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"One Pass" for Rapist Who Strangled, Masturbated on Victim

by CM 4 months ago in guilty
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Rape laws in many U.S. states protect victims only when their is actual penetration

When prosecutor Andrew Grannick spoke in court, he swiftly stated,

“I would like this gentleman to be on notice this is his one pass.”

“It’s not really a pass, but given the conduct, one might consider that it is,” Grannick finished.

Grannick gave this statement at the sentencing hearing for then 34-year-old Justin Schneider, who was charged with four felonies, including kidnapping and assault, against a woman named Lauren who he picked up from an Anchorage, Alaska gas station. The man will not serve prison time for the incident.

On August 15, 2017, Schneider picked up the victim from a gas station. He offered to give her a ride. She was headed to her boyfriend’s home. Schneider agreed to give her a ride to her boyfriend’s home. Instead, he drove her to a secluded location and choked her until she passed out.

Once unconscious, Schneider held his hand around her throat to hold her down, telling the victim he would kill her if she screamed. He then proceeded to masturbate on her with the other hand.

When he finished and the victim awoke, he told her that he was not going to kill her, he just needed her to think that until he was sexually satisfied.

He got back in his car and drove off. The victim wrote down the plate number as he sped away.

Schneider Arrested

Police charged Schneider with kidnapping, assault, and two additional felonies. He pleaded guilty to a felony assault charge in exchange for a two-year sentence, with one-year suspended, plus three-years probation. He received credit for time served while awaiting trial and was quickly released from jail wearing an ankle monitor. He moved back into the home he shared with his wife and two kids.

Judge Michael Corey, who presided over the case, explained the sentence was based on the prospect of Schneider getting rehabilitation. Rape laws in Alaska -and many other U.S. states made prosecuting him on sexual assault charges impossible.

Definition of Sexual Assault in Alaska

In Alaska, the definition of sexual assault is very narrow: “knowingly touching, directly or through clothing, the victim’s genitals, anus, or a female breast.” Schneider did not touch Lauren’s genitals nor did he force her to touch his genitals, he touched his own genitals, disqualifying him from a charge of sexual assault.

The victim was not present during the sentencing phase of Schneider’s trial. Garrick says he attempted to contact her but could not locate her.

After his arrest, Schneider lost his job as an air traffic controller for the federal government, which according to Grannick was a “life sentence.”

Rape Statistics in the U.S.

Less than 2% of all rapes are reported -and those that do get reported rarely go to trial. Most defendants accept plea deals offered by the prosecution, which eliminates the need to go to trial. When cases go to trial, they often face a jury for a decision. Juries say it is not easy to prove forcible sex- or rape, occurred, Proving the person did not give consent to have sexual contact or intercourse is difficult when it is one person’s word against another, jurors in another rape case told BuzzFeed News in 2017.

Of the 50 U.S. states and outlining territories, 44 do not have a legislated definition of sexual assault that mentions contact with semen, according to BuzzFeed News researchers.

Schneider’s Loophole: HB 14

HB 14, also called “Schneider’s loophole,” was enacted in July 2019 by Representative John Lincoln, making the act of ejaculating on a person without their consent a sex crime and reclassifying strangulation to the point of unconsciousness as an act of first-degree assault.

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