This father confessed to sexually abusing his teen daughter and – because he wasn’t read his Miranda Rights – gets to walk free. And you know how rape articles usually have stomach-turning comments on them? This one has sympathetic comments about doing what was “right” – for the man, that is.
Notice there’s no mention of “dad” or his sexual abuse in the headline.
In the wake of the ruling, the suspect was released from jail Thursday on the condition that he stay away from his teenage daughter, whom he’d admitted to fondling and having sex with over a three-year period when she was 11 to 14 years old, according to court records.
Prosecutors — who said the detectives acted appropriately — have moved to try to get Johnson’s ruling reversed by an appeals court, which could save the rape case and blunt Johnson’s ruling from spreading to other criminal cases. Police said the ruling should be reversed, and they worry that if more judges adopt Johnson’s thinking, it would limit what they see as a reasonable and valuable tool.
“I have no problem with what the detectives did,” said Montgomery Police Chief J. Thomas Manger. “I have confidence in my detectives as they work these cases.”
Local defense attorneys have mixed reactions to the ruling. Some played it down; others called it courageous and overdue.
“Detectives come as close to the line as they can,” said defense attorney David Felsen, “and in this case Judge Johnson said they crossed it.”