runoff after the March primary election, and the assault took place before his replacement was sworn in.

Keating and some jail personnel also face state charges related to having sex with inmates and taking illegal substances into the jail, Montague County District Attorney Jack McGaughey said.

Looks like this one was in office just long enough to have figured out how to use his position to ugly advantage. If that doesn’t make him a menace to society, I don’t know what does.

But then again, I suppose the judge’s line of reasoning goes something like this: “Those women were all trash anyway, so they had it coming.”

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