September 11, 2006

The “My Culture Made Me Do It” Excuse for Statutory Rape

This excuse is starting to get old:

Man gets 18 months in prison for impregnating 14-year-old

LEBANON — A suspected illegal immigrant was sentenced to prison Thursday after impregnating a 14-year-old girl.

William Cuellar, 24, of Loveland, was sentenced to 18 months in prison by the Warren County Common Pleas Court following his June conviction for having unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, according to a release from the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.

Cuellar was charged with the same crime involving the same girl in January and had been placed on two years of community control, said Warren County Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel.

Cuellar is an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, Hutzel said, and one of his defenses was that this type of conduct is legal in his culture. But Hutzel said Ohio has laws to protect against that behavior.

….. Whether Cuellar is deported will be left up to federal authorities, she said, but while he is in the United States, he will be required to register every 90 days as a sexual predator.

“Whether” he is deported? Words, fail.

The first sentence Cuellar received earlier in the year was a joke. The second sentence, 18 months, is an outrage. The fact that he may remain here after his prison term is dereliction of duty on the part of people who are supposed to protect us.

Oh, and how can this guy be a “suspected” illegal immigrant in the first paragraph and definitely one in the fourth?

UPDATE: Lindsey Hilty, the story’s reporter, responded to an e-mail inquiry about Cuellar’s citizenship status by saying “The Warren County prosecutor said he was an illegal immigrant.” I would think that an affirmative statement by the prosecutor should not be characterized in that manner, as the prosecutor is, in effect, legally under oath any time he or she is in a courtroom.



  1. Some of the more recent wave of immigrants (particularly the illegal ones) seem to forget that that coming to this country involves an implicit rejection of their home culture. If ya can’t handle that we treat women better here then don’t come here. Send him back to whichever backward country he comes from after a hopefully unenjoyable stay in prison.

    Comment by LargeBill — September 11, 2006 @ 8:44 am

  2. #1, that’s why there are LEGAL channels for immigration. At least in theory, you’re going to have a chance to screen out the people who don’t buy into our culture. With open borders, you have no chance. The Wall Street Journal open borders types have absolutely no appreciation of this.

    Comment by TBlumer — September 11, 2006 @ 11:36 am

  3. I agree. However, I did want to point out that neither the prosecutor or the defense attorney is “under oath” any time he or she is in a courtoom. An attorney will not be prosecuted for perjury for something they said in court. There is an ethical obligation to restrain the duty to be a zealous adversary within the boundaries of what the attorney reasonably believes may be true.

    But that’s beside the point. Ship ‘em back to Guatemala and see if the parents there really consider it part of their culture.

    Comment by Modern Esquire — September 11, 2006 @ 9:33 pm

  4. #3, Thanks. I have always been under the impression that as officers of the court, they are effectively under oath, but you explained the distinction.

    Comment by TBlumer — September 11, 2006 @ 11:28 pm

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