Police arrested former NFL cheerleader Elizabeth Garner last Monday for attempted sexual assault of a 12-year-old boy. Garner was reportedly drunk and attempted to perform oral sex on the boy:
Elizabeth L. Garner, who was reportedly intoxicated at the time, is accused of following the 12-year-old boy into a bathroom and attempting to perform oral sex on him, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report.
During the incident, Garner allegedly grabbed his penis on the outside of his pants and tried to take off his shorts, but the boy managed to get out of the bathroom before anything else occurred.
According to reports, the boy’s mother immediately contacted the police, and the police quickly arrested Garner.
What makes this case different from others is Garner’s excuse. Over the years, we have heard the “I’m too pretty to go to jail” excuse, the “I was abused” excuse, the “he was the abuser” excuse, and the “I thought I was in love” excuse. But never this one:
The police report stated that Garner told sex crimes detectives, “that she was drunk that evening and that she got the boy confused with a man that was also at the residence.”
When I first read that, I was actually speechless. My godson just turned 13-years-old. All of his friends are around that age, so I spent a good deal of time around 12-year-olds last year. I never once confused any of them for a man. I know many short men who look much younger than they are, but none of them look like a child. I do not even see it is possible to confuse a 12-year-old boy for a grown man. Even if the boy looks like a man, and that is doubtful, he certainly would not sound like a man. How drunk do you have to be to think a child is an adult?
Nevertheless, I am not buying the drunk excuse because of this:
The married Garner asked the boy if he’d ever been with a woman as she allegedly grabs the kids penis through the pants, even attempting to release it to perform oral sex on him.
That is not something you say to a grown man you want to have sex with. Even if she were drunk, it is really hard to believe Garner would say something like that. No, I think she knew what she was doing, and it is good that the boy refused to go along with it.
What is not so good is the comments made about the boy’s response. As Danny noted, people are mocking the boy for running away.
We can do better than that, people. This is a child. It is does not matter how pretty Garner is. This is still a child. Some drunk old (to him) woman followed him to the bathroom, felt him up, and offered him oral sex. The average 12-year-old would freak out.
People, especially men, need to stop thinking about their childhood and adult fantasies. A fantasy is much different from reality. Yes, at that age plenty of children may fantasize about having sexual encounters with older people. The older person should know better not to do it.
This boy made a very brave decision to tell. We should support him, not mock him for defending his right not to have drunk women try to rape him.