Randy Stoker, the judge of 5th District Court, Idaho, has made a rather unusual ruling in the case of Cody Duane Scott Herrera, a 19-year-old Twin Falls resident who pleads guilty of raping a 14-year-old girl in 2016. The Idaho judge enrolled Scott Herrera in a one-year rider program. If the man completes the program, he will be released on probation, but will no longer be able to have sexual rapports outside of wedlock.
Fifth District Judge Randy Stoker has recently made a ruling concerning the man who raped a 14-year-old girl in 2016. Initially, Stoker wanted to order child rapist Cody Duane Scott Herrera to serve 15 years in a state penitentiary but quickly changed his mind after he found out about Herrera’s unsavory past.
According to the accused’s testimonies, in the last year alone he had over 34 sexual partners. Moreover, the 19-year-old child rapist admitted that he was addicted to pornographic material depicting child rape, and before molesting the 14-year-old girl in 2016, he fantasized of raping another 13-year-old girl.
Instead of sentencing him to prison time, Judge Randy Stoker gave the man a second chance. To that end, he ordered 19-year-old Cody Scott Duane Herrera to participate in a one-year sex addiction program called the rider program.
If the man brings proof that he has completed the program, the will be released on probation. However, there’s one condition – Scott Herrera must not have any sexual relations before marriage.
Judge Stoker stated that if the man was to be released on probation, he is not allowed to have sex until he’s married if he will get married. Should Scott Herrera drop out of the rider program or violate the terms of the agreement during probation, Stoker’s initial ruling will be applying, and the man will have to stay behind bars for at least 15 years.
Meanwhile, the victim’s mother believes that judge was much too lenient when making his ruling in Herrera’s case. The woman declared that the rapist could resume his life after the program, but her daughter’s life has been ruined.
Shaakirah R. Sanders, an associated professor who teaches law at the University of Idaho, described Randy Stoker’s ruling as being more than unorthodox. Sanders stated that his decision of enrolling the man in the rider program and barring him from having sex until marriage might violate the individual’s constitutional rights. The professor said that the man might win if he intends to make an appeal before the court.
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