Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Kyle Payne sentenced

From Iowa Independent:

Stating that a major violation of trust had occurred, District Court Judge Don Courtney sentenced Iowa blogger and self-proclaimed male feminist Kyle Payne to serve time in the Buena Vista County Jail for invasion of privacy.

Payne received 360 days, with 180 days suspended on each of two counts of invasion of privacy, a serious misdemeanor charge. He was also given one year of probation on each count. On the charge of 2nd degree attempted burglary, a felony, Payne received an indeterminate term of prison not to exceed five years, with incarceration suspended. He will placed on probation for three years.

In addition, under a new portion of Iowa law that involves sexually-related crimes, Payne was given a 10 year period of parole. That sentence begins at the end of his regular term of probation. Because of the nature of his crime, he will not be required to register as a sex offender in the state of Iowa.

...Judge Courtney, acknowledging his sentence as a compromise that would please no one, said he opted for county jail time instead of a prison term because of the both Payne’s age and the fact that he had no prior criminal record. One of the conditions of his probation will be to follow the directions of the correctional team, including continued therapy and counseling

So yeah, probation, suspension, and doesn't have to register as a sex offender, no great surprises; still, six months in county, and he's going to be monitored for a good long while there. Golden boy permanently tarnished, at the least.

No surprise here either really:

This is the type of thing that happens, but not to you,” said the victim as she read a pre-prepared impact statement in court today. “… You might be given jail time, but for me this is like a life sentence.”

She added that since she was unconscious, Payne is the only person who truly knows what happened that night and left the implication hanging that there might have been more to the event than him partially undressing her, touching her inappropriately and shooting photographs and video.

The fact that he's seeing any jail time at all is more of a surprise, frankly. I'm sure he'll be a model prisoner, you know. egh. At minimum hopefully this'll follow him so far he'll never have any credibility in any feminist circles ever again. It'd be nice to think that'd extend as far as "any position of trust ever again," but well, world's a big place, and I am cynical. Still and all.

The victim’s mother, who also provided an impact statement in court, said that the incident had “crushed the spirit of her daughter” and has fractured her ability to trust others.

“You are a sick young man,” the mother said. “I think you’ve done this before and will do it again. Our family does not accept your apology. We do not care about your self-inflicted suffering. You reap what you sow.”


ETA: partial list of links to more commentary here at Hoyden About Town.


Renee said...

I really do believe he should have had to register as a sex offender though.

andi said...

I was hoping he would have to register as a sex offender too.
Once again, the offender is coddled.

shiva said...

Let's hope he meets someone worse in there. Or, if not, his victim's family waiting for him when he gets out...

Ohma said...

If some dumbass 14 year old who got caught wanking off to porn on his laptop in a public library had to register as a sex offender (and spend about a year and a half in prison), then Kyle certainly deserves to be there as well.