Arrest made in gay church arson; Sheriff sides with arsonist

Timothy Kincaid

August 28th, 2012

From 10TV.com

They caught the guy who burned the historic South Bloomingville Christian Church to the ground. And when confronted by the Sheriff’s department he told them that it wasn’t a hate crime against the gay-friendly church, but in response to his being sexually assaulted by one of them there homos “connected with” the church.

And that was good enough for the Sheriff:

“I believe it brings some closure to the area that wasn’t, per se, a hate crime, as the bishop portrayed it to be,” North said. “It was more a revenge crime for what the suspect had endured in 2011.

Now if the arsonist was assaulted last year then I support prosecution against whomever assaulted him. After all, if true then “what the suspect had endured in 2011” should be punished. And the Sheriff didn’t mention whether there was going to be an arrest for sexual assault.

But somehow I very much doubt it. There’s just something in his voice that suggests to me that any accusation against one of them there homos was proof enough – not enough for arrest, of course, but enough to justify arson.

Scooby Doo

August 28th, 2012

I noticed that many news reports about this had comments from somebody claiming a similar story. I bet you dollars to donuts that it was the same person posting online comments about the “rape” and also many slandering the pastor of this church.

Hyhybt

August 28th, 2012

I’d be more inclined to believe he’d been assaulted if he’d pressed charges on that rather than coming up with the story after being arrested for arson.

Shannon Spencer Fox

August 29th, 2012

Actually, if this was considered a hate-crime, shouldn’t under the Matthew Shepard law, this would automatically get the FBI involved? Not that there’d ever be a reason for them to be involved, since I’m sure the local law-enforcement office has it under control…

(… ‘For Brutus is an honorable man.’)

Snowman

August 29th, 2012

If the sheriff’s department won’t step up and do it’s job call the FBI.

Regan DuCasse

August 29th, 2012

This is why, my friends, it cannot be emphasized enough that a hate crime is not just about the motives of the perp.

But the bias in the chain of investigation and adjudication. When the law enforcement officers, the judges, juries or medical doctors share the SAME BIAS as the perpetrator, then justice cannot and will not be served.
The hate is pernicious to not just the crime itself, nor it’s result.

Ben in Oakland

August 29th, 2012

Does this remind anybody of the Treyvon Martin case?

Nothing to see here folks. Just a white guy shooting an unarmed black boy.

Priya Lynn

August 29th, 2012

Now that you mention it Ben, it does look a lot like that.

Blake

August 29th, 2012

Whoa now. Calm down. We suffer under enough without inventing imaginary slights.

The perp is still going to get prosecuted to the full extent of the laws.

Ohio does not have an omnibus hate-crimes statute nor does it’s local hate-crime laws cover bias crimes against folks for their sexual orientation. In order to get the Matthew Shepard Act to apply the perp would’ve had to have crossed state lines or attacked a federal employee or done something on federal land.

So the difference in motives is immaterial outside of the echo chambers.

This is still going to be a crime above a typical arson under Ohio Revised Code section 2927.11. While it will not be called a “hate crime,” but rather a Third Degree Felony “Desecration of a Place of Worship” & he’s still to be charged.

Now if this gets before a Grand Jury and they only charge him with plain ‘ole arson or if he is charged and the trial jury gives him a slap on the wrist or if he pleads out with sympathy because “them fags had it coming” THEN we can talk about a miscarriage of justice.

Priya Lynn

August 29th, 2012

Blake said “The perp is still going to get prosecuted to the full extent of the laws.”.

I’ll believe it when I see it.

TampaZeke

August 29th, 2012

Excellent point Regan. One that is often overlooked in discussions about the efficacy of hate crimes laws.

Ian

August 30th, 2012

i dunno… the reasoning doesn’t sound right. If i was sexually assaulted by a person in that church, i would stalk that person and set fire to his house instead of a church, that’ll do more damage to the person i’m taking revenge against.

Maybe its just me.

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