At least that’s what I wish the Canadian courts and media would say. Instead we get headlines like this..
First off the victim in this instance was 12-years-old. Let’s call it what it is. Either child molestation or child rape. 12 is even well below the highly controversial Canadian age of consent of 14-years-old that has since been changed to 16.
28-year-old Brian Allan Cockell of Edmonton, Alberta was convicted of what we would call child molestation of a 12-year-old girl that he met through the Canadian social site Nexopia. What the Alberta court called it was ‘sexual interference’. Seriously, what the fuck is that?
Cockell groomed the girl through Nexopia, communicated with her through text messages, met the girl at an ice rink, then took the girl back to his place where he raped her. You can’t convince me it was anything but rape. This went on five more times with Cockell knowing the girl’s age.
To make matters worse his defense attorney is arguing that the two years his client spent in jail awaiting trial should be enough and that he is “no longer a danger to young people.” Are you shitting me?
If Canadian legal history is any indicator I wouldn’t be surprised if this scumbag actually did get time served.
Seriously Canada, grow a pair.
And why the hell was a 12-year-old girl on Nexopia unattended, having a cell phone and allowed to go to an ice rink by herself? Get a clue parents for the sake of your kids.
UPDATE 5/14/2012: Cockell only got 9 1/2 years along with 27 months time served. So in all total he’ll only serve a little bit more than 7 years and will probably be released early. Pathetic.