Our wonderful justice system (snark intentional) has done it again.  A University of Colorado student managed to avoid prison after sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman he’d offered to care for.

Austin James Wilkerson was convicted in May of sexually assaulting a helpless victim and unlawful sexual contact, which carried a possible 12-year prison term, reported the Daily Camera.

Boulder District Judge Patrick Butler sentenced the 22-year-old Wilkerson to 20 years to life on probation and two years in the Boulder County Jail on a program that will permit him to leave during the day to work or attend classes, and then return to jail at night.

The judge said he spared Wilkerson from prison, which prosecutors had sought, because Colorado law would have kept him there under the sex assault conviction until he was deemed fit…Prosecutors said Wilkerson sexually assaulted the first-year student, who is now 21, on March 15, 2014, after telling the intoxicated woman’s friends he would care for her.

“He made certain his roommate saw him checking her pulse and temperature, and giving her water,” prosecutors said. “(After the assault) he sent a message to the victim’s friend who then thanked him for caring for the victim.”

Wilkerson initially denied what he’d done but later admitted to friends that he “let his hands wander” and had “fingered a girl while passed out,” reported The Guardian.  He later told a university investigator that he had repeatedly made sexual advances toward the victim, but she had rejected him.

Prosecutors said the rejections “pissed off” Wilkerson — who called her a “f*cking b*tch.”  Wilkerson later testified during his trial that the woman was not intoxicated and had “passionately” engaged in sexual activity with him, prosecutors said.

Deputy District Attorney Caryn Datz said she disagreed with the probation department, which found Wilkerson remorseful, saying the former college student had lied on the witness stand.

“It was a five-day display of arrogance, entitlement, privilege and blatant disregard for the role of law,” Datz said of his trial. “This defendant on the witness stand admitted he is willing to lie to gain an advantage to himself.”

The judge agreed that Wilkerson appeared to feel “entitled” and “tried to play the system,” but still kept him out of prison.

Let me get this straight: Judge Butler agreed that Wilkerson tried to play the system, but he didn’t want to send Wilkerson to prison because Colorado law would have kept him there until the student was safe to re-enter society?  No, it still sounds stupid.  BTW, a similar case happened at Stanford University and Judge Aaron Persky gave the perp six months.  That judge is now facing a recall campaign.

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