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Stepdad gets 18 years for rape exposed in college essay
New York Post ^ | Amber Sutherland and Bruce Golding

Posted on 07/09/2014 7:04:45 PM PDT by Morgana

A Brooklyn man was sentenced Monday to 18 years ​behind bars for raping his 8-year-old stepdaughter — who kept the sickening sex attack a secret until revealing it in a college-application essay nearly a decade later.

Albert Tarrats, 62, remained mum throughout his sentencing in Brooklyn Supreme Court, but prosecutor Anna Krutaya read a statement from his victim, who ​wrote that she’s still haunted by his monstrous crimes.

“Getting closure and justice on this horrific situation is the best thing I could have gotten from this experience,” the now-18-year-old woman wrote.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: 8yearold; brooklyn; ny; rape; stepdad; stepdaughter

1 posted on 07/09/2014 7:04:45 PM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana

Only 18 years?


2 posted on 07/09/2014 7:08:36 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

I’ll be surprised if he serves that!


3 posted on 07/09/2014 7:12:25 PM PDT by Morgana ( Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

Yep especially in NYC, probably gets 2 days off for every day served for “good behavior”


4 posted on 07/09/2014 7:15:35 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Morgana

This man went to jail, probably ON HER WORD ALONE.

Lying kid?


5 posted on 07/09/2014 7:15:49 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

I agree.

This guy had the entire kitchen cabinet thrown at him.

If he did it, ok. However if she made it up...

If she made it up.


6 posted on 07/09/2014 7:23:13 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

No one ever really knows what goes on in the next door neighbor’s house.


7 posted on 07/09/2014 7:28:39 PM PDT by Morgana ( Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

“If she made it up.”

The female never lies - the nice FemiNazi says so.

Welcome to the debauched & degraded America where our laws based on hundreds of years of societal evolution, culminating in the Founding Documents are now debased by the “Agenda Uber Alles” activists.


8 posted on 07/09/2014 7:28:52 PM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est. Because of what Islam is - and for what Muslims do.)
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To: GladesGuru; Cringing Negativism Network

One thing you all need to take into consideration. This was his stepdaughter. What have we learned here at FR? The worst thing a child can hear is “Mommy’s new boyfriend” (or Daddy’s new girlfriend)

A stepparent is more likely to commit abuse like this than a real parent.


9 posted on 07/09/2014 7:34:52 PM PDT by Morgana ( Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

There’s gotta be more to the story than the Post is reporting. Even the ultra-lefty courts in NY aren’t going to throw the guy in prison without some kind of actual evidence. At least not yet.


10 posted on 07/09/2014 7:44:34 PM PDT by Little Pig
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To: Morgana
“A stepparent is more likely to commit abuse like this than a real parent.”

Quite true.

Which in no way responds to my post in which I noted that until the FemiNazi Era, evidence was required. “He said” v. “She said” had too many instances of miscarriage of justice, especially when many years had elapsed.

11 posted on 07/09/2014 8:00:24 PM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est. Because of what Islam is - and for what Muslims do.)
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To: GladesGuru

Many children were molested when they were young. It went unreported or was just not caught but the children know it happened. So when years later the child/adult speaks out how are they suppose to “prove” it? Am not trying to go on a witch hunt here but at the same time families have had “dirty little secrets” kept hidden that need exposed.


12 posted on 07/09/2014 8:07:51 PM PDT by Morgana ( Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: GladesGuru
To many times false claims have been admitted after decades of prison.
Step kids can also be the most evil and deviant of children who will do
anything to take away attention for themselves. Or to get even for invented neglect.

Also, to the FemiNazi's any discipline is considered abuse.

More info is needed though.

13 posted on 07/09/2014 8:10:54 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

This man went to jail, probably ON HER WORD ALONE.

Lying kid?
............................................
How do you know that the conviction was based on her word alone?


14 posted on 07/09/2014 8:21:44 PM PDT by bramps (Go West America!)
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To: MaxMax

“Step kids can also be the most evil and deviant of children who will do
anything to take away attention for themselves.”

That’s it blame the kids. If the kids were so bad then why did the step parent marry the kid’s natural parent?

A lot of this crap would not happen if divorce and out of wedlock children were not happening.


15 posted on 07/09/2014 8:44:37 PM PDT by Morgana ( Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: GladesGuru
She says he did it, he says he didn't. After ten years more or less, I can't imagine what other evidence there could be. The article mentions none, just a jury trial and a conviction of a man with no prior record. The fact that she didn't report this offense at all, and even says her intention was to write an essay for a college application, allows for negative inference.

If we start putting people away merely because an individual fits a statistical sample, we will have left the very concept of justice behind, and ventured out onto dangerously thin ice.

16 posted on 07/09/2014 8:47:56 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Morgana

Yeah I’m not going to bat for the guy.

Just mentioning it as a possibility is all.

Maybe he’s completely guilty.

The jury seemed to think so. Could be they got it right. Dunno.


17 posted on 07/09/2014 9:07:42 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Morgana
To many factors already are against this accusation being true. The primary
reason for a false accusation in this case would be College Essay, attention.
To convict a man from a College Essay and hearsay is an abomination of justice.

I'm not buying it. She was grabbing attention by a crazy essay and
since people believed it she just went along with it to the extreme while
being coached by some nutjob feminist. Yea, they do that.

We don't know all the details but I'm calling False accusation here.
Child abuse is very serious and down right dirty, and this one is just to clean.

18 posted on 07/09/2014 9:14:14 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: MaxMax

God forbid evil, deviant children should want attention from their parents that might cramp the new spouse’s style.


19 posted on 07/09/2014 9:47:18 PM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: MaxMax

Were you at the trial? You have no idea what other evidence was presented. Maybe she identified a mole on his weewee. Maybe the mother “knew” but turned a blind eye.


20 posted on 07/09/2014 9:49:49 PM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: informavoracious

Maybe the mother told the daughter about the mole.


21 posted on 07/09/2014 9:53:53 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps.)
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To: VerySadAmerican

After ten years? Why?


22 posted on 07/09/2014 9:55:56 PM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: informavoracious

Just making the point that anything can be true. But anything can be false.


23 posted on 07/09/2014 9:56:45 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps.)
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To: VerySadAmerican

And my point is that the entire trial was not covered in the article and none of us knows what else was presented. Apparently enough to find the man guilty. I am having trouble with all the apologists on this thread! The article never said her essay was the only evidence.


24 posted on 07/09/2014 10:01:54 PM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: informavoracious
I'm almost certain that if there were damning evidence it would've been published.
And if her essay had intimate material she would not have intended it to be turned in.

I'm just not seeing justification for prosecution and people have been
prosecuted with less evidence for much worse, like Murder on false accusations.
One of the Jurors was also only 20-years old. No mention how old the others
were or the makeup of the jury.

25 posted on 07/09/2014 10:20:13 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: MaxMax

Pretty big assumption given the crappy quality of what passes for “reporting” nowadays.


26 posted on 07/09/2014 10:23:55 PM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: informavoracious

Look at his picture. Does he look like an innocent man or one consigned to his deserved fate. It says he was “mum.” If you were innocent would you be silent, or shout from the rooftops that you didn’t do it?


27 posted on 07/09/2014 10:26:44 PM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: hinckley buzzard

The article does mention some ‘facts’.

The daughter claims she ‘told no one’ until she wrote the essay. Nobody!

The mom claims she didn’t know until she read the essay.

There is no mention of DNA evidence.

The stepdad did not testify.

Looks like we have a miscarriage of justice here.


28 posted on 07/09/2014 10:32:56 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Morgana

The ‘witch hunt’ has been going on since the 80’s.

That’s when the country learned how suggestible children are to heavy handed questioning.

If you want a conviction, bring proof and evidence.


29 posted on 07/09/2014 10:36:02 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

And if you’re going to molest your daughter, just make sure she doesn’t have access to anything she can use to prove it later.


30 posted on 07/09/2014 10:40:35 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("The rat always knows when he's in with weasels"-- Tom Waits)
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To: informavoracious

That is an excellent point. What an exceptionally keen eye you have.

I propose a new justice system.

Instead of trying people with evidence. We shall hire you to review their pictures.

I will send you the first hundred photos.

Just separate them into two piles. Innocent or guilty.

Thank you for your service.


31 posted on 07/09/2014 11:12:35 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep

This isn’t a molestation. The accusation is RAPE.

If you are a young girl and you get raped, you need to immediately go talk to someone.

Then, corrective actions can be taken.

Now? Ten years later .... All possible physical evidence long since gone...


32 posted on 07/09/2014 11:15:40 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

Just post the photos on FR. Judging guilty or innocent is a sport here.


33 posted on 07/09/2014 11:32:57 PM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: informavoracious

I don’t doubt the verdict. I don’t see where the stepdad objected very strongly. I do have a problem when convictions are handed down when it’s one word against the other with no physical evidence. And that does happen.


34 posted on 07/10/2014 12:09:38 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps.)
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To: VerySadAmerican
I read in another article where the man said that the eight-year-old child grabbed his genitals and it made him cry himself to sleep. Really? A little girl grabbing a grown man's genitals?

There probably was other evidence that was just not reported. The girl was applying to a Christian college; I would like to say that she wouldn't want to go to such a school if she were a liar. Maybe she always wanted to tell her mother but didn't know how, and this gave her a way.

35 posted on 07/10/2014 12:39:01 AM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

Children who are abused sexually often are cowed or intimidated into keeping their mouths shut at the time. Yes, it may be “her word alone” at this point . . . but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. Her mother seemed to believe it, since she called the police herself after reading the essay. You could look at the mom’s action as someone trying to get revenge on a crappy ex-spouse . . . or the action of a woman who has finally seen the penny drop and all the pieces fall into place.


36 posted on 07/10/2014 2:35:32 AM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (FUBO, and the useful idiots you rode in on!)
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To: hinckley buzzard
I can't imagine what other evidence there could be.

There "could be" all kinds of other evidence, such as photos and trophies kept by the purported rapist. Since I've been unable to find any discussion of such evidence, it seems unlikely there is any.

These are really, really tough cases.

Child molestation does occur. So do false accusations of child molestation.

So how do we determine the truth in situations where it is usually, though not always, "he said, she said?"

Sadly, in today's world the answer is that it depends on who tells the most convincing story in court. The problem with this is that some people are really, really good liars. Others aren't believable under stress even when telling the truth.

The whole issue has become politicized, with the presumption being that the female involved is telling the truth. Many conservatives jumped to this conclusion in the discussion about H. Clinton's defense of an accused child rapist in Arkansas.

We saw similar politicization of a similar issue during the "Satanic rape child care" moral panic of the 80s. A good many innocent people went to jail, some I believe only recently released, because activists demanded we, "Believe the children!"

Why? Children make things up all the time. They can be remarkably easy to trick into believing something happened when it didn't.

Should children (or women) be automatically disbelieved? Nope.

Should they be automatically believed? Nope.

Is there any real way to determine "evidence beyond a reasonable doubt" when the case is based entirely on one person's testimony versus that of another? Not really. Particularly when testimony impugning the "perpetrator's" character is allowed, and testimony casting doubt on the "victim's" veracity is often not allowed.

Note: The scare quotes in the preceding sentence are there simply to point out that the whole reason to hold a trial is to determine whether there is a "perpetrator" and a "victim." Using the terms as representing facts prejudges the accused as being guilty.

Please also note that I'd be fine with capital punishment in cases of genuine rape and particularly child rape. The problem is that individuals should not be assumed guilty and punished accordingly based primarily on past and present crimes committed by members of a group they happen to belong to, in this case males.

37 posted on 07/10/2014 5:39:05 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

It is also very true that children who have not been sexually abused are sometimes cowed into making false accusations.!

REMEMBER THE LITTLE RASCALS DAY CARE CASE.

“How hysterical parents, incompetent therapists and malicious prosecutors
destroyed the lives of seven innocent North Carolinians – and
have yet to admit they were wrong”

http://littlerascalsdaycarecase.org


38 posted on 07/10/2014 2:09:56 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Sherman Logan

Excellent movie - Just ask my children.

Story of the Kiffen case out if California Kern county. One of the starting cases for the great child abuse witch hunts.

“A pedophilia witch-hunt is started in Bakersfield by two teenage girls’ foppish child abuse claims. Blindly ambitious justice officials, especially in the prosecutor’s office, conspire to arrest loving parents Scott and Brenda Kniffen, whose doted pre-teen sons Brian and Brandon are grilled endlessly until they repeat the vicious lies, the elder even ends up believing them while they pass from one foster home to the next, as even the grandparents are denied custody for not turning on their children. The defense’s rights are systematically denied, so the parents go to jail for 240 years. The boys are near adulthood when the political tide finally turns.”
- Written by KGF Vissers

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0280474/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl


39 posted on 07/10/2014 2:21:51 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

The similarities to the Salem Witch Trials are quite astonishing.

With the exception that almost all those involved in the 17th century trials later had the decency and humanity to admit they had been deluded and wrong, and beg forgiveness of those they had injured.


40 posted on 07/10/2014 4:00:50 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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