Michael Christopher Bellemur plead "No Contest" to charges relating to having sex on multiple occasions with a 12 year old child (a girl).
I've talked about this case a few times, but sentencing was yesterday. There are so many things wrong with this case I hardly know where to start.
Let's start with the place I read about this: The San Mateo Daily Journal
The writer of the article says things like: "The Burlingame man who had consensual sex multiple times with a 12-year-old girl..." and "On their first date..." and "the pair proceeded to engage in sexual activity" What the fuck kind of twisted writing is this? a 12 year old does not have consensual sex with anyone, and these were NOT dates. How the hell many times do I have to say it?
Words fail me. I've re-written the next sentence many times, and you'll just have to settle for poorly worded thoughts: Maybe the reporter was trying to maintain a "neutral" or non-biased position in this story, or something similarly ridiculous. Maybe the reporter has never been, or doesn't know anyone who has been sexually battered, bothered, inappropriately leered at, or anything like it... it's the only way I can imagine a reporter choosing these truly inappropriate words to describe the case. It's utterly offensive.
It's sad to think about the mental/emotional struggle that the girl will face as she grows older, and that she'll have this reporter's words to look back on -- words that are essentially ascribing culpability to the poor girl for something really damaging that was done to her. This reporter is simply heaping hurt onto painful hurt. Great job.
Let's talk about the charges and the DA:
On multiple occasions the fucked-up creep had sex with a 12 year old girl. He could have been charged with multiple counts of "lewd and lascivious activity with a child under 14" with special allegations for substantial sexual conduct, resulting in decades of prison time (appropriate, given the facts.) The prosecutors wanted TWO YEARS IN PRISON for the no-contest to "felony unlawful sexual intercourse" plea.
The "honorable" Judge Susan Etezadi opted to give him six months with credit for 56 days of time served. He's out and about on his $125K bond though, because the "honorable" judge gave him until the middle of January to keep molesting kids - er - report to the jail. Oh, and he doesn't have to register as a sex offender either. That way, he can keep committing the same offenses against children, and no one will be any the wiser!
Don't worry though, according to the article, Steve Wagstaffe respects Etezadi's decision, although he maintains that he wanted two years (again - What the fuck?).
SO, if you want to fuck kids, and get a minimum of time if you're caught, and aren't friends with the "right" folks, come to San Mateo County! We'll get you back on the street looking for victims in no time!