On Nov. 26, 2014, in Grand Rapids, MI, Abigail Simon (a former tutor at a Catholic high school) was convicted at trial of three counts of “first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony with a maximum sentence of 25-years to life in prison and a mandatory minimum of 8-25 years, for allegedly having sex with a student whom she claimed was the aggressor in their sexual intrigue and forced himself on her 3 times; and also the felony of “accosting a minor for immoral purposes” for exchanging hundreds of emails and text messages with her “victim,” a 6’3″, 220 lb. biological man of 15 and football star who initially confessed to authorities and also testified under oath at a pretrial hearing that Abigail’s version of what occurred was true but later recanted and claimed not only that he didn’t force himself on her but also that she was the initiator of their liaison and controlled the action.
According to a man who believed her testimony and was thus sympathetic to Abigail, commenting on the internet after her conviction, he recanted and changed his story after being threatened with charges of rape by prosecutors who believed Abigail was “guilty” and wanted to prosecute her not only for “accosting a minor for immoral purposes,” a felony with a maximum-sentence of 4-years in prison and other mandatory punishments, but also “first-degree criminal sexual conduct.”
On Jan. 14, 2015, the judge was “merciful,” imposing the mandatory-minimum sentence of “only” 8-25 years in prison. He conceded that she was not a “predator” who was likely to “re-offend” and that her “victim” also knew their intrigue was “wrong” and was thus “partly responsible.” Thus he was not a CSA victimologist, fanatical and dogmatic. But he didn’t have the “discretion” to impose a sane and “just” and condign and rational sentence.
Even if he had such discretion, however, he probably would have sentenced her to 4-6 years in prison if not longer rather than “only” 6-12 months in jail or 1-2 years in prison, knowing the hysteria and outrage that such “leniency” would provoke not only in Grand Rapids and Michigan but nationwide: universal condemnation, publicly and privately, vitriol and rebukes from CSA victimologists, their votaries and voices in the media, MRAs, and the tens of millions of people they’ve brainwashed, including politicians. And, of course, a barrage of hate-mail and death threats and perhaps even assaults and/or vandalism.
Under the law and to most people, chimerically as opposed to factually, she was so dangerous, such a “threat to society” and all the children of Michigan, that she couldn’t be released on bond but had to be enslaved in jail for almost two months before sentencing. At her sentencing, in a drab unisex denim jumpsuit, with no makeup, her medium-brown hair in a pony-tail with the blonde “highlights” largely faded, in handcuffs attached to a waist-chain and leg-irons for well over 2-hours, so weakened by fear and despair and lack of sleep that she could barely walk or even stand and almost collapsed twice, she appeared to be on the verge of a “nervous breakdown” after “only” 7-weeks in jail.
Imagine her feelings, the excruciating torment, the emotional torture, the gratuitous degradation, shackled like a wild beast or violent felon for over two hours for no exigent and practical reason and forced to hear the SVU detectives, the prosecutor, various “experts,” CSA victimologists,” the “victim’s” mother, etc., ludicrously portray and demonize her as a monster and degenerate, a “sexual predator,” “child molester,” “pedophile,” even a “rapist”(?); and the biological man of 15 who raped her if she’s telling the truth as a whole or essentially, and who enjoyed the sex more than she did even if she’s lying about his being the aggressor and/or forcing himself on her, laughably defined and pitied as a “victim” of “rape” and CSA who is “traumatized” and “scarred for life.”
And the “victim’s” mother, vicious in her lust for vengence, implored the judge to be “severe in his sentencing,” i.e., to impose the maximum sentence of 25-years to life in prison rather than the mandatory-minimum of “only” 8-25 years, which was scandalously lenient for a woman who “used” a “child” and “little boy” for her “perverted desires” in a state and country in which violent male recidivist criminals are repeatedly and systematically coddled. How crestfallen and outraged she must have been when the judge abjured her pleas and sentenced Abigail to “only” 8-25 years in prison.
8-25 years in prison for a first-offender convicted of a nonviolent and victimless and malum prohibitum felony; 8-25 years in prison for crimes that are legal acts in dozens of other nations, including most European countries; 8-25 years in prison for “crimes” in which the “victim” craves and enjoys the actus reus (i.e., the sex) far more than the woman who “rapes” and/or “molests” him and is often if not usually the aggressor and initiator of his phantasmal and theoretical “victimization”; 8-25 years in prison for transporting a biological man of 15 to sexual paradise in a factually consensual relationship.
And that’s assuming she’s “guilty” and lying about his raping and terrorizing her. If her story is truthful, completely or essentially, then she was sentenced to 8-25 years in prison because her “victim” was not only the aggressor in their sexual intrigue, which is not exculpatory, but also forced himself on her, as with Melissa Bittner and Cassandra Sorenson-Grohall, who were raped and/or molested by their definitional “victims.”
8-25 years in prison in a country in which, during the 1990s, the average time-served for murder (including non-negligent manslaughter) was less than 6-years and the average time-served for all violent crimes (aggravated assault, rape, robbery, homicide) was approximately 4-years. And these averages are even more execrable, appalling, and outrageous than they first appear, since one can reasonable assume that 80-90% of such felonies were committed by violent recidivists, overwhelmingly males with histories of violence and predation beginning at age 13 or 14, and most of whom should have been buried in prison rather than free to commit their latest violent felonies. And it’s likely that such averages are even lower today.
And she could have been sentenced to 25-years to life for “crimes” that are legal acts in most other nations, including European countries!