Sex between man, 40, and girl, 15, ruled not criminalI think he is wrong. Of course, I did not sit through the trial and hear all the evidence. And no doubt the girl was very convincing - but then she would be, wouldn't she.
He didn't have position of trust or authority over her, judge says
Robert Koopmans, Kamloops Daily News
Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I have a nasty feeling too that old men - like judges - have a hard time remaining objective in cases like this, and I cannot help but wonder if the judge identified too closely with the accused. But I am also a father. And if I found out that my daughter had had a relationship with a man who had been her coach in any activity, I would be outraged too. And if his age were 19 or 49 I would be equally angry.
Authority maybe not, but trust absolutely. Would you let your teenaged daughter be put into a position like this with a man you could not trust? Was the trust of these parents abused - you betcha!
The precedent this decision sets is appalling. For many male coaches do have authority over young girls. They get to decide who bats first, who gets the ice time, who goes on the field trip, who goes on the overnight camp out.
I trust that this case will go to appeal