I can’t possibly be the only one who gets just slightly more angry when horrible shit goes down in their neighborhood, can I? I can’t put my finger on it, and it’s not that the crimes committed are worse, there’s just something inherently offensive and, I guess real about horrible offenses when they take place in your own backyard. And I’ve certainly experienced the phenomenon before.
A Rochester, NY man has been charged with repeatedly raping and sexually abusing a teenage girl with a mental disability when she was 15 and 16. One specific alleged instance occurred after he had been out drinking at a bar a few blocks from my house.
In a statement to police the girl said, “(He) has me go into his room or he comes into mine. It happens when mom and Grandma to out or they are asleep.”
She also told police, “I know what (he) is doing to me is wrong, but he makes me promise not to tell mom, grandma, or anyone. I have not told anyone because I promised.”
In late May, the girl told her mom what was going on. Brandt was questioned by Ogden police.
He told them he’d been out drinking the night before at 469 Club in Albion. Brandt told police, “I just can’t believe I would do that.”
At one point he said, “If (the victim) says it happened, it must have happened.” Carducci plans to put the alleged victim on the stand.
From WHEC, he has apparently pleaded not guilty.
The man accused of raping a mentally disabled teenager pleaded not guilty to all 17 charges against him in court this morning. Joseph Brandt is accused of raping and sexually abusing the teen in his Ogden home. It’s a story we first told you about two weeks ago.
Prosecutors say Brandt had sex with the teen when she was 15 and 16 years old at his home over the last year. In her statement to police, she said it would happen when her mom and grandma weren’t home.
Clearly, the story is disturbing enough. But while we’re on the topic, can I add:
If the victim does not have the capacity to consent, as the article later claims, it could not by definition have been “sex.” Further, Brandt is not being charged with “having sex” with the girl, as the same article notes. Having sex is not a crime. He’s charged with rape and sexual abuse. Really people, why is this so difficult?