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Police Officer Who Sexually Abused Child Gets Light Sentencing

| by Dominic Kelly

Some say a Virginia state trooper who pleaded guilty to sexual molestation received special treatment from a judge due to his job.

According to Fauquier, 30-year-old Christopher Allen Carson pleaded guilty to criminal solicitation, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, loaning pornographic videos to a child, and exposing his penis to a child. As part of a plea deal, Judge Herman A. Whisenant Jr. suggested that Carson be sentenced to 9 years in jail, although he will only have to serve 30 days, and two years of probation. Additionally, Carson will not be forced to register as a sex offender.

Back in 2001, when Carson was 18, he allegedly sexually assaulted a boy who was in seventh grade. The boy, now a grown man, recently came forward with the allegations after everything that happened with former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky, and it brought to light the two other incidents from 2011 in which Carson gave pornographic videos to a minor.

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In the case from 13 years ago, Carson allegedly exposed himself to the victim, masturbated in front of him, and even performed oral sex on the boy as he slept.

Carson, who first became a Virginia State Trooper back in 2005, has been placed on administrative leave following his guilty plea and subsequent sentencing recommendation.

Many see the judge’s light sentencing as a clear example of special treatment for police officers. The Free Thought Project points out a very similar case that the very same judge, Whisenant, handled. A 35-year-old civilian faced almost identical charges but received 66 years behind bars and had to register as a sex offender.

Do you think this state trooper received special treatment?

Sources: The Free Thought Project, Fauquier, The Full Court Press / Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons