You have to love plea deals. They allow the state to avoid spending money on trials, and they also allow the state to maintain its status quo when it comes to sentencing. For instance, when Julie Diane Green threw a party last August for her children, she allowed some of the children invited to the party to drink alcohol. She then proceeded to rape one of the 14-year-old boys at the party.
Somehow the police became aware of the crime, arrested Green and charged her with rape and endangering the welfare of a minor. While the latter is not a serious charge, the former definitely is. It is a felony that usually carries a 5 to 15-year sentence. Of course, Green did not get that. Instead:
An Astoria woman has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for raping a 14-year-old boy at a party.
The Daily Astorian reports that 35-year-old Julie Diane Green pleaded no contest last Friday to rape and endangering the welfare of a minor. [...] Green also must serve 36 months on probation for the rape conviction and another 36 months for the second conviction. She also must register as a sex offender.
Thirty days in jail for raping a boy. She will serve more time on probation than in jail despite being convicted of a felony. It is one hell of a slap on the wrist, and another example of how female sex offenders get a pass. The victim did not even want to come to the sentencing, which may suggest that he was disgusted by the sentence as well.
Would a man have received the same sentence? Probably not. If he had, one could be sure that it would prompt a host of outrage and the sentence might get tossed out in favor of actual prison time.
It is an embarrassment to say the least. The worst punishment Green will receive is being placed on the sex offender registry. However, given her gender that is not likely to pose any real problems for her, so she has essentially gotten away with drugging a child and raping him.
Nicely done, Oregon.