July 16, 2009

Utah Loves Sex Offenders

Outstanding former Murray police officer and child molester Michael Spilman;
Source: Bonnie's Blog of Crime

Say you sexually abused a teenage girl for four years, starting when this girl was only 12 or 13 years old. Say your sexual abuse began to get more violent as time went on. Once caught, what would you expect your punishment to be?

Well, if you're former Murray, Utah police officer Michael Spilman you'd get a whopping 2 year jail term, 36 months of probation and a $5,000 fine. Those Utah courts sure are harsh, aren't they?

Spilman had been on the force in Murray for nine years when he resigned in January, one day before charges were officially filed against him. He was jailed and held on $150,000 bond before making a plea agreement to plead guilty to two second degree felony counts of sexual abuse. Spilman faced a possible prison term of up to 30 years but on Monday, Judge Dennis Fuchs gave Spilman the little slap on the wrist. Spilman's attorney Catherine Roberts, who should be forced in disgrace to leave the Women's Club, asked for leniency in light of Spilman's experience as a law enforcement officer. Personally, I think he should be judged more harshly due to his position as a law enforcement officer.

Judge Fuchs didn't agree. He did express concerns over the ongoing assault, and felt that as a police officer, Spilman should have known better - - but still gave Spilman an inexplicably lenient sentence of jail instead of prison.

For his part, Spilman apologized to his victim saying he felt ashamed of his actions. Yeah, right. Too little, too late, buddy. And I doubt "shame" is in Spilman's vocabulary.

Spilman hoped to be released soon and to see his son - - because he's a great role model and all. I'm sure if Spilman tells bleeding heart Judge Fuchs he's really, really sorry, he might be able to write "I will not sexually abuse little girls" 100 times and be free to go home.

Naturally, Spilman's' wife intends to file for divorce.

Murray, Utah should be "ashamed", to quote Spilman. Judge Fuchs should be ashamed. Catherine Roberts should be ashamed. This whole thing is a disgrace. Spilman has violated a young girl's trust and robbed something from her she can never get back. He didn't just physically abuse her, he emotionally abused her as well. And Roberts heaped on the abuse by claiming Spilman's job should warrant him leniency, with Fuchs assisting by not permitting justice to be done in this case.


Anonymous said...

The title of the article is NOT true in all cases. Take my brother for example. In Nov 2005 he was a court bailiff who was arrested to fondling an 11 year old during a sleep over at his house. Judge Fuchs, the same judge in this case, gave my brother a 16 year to life sentence. The reason? My brother had been an officer of the law and "in a position of trust". Why is this guy Spilman only getting 2 years in jail? Why isn't he going to prison? I hate to think this, but my only conclusion is that Jud Fuchs can be bought and that my brother didn't have enough money to buy the judge but Mr. Spilman did. Go Figure..................

Lori Johnston said...

Anonymous, the law certainly doesn't seem to be fair and equivalent to everyone, does it? Your brother's sentence seems very harsh in comparison with Spillman's - - and while I do agree that officers of the law and in positions of trust should be treated harshly, the punishment should be meted out accordingly and fairly. Certainly didn't happen in this case.