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Teen arrested for sexual battery at Woodside High School

Original post made on Jan 17, 2019

A 17-year-old boy was arrested after allegedly grabbing a girl's buttocks while riding a bicycle at Woodside High School on Monday evening (Jan. 14), San Mateo County sheriff's officials said Thursday.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jan 17, 2019 at 4:23 pm

Good job by the victims to report this assault and good job by the police to catch the perp. I hope he gets more justice than Brock Turner.

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Posted by Steve_J
a resident of another community
on Jan 18, 2019 at 12:42 pm

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Good job!!! Teen needs help, hope he gets it.

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Posted by Yes ruin his life now
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jan 18, 2019 at 4:48 pm

There is 100% no way this is anything but attempted rape. Let's make sure this 17 y.o. kid never ever lives a normal, pain free day for the rest of his life.

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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 18, 2019 at 5:57 pm

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Do you have even a modicum of understanding of how our justice system works? Even a little? Ever heard that those accused are innocent until proven guilty? Really?

Sorry, but after spending 10 years in law enforcement, I can tell you with great confidence, that not all accusations of sexual assault or rape are factual. In fact, many are not. That's why our justice system follows the rules of evidence it does as opposed to the lynch mob mentality you espouse.

If convicted, I hope this young man faces serious consequences, but I don't agree in the least with your lynch mob mentality. We are a country of laws. What you espouse is anarchy.

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Posted by GIGO
a resident of another community
on Jan 18, 2019 at 6:11 pm

"Voter" -- "Sorry, but after spending 10 years in law enforcement, I can tell you with great confidence, that not all accusations of sexual assault or rape are factual. In fact, many are not."

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why many rape victims are reluctant to contact law enforcement -- with attitudes like that, why should a rape victim trust law enforcement at all?

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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 18, 2019 at 8:01 pm

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Ask all of those that make so many false claims that those in law enforcement start to become skeptical. Don't believe me? Do some research, or talk to those like me that actually take the reports. Can't tell you how many "rape" reports I took from teenagers that were out all weekend screwing their boyfriends and then had to come up with an excuse for their parents as to where they were. " I was kidnapped and raped" (just in case they were knocked up). Please describe them. "It was a white guy (brown guy, black guy, whatever). What did he look like? No description other than something vague.

Contrast that with women who had actually been raped. They could provide accurate descriptions of their attackers right down to if they were circumcised or not.

Then there's the case of women that screw some guy that's not their boyfriend or husband and get a case of the guilts (fear they might have an STD) and tell their significant other they were "raped". Then their significant other insists they report the "rape".

It'a not as simple as you would like it to be. Not all women are telling the truth.

So, sorry, not all reports of rape are true.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Jan 18, 2019 at 8:53 pm

When I was a kid, if a “perp” pulled such a bone head stunt, either the victim (or someone nearby) would have kicked the kid’s butt. Too bad we can’t do that anymore, as that would have solved the problem. Now we rely on law enforcement professionals and the courts to figure out what happened and use very limited resources to make things right. Hence the conflict. I believe MV that he saw lots of real and false reports. I think each new case needs to be investigated without prejudice, and I’m sure it’s very frustrating to witness false allegations. What ever happened here we have no choice but to trust and thank our law enforcement professionals as they’re all we got.

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Posted by My thoughts
a resident of another community
on Jan 18, 2019 at 9:55 pm

Everyone is right here (except for one comment I'll get into). Do false accusations sometimes get made? Of course. Does the fact that false accusations get made make legitimate victims more reluctant to come forward, lest they be accused of making a false accusation? I would think so.

The only antidote is to let the justice system work. With all its flaws, like Winston Churchill said, it's the worst possible system until you consider any other. That means innocence until proven guilty, the ability to raise a defense (which often involves challenging the victim), and a jury ultimately deciding, if it goes that far, what the facts are. We can't just take any and every accusation at face value and mete out punishment without any process. We certainly can show compassion to victims through this process. In this case there appears to be an independent witness and I imagine that testimony would be very persuasive evidence to most people.

I disagree with "Yes ruin his life now" on the issue of whether this was attempted rape. No, it wasn't attempted rape. No attempted intercourse was reported. Grabbing her butt was wrong, but certainly not rape, and very far from it in my opinion. It's sexual battery.

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