I think I have had just about enough of women virtually being excused in child sex crimes. This case is really disturbing, because the victim killed himself when his perpetrator told him their relationship was over.
I always wonder if sexual perpetrators of children would still commit their crimes if they were given a video tape of all the physical, emotional, and psychological damage their victims will experience, and for some victims, the suicides.
~Cañon City, CO. “…Brenda Harding was sentenced to lifetime probation with a minimum of 10 years Monday for sexual assault on a child.
The charges are the result of an investigation into the suicide of 15-year-old Tristen Hagen of Buena Vista in April, who was reported missing April 2 by his father…”
“Harding, 30, was charged in May with one count each of sexual assault on a child, sexual assault on a child as a pattern of abuse, sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and sexual assault on a child by person in a position of trust with a pattern of abuse. “
If this had been a 30 year-old man, who raped a 15 year-old girl, he most likely would have received a number of years in prison, but gender was in this sexual predator’s favor.
“His stepfather, Marlo Padilla, and father, Mike Hagen addressed the court. Hagen said his son’s death was a direct result of his relationship with Harding. “We found his lifeless body on a hill,” he said. “She was told by me and other people to leave him alone. We dont want to see this happen to anyone else.”
“Tristen could not deal with the relationship and the relationship ending, and within 24 hours, Tristen was dead, LeDoux said. This is the perfect illustration why we have these laws to protect young people in the community. LeDoux also read a letter from Tristen’s sister, Tiara Roberts, who said Harding was told on several occasions to stay away from my brother.
Harding’s mother, Deannette Knight, pleaded with the court for an opportunity to bring her daughter home so she could have a chance in the adult world. Harding addressed the court before her sentencing, apologizing to Tristen’s family and taking full responsibility for her actions.
“I’m sorry for what has happened, not only because his life is gone,” she said, “he was a friend of mine, and it went beyond that.”
Yes, you stupid bitch, you were his babysitter and you broke a position of trust and violated a position of authority.
“Judge Julie Marshall said she was not sentencing Harding for Tristen’s death.”
Well she should have! If sexual predators were all sentenced based on what kind of pain their victims go through, then most of them would be in prison for life.
“Harding will serve 90 days in jail, beginning Monday; serve lifetime sex offense specific probation; and is to have no contact with anyone under the age of 18, including her own two children, until a risk assessment can be completed.
Investigators found a condom wrapper on Tristen’s body that matched a box spotted at Harding’s home; his music player was there, too. Harding told cops she’d last seen Tristen on April 1, the night before he disappeared. The theory: She’d told him the affair was over, and he took his own life out of remorse.”
Did Tristen leave the condom wrapper on his body, on purpose, to symbolize that the sex abuse killed him? Did Tristen’s self-indulgent perpetrator have sex with him one more time before telling her victim that she was ending the relationship (sex abuse)?