No, that headline is too mild. This motherfucker went out of his way - multiple times - to say nearly outright that 13-year-old girls deserved to be sexually abused by an adult.
He's protecting child rapists so enthusiastically you'd think he was a catlick bishop.
He should be thrown off the bench and stripped of his law license.
Valerie Honeycutt-Spears at the Herald:
The Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission on Monday publicAly reprimanded an Eastern Kentucky judge for comments he made about juvenile girls during the sentencing of an male teacher convicted of sexually abusing the students.Just throw him in prison. They're big on consent to sexual acts in prison.
Frank Fletcher, chief circuit judge for the 39th judicial circuit of Breathitt, Powell and Wolfe counties, commented that the defendant "was not blind and only human" and that some of the victims did not look their age, an order said. The victims were five 13- and 14-year-old girls who were the defendant's students, the order said.
Fletcher was presiding over a sentencing hearing for a defendant who was not named in the order and had pleaded guilty to 14 counts of sexual offenses.
During that hearing, Fletcher also discussed the lack of enforcement of the school dress code and said he didn't think students should come to school wearing low-cut blouses and short skirts, the order said.
"During the hearing, Judge Fletcher made comments which could be viewed as sympathetic to the defendant," the order said.
According to the order, Fletcher said, when responding to a statement by the defendant's attorney, "This is a statutory offense, but is it your understanding that all of the acts that occurred were consensual?"