Family court judge James Troiano has failed the victim. Instead of siding with the rape victim, Judge Troiano took one look at the alleged rapist, 16, and saw that he was a young white boy from a “good family,” and had worried that the prosecution had not told him about the “devastating effect” being tried for rape as an adult would have on his life.
What Judge Troiano failed to understand was that everyone knows that being tried for rape as an adult comes with massive consequences. If someone is convicted of rape, they usually get prison time – which is exactly what they deserve for assaulting another person.
The 16-year-old rapist filmed himself violating a drunk 16-year-old girl in the basement of a pajama party. The girl was visibly intoxicated and in a state of trauma. Her head was hanging down.
Then the rapist shared the video content with his friends along with a text that said, “When your first time having sex was rape.”
The judge did not want to believe it. He said it wasn’t rape. Because he thought the boy came from a “good family,” he deserved a free pass on the charges. The judge failed to realize that a rapist usually targets people they know, including friends, church members, or even their own family.
The judge denied the prosecution the chance to try the rapist as an adult – despite the fact that he filmed himself raping the drunk girl and then called it “rape” in a text.
“He is clearly a candidate for not just college but probably for a good college,” Judge James Troiano of Superior Court.
The teen has been identified as only G.M.C. in court documents. Meanwhile, the victim is identified as Mary.
She was visibly drunk at the time of the rape. The rapist led her into a darkened part of the home. But that came after she became the target of a group of boys.
“While on the sofa, a group of boys sprayed Febreze on Mary’s bottom and slapped it with such force that the following day she had hand marks on her buttocks,” according to court documents.
After he raped her, G.M.C. left the room with Mary in a heap on the floor. Her friends later checked on her and found the girl on the floor vomiting.
The next morning she woke up and was confused. She found bruises all over her bodies – the boys had been beating her – and then she told her mother she feared “sexual things had happened at the party” without her consent.
Over time, Mary learned that G.M.C. shared the video of him raping her with his friends.
“At the time he led Mary into the basement gym, she was visibly intoxicated and unable to walk without stumbling,” the prosecutor wrote. “For the duration of the assault, the lights in the gym remained off, and the door was barred by a foosball table. Filming a cellphone video while committing the assault was a deliberate act of debasement.”
Do you think this teenager should have been tried for rape?
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