Friday, May 28, 2010

Six Months in Jail for Prosecutorial Sex

Last November,  we wrote about Carl Gabrielse (pictured), the former Holland, Michigan City Attorney who reduced a drunk driving charge of a female defendant in exchange for sex in a courthouse jury room.

A right-wing, Republican and conservative part of Michigan, some of Gabrielse's staunch supporters took offense at the time that we suggested that he could have eventually become a great Republican U.S. Attorney. 

He's now a convicted felon, like many Rove Republicans should be.

Last month, disgraced Gabrielse was sentenced to six-months in jail. The Holland Sentinel reported:
Former deputy city attorney Carl Gabrielse broke more than one vow when he sexually assaulted a woman in a Holland District Court bathroom last November, an Ottawa County judge said.... “I’m sure you know your biggest crime was the violation of your oath to your wife, your oath to your profession and your oath to your employer,” Judge Calvin Bosman said at Gabrielse’s sentencing Monday. Gabrielse, 31, was sentenced to six months in jail and ordered to undergo sex therapy at his sentencing in Ottawa County Circuit Court Monday. He’ll also serve up to a year of probation.The former deputy city attorney admitted to offering a plea deal to a 21-year-old woman in exchange for sex last November. The woman reported that Gabrielse sexually assaulted her. Police wired her with a microphone and recorded several conversations in which Gabrielse attempted to make further plans for sex with the woman, according to a personal-protection order she filed.
The assaulted woman had her original drunk driving case reduced this month after cooperating with authorities. The Holland Sentinel reported:
The victim of an assault by former Holland deputy city attorney Carl Gabrielse was sentenced to nine months of probation and a $750 fine for her own drunken driving charge. The 22-year-old woman pleaded guilty to a count of driving while impaired on Wednesday in Hudsonville District Court. She was sentenced immediately. She is also required to abstain from alcohol during her probation. The woman was originally charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, but the charge was reduced to driving while impaired due to her cooperation with police in the Gabrielse investigation. She reported that Gabrielse sexually assaulted her after offering a reduced charge in exchange for sex.

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