Friday, April 18, 2008

Sheriff Running Sex-slave Racket

Oklahoma sheriff charged with using inmates as sex slaves - Yahoo! News I'm sure this was just one lone officer having a bad day year. NOT! This case is the worst abuse of power I've read about in some months.
ARAPAHO, Okla. - Authorities have charged a western Oklahoma sheriff with coercing and bribing female inmates so he could use them in a sex-slave operation run out of his jail.

Custer County Sheriff Mike Burgess resigned Wednesday just as state prosecutors filed 35 felony charges against him, including 14 counts of second-degree rape, seven counts of forcible oral sodomy and five counts of bribery by a public official.
There are a few more charges like suborning perjury and kidnapping. He faces a total of 467 years in jail if convicted - though it's unlikely he would be sentenced to that.

And for all of that, he was faced with $50,000 bail. He posted and was released.

The Criminal Justice System (so-called) is not about justice, and often includes a lot of criminal behavior. (Check the Cops Behaving Badly link.)

Oh, the other cops? Well the under-sheriff was "shocked." I imagine a lot of people are going to proclaim their ignorance and innocence. "I know nothing" will become a mantra very soon. Of course, he didn't do all of this in a vacuum, and other officers had to know about it. I wonder if any of them will face justice, or if anything will be done to ensure this doesn't happen again. [iFeminists]

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