The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein



Wednesday, September 12, 2007

David E. Meyer


David E. Meyer is just 25, but he holds a sizable list of criminal offenses in his past- including a 2003 conviction for molesting a child, and more recent charges of battery by bodily waste, a felony, as well as misdemeanor battery and resisting arrest. What won't be on his record if his plea deal with Fort Wayne prosecutors goes through are the acts that actually put him into the position of resisting arrest to begin with:

Prosecutors dropped two counts of criminal deviate conduct, a count of attempted rape, a felony count of battery, a count of criminal confinement and a count of being a repeat sexual offender.
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Police arrested Meyer because a woman claimed he hit her at an undisclosed home and told her “Your boyfriend gave me permission to do what I want,” according to court records. The woman told police Meyer then sexually assaulted her, threatened to kill her, beat her, tried to rape her and held her captive for nearly an hour and a half, according to court documents.

Rather than spending the next 81 years in jail- a possibility his faced with had the more severe charges not been dropped, Meyer is looking at a quick, almost painless "up to five years" behind bars.

It's not that I don't believe that resisting arrest is a worthwhile charge, or that spitting at an officer is a silly thing to get charged with- it's that I was under the impression that we drop less serious charges, while making the perp responsible for the more serious actions. Even pleading them down is better than just tossing them out all together.

I don't know what's wrong with these people over there, but we can at least hope that the judge has the senses to laugh these idiots out of his courtroom, while insisting that any "deal" made actually includes punishing Meyer.

A judge will decide whether to accept the plea deal Sept. 24, when Meyer is scheduled to be sentenced on the charges of battery, battery by bodily waste and resisting arrest. In 2003, Meyer, who is registered as a sexually violent predator, was convicted of child molesting.