After being convicted by a jury earlier this summer of sexual abuse for groping a woman in a bar, ex-DPS Officer Robb Gary Evans walked out of a Coconino County Superior Courtroom on Wednesday morning having been sentenced to two years of probation.

Evans received credit for the four days of jail time he served in Coconino County jail.

Prosecutors contended that he drank eight beers and then drove himself to the Green Room, where he flashed his badge in an attempt to get into a concert for free. While inside, he walked up behind the victim, who was a friend of a friend, put his hand up her skirt and then ran his fingers across her genitals.

When bouncers threw him out, Evans told them he was a cop and they would be arrested.

The 43-year-old former Arizona Department of Public Safety officer was facing between six months and 2 1/2 years in prison, but the crime was eligible for probation. He will not be required to register as a sex offender, according to the sentence.

The judge said she considered the defendant's lack of a criminal record and strong community support in her sentencing.

She also advised the victim to be more vigilant.

BAD THINGS CAN HAPPEN IN BARS

A jury convicted Evans of sexual abuse, a class 5 felony, on July 2.

DPS fired Evans shortly after his criminal conviction and following an internal investigation, according to officials.

The judge sentencing Evans, Coconino County Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Hatch, said she hoped both the defendant and the victim would take lessons away from the case.

Bad things can happen in bars, Hatch told the victim, adding that other people might be more intoxicated than she was.

"If you wouldn't have been there that night, none of this would have happened to you," Hatch said.

Hatch told the victim and the defendant that no one would be happy with the sentence she gave, but that finding an appropriate sentence was her duty.

"I hope you look at what you've been through and try to take something positive out of it," Hatch said to the victim in court. "You learned a lesson about friendship and you learned a lesson about vulnerability."

Hatch said that the victim was not to blame in the case, but that all women must be vigilant against becoming victims.

"When you blame others, you give up your power to change," Hatch said that her mother used to say.

VICTIM HOPES OTHERS STAND UP

The victim, a local Flagstaff professional, told the court that she had been harshly criticized by members of the community and even friends who accused her of ruining the defendant's life by pursuing prosecution.

"I sincerely hope this trial will prevent other women from being victimized in the future," she said. "I am more exhausted than I have ever been. I stood up for what happened to me for reasons bigger than me."

Evans also pinched another woman on the buttocks an hour before sexually abusing the victim in this case, according to a witness. The judge ruled before trial that the incident would be prejudicial if it was allowed to be admitted as evidence.

When asked for comment, Coconino County Attorney David Rozema said that the victim's character and commitment in this case were a key part of the prosecution and subsequent conviction by the jury.

He said that more victims are now reporting sex crimes and called their courage "exemplary."

"Victims need to feel safe to report and assist prosecution," Rozema said. "They bear no responsibility for the actions of those who commit sex crimes against them. Offenders alone must be held accountable."

VERDICT QUESTIONED

Before the sentencing, character witnesses for the defendant questioned the jury's guilty verdict.

Prosecutors criticized that testimony, which was given in person and by letter, as trying to cast Evans as the victim of some conspiracy by detectives, prosecutors, bouncers at the Green Room and the victim herself. Some 25 letters were submitted on Evans' behalf, many from current and former law enforcement officers.

Deputy Coconino County Attorney Jonathan Mosher said that he was not asking for any greater punishment for Evans because he was a cop, but simply that he not be granted any less of a punishment, either.

A woman who said she was a former intimate partner of Evans told the judge that the behavior was completely out of character for the defendant.

"His losses at this point go farther than anything that could be handed down here," she said.

The woman said Evans has lost his job and will likely lose his house because of it. She also said that because he's now a felon, he will have lost the ability to hunt, which numerous "hunting buddies" told the court was one of Evans' chief passions.

His defense attorney said he was also disturbed that he would no longer be able to vote.

ASKING FOR LENIENCY

"These people put their lives on the line every day," Evan's former partner said. "I hope you'll be lenient on him. To me, this is one way we can give a little back to those in law enforcement who give so much to us everyday."

Others also asked for leniency.

"I don't necessarily agree with the way this case got to be here," former Flagstaff Police Lt. Randy Weems told the judge.

Weems was recently a candidate for Flagstaff chief of police.

"This is the second time in 25 years that I feel the system didn't work," he later added.

Evans' defense attorney, Bruce Griffen, picked up on that same line of argument, referring to it as a "very disputed case."

"Sometimes, the bigger you are, the harder you fall in this line of work," he said.

Griffen did concede that his client likely should not have been in a bar that night and been so intoxicated, but he said Evans had not entered a bar since his arrest.

Judge Hatch expressed her concern with the amount of alcohol Evans drank that day and said that "Joe blow" would have been considered dangerous if he were driving.

"As a law enforcement officer you're held to a higher standard," Hatch said. "If you didn't want to be held to a higher standard you shouldn't have become a law enforcement officer."

In addition to probation, Hatch sentenced the defendant to 100 hours of community service and prohibited him from possessing or consuming alcohol during his probation.

If Evans breaks any part of his probation, he could still be sentenced to as much as 2 1/2 years in prison.

Eric Betz can be reached at 556-2250 or ebetz@azdailysun.com.

(89) comments

Roy Cowboy
Roy Cowboy

Wow, if she wouldn't have been at the bar this wouldn't have happened to her. Way to blame the victim. And judges wonder why citizens at large think they are crooked. And he doesn't have to register as a sex offender? This judge needs to be tossed from the bench.

JessPope
JessPope

These comments from the judge are absolutely offensive. So if women go to bars it is up to them to make sure that they aren't sexually abused or assaulted? This type of thinking has created an environment where men like this former cop feel confident that they can commit these crimes because the women in bars are "asking for it". This judge needs to go.

Halli
Halli

He lost his job and has a felony conviction. How on earth would this let any other cops feel like they can get away with it?

The judge's statements are absurd and she should be reprimanded. However, your suggestion that he got off light and others "can feel confident they can commit these crimes" is nearly equally absurd.

Melissa
Melissa

I completely agree Roy. How DARE you put any blame on the victim judge Hatch!! That was a disgusting misuse of your powers as a judge (2 yrs probation and NO registering??) and a disgusting use of your chance to address the courtroom. I'm from a LE family and I cannot believe how you handled this case. Shame on you, hope you're never MY judge if I'm assaulted!

FlagLocal12
FlagLocal12

Another example of our broken justice system. If I weren't driving my car when you hit me, it wouldn't have happened? Must have been my fault for not staying home! What kind of logic does a judge use for questioning someone for attending a social event, whether it was at a bar or not? A "judge"is supposed to hear testimony and decide justice, not impart their own personal views on how others live their lives. If someone came to your home and touched you, I bet the sentence would be different?

redpatch
redpatch

Jacqueline Hatch is unfit to sit the bench. Thanks for taking us back 20 years.

PatBateman
PatBateman

In other words,"Young lady, if you are wearing a bikini at the beach, you are inviting rape. Shame on you." What a load of you know what. Blame the victim. The cop got off easy for the simple reason that he is a cop. Mr. off-duty police officer, if you had not gone into the bar that night , this would never have happened.

Jan
Jan

Sandusky didn't perp his crimes in a bar. So the boys were wrong for going to camp? And what about kids molested by priests? Does this mean that they should have avoided church? None of these people invited these crimes nor did this woman. And what happened to law enforcement being held to a higher standard? Easy to say no one will be happy with a ruling when it's obviously BAD! If this gal wasn't at the bar, it would have been another woman and maybe one afraid to stand up and stand tall.

PatBateman
PatBateman

If the victim had not gone into the bar, this would have happened to a different victim.

kaypea
kaypea

Please sign this petition if you are outraged by Judge Hatch's comments!

http://www.change.org/petitions/arizona-supreme-court-arizona-bar-association-judge-jacqueline-hatch-should-step-down-for-unjust-sex-abuse-case?utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=21007774

Mike G
Mike G

Wow I can't believe Hatch made those comments. Absolutely disgusting. To the officers that spoke in support of him, why weren't you screaming foul when others who were not police officers in this same place?

Jenny06
Jenny06

I am so disgusted and disappointed with Judge Hatch's ruling and the comments she made to the victim. She needs to be removed from the bench immediately!

Jan
Jan

The judge is confusing “blame” & accountability. Mom should have been clearer. She is confusing “prejudice” & fact. The guy pinched another woman on the buttocks the same evening, in the same bar. It’s kind of a big deal. What else might he have done that we haven’t heard about? I agree with Melissa. I hope I never need this judge to look out for me. If this guy wanted to protect his job, hunting license, & house, he should have kept his hands in his pockets! HE should have stayed home!!

galapago
galapago

I am all for personal responsibility, and it is undeniably true that if the victim in this case would have made different choices, the outcome might have been different. That said, I firmly believe that a woman in this community should be able to go out to a social event in a public place with the reasonable expectation tha she will not be sexually assaulted! Where is the personal responsibility of the offender? Shame on this judge, props to the victim for standing up.

cursedblonde2012
cursedblonde2012

I wish that when this case was first started that people knew if they could have any input to this case. This man doesn't deserve to be out. He not only used his authority to try to get out of a crime, he tried using his authority in the police car also. Guess it will be time since he is out and about to watch my back again. Any woman should be able to go anywhere at any time, and shouldn't be criticized for going somewhere. Basically the judge is saying for women to just stay home.

Doney Park Reader
Doney Park Reader

Those of us appalled at Judge Hatch's comments have the opportunity to express our outrage at the polls in November when she is up for election. (She currently sits by Gov. Brewer's appointment.)

blahbla25
blahbla25

The point is if you go hang out at a place with people that are getting intoxicated you have a higher chance of something bad happening to you. It's not a blame thing, it's just awareness. If you go to a crack house full of people high on crack to smoke crack bad things can happen, thus going to a bar to drink full of drunken idiots be prepared. It's just common sense, she's not wrong but everyone male or female should take precautions. Some drunk can pick a fight with you for no reason also

Mike G
Mike G

The sentencing hearing is not the place for the judge to make the public aware of such things. If she is genuinely interested in protecting the public, go to a safety briefing for college students at NAU and talk about the dangers that exist. I bet this victim will be more careful anyway.

Joe T
Joe T

We have the rule of law for a reason, the judge took the opportunity to disparage a victim with this line because she hated having to hold LE accountable. Despicable. A fistfight is a far different thing than a sexual assault... though our communities tolerance of it, as displayed by this light sentence, is similar.

Dingo Dongo
Dingo Dongo

blahbla25: Your comments make perfect sense if you ignore everything we know about human society, gender roles, and law enforcement. Enjoy your fictional world of androids giving honest advice to each other.

djonesrn
djonesrn

There was allways afew peace officers I worked with that had a Power problem (badging people off duty) and unfortunately hvy drinking off duty (Interestingly these officer had the highest DWI arrest).
The Agencies they work for and other Agencies around them know how they are and ignore or cover up the proble, knowing that it would probable cost the officer his or her job. In addition causing Agency(s) fueds.

Dave Jones AZ Peace Officer Certified 1972

KmKayisKMK
KmKayisKMK

So basically when rich people get robbed it partly their fault for having so much stinkin money, right? I seriously doubt Hatch would show leniency to the perpetrator of a bank robbery and cite the victim (bank) as being partially responsible...

blahbla25
blahbla25

If the bank went to south central carrying the money in zip lock bags with zero security offering loans I'm sure she would.

Fromthemiddle
Fromthemiddle

Hatch said."I hope you look at what you've been through and try to take something positive out of it," Hatch said to the victim in court. "You learned a lesson about friendship and you learned a lesson about vulnerability"
If it wasn't just after Labor Day, I would have thought this one of the great AZDS April fools articles.Regardless of how one feels about the sentence, the comments from the Judge are extremely inappropriate and unacceptable. If this was a male Judge it would be on CNN.

turtleneck
turtleneck

The comments regarding Judge Hatch's misuse of power are spot on. In addition, it reveals some of the problems with the Flagstaff PD. An officer stated that because Evans put his life on the line, he deserved leniency. First of all, we don't live in NYC or LA, this community isn't riddled with violent crime. Perhaps that's due to the diligence of the PD but who's to say? Even if this is the case, officers set out to enforce the law are not above the law. This includes speeding, running red lights, DUI, animal abuse, harassment, entering residences without a warrant and so on. These officers weren't drafted onto the force, they made a choice and that choice doesn't give them any rights above and beyond any citizen. Evans was found guilty of sexual abuse, in addition, he tried to flaunt his PD prowess to the bar staff telling them they'd be arrested. Camaraderie on the force should be strong but the mentality that 'you mess with me and my boys will mess with you' is thuggish and immature. These actions should have been taken into consideration as the character statements were taken from Evans' cronies since it is illegal for someone to remain on bar property after being asked to leave. Unfortunately there is little to be done about the antics of Flagstaff PD, however the judge is a different story. She can be voted out. Remember the name Judge Hatch.

mo33
mo33

FYI, Evans was DPS. He was arrested by Flag PD. A Flag PD officer was the one who encouraged the victim to press charges.

Bob
Bob

Turtleneck. Read the article. His former partner asked for leniency. Evans worked for the Department of Public Safety. That would make his partner a DPS officer, no an FPD officer. Responding FPD officers arrested Evans on sight. They thoroughly documented his inappropriate professional behavior about being law enforcement and aided in the prosecution with the CA. I am not sure why you are taking your anger out on the PD. Maybe you just have a bias. You and Judge Hatch should chat.

my2pennies
my2pennies

Another classic example of AZ justice. It's ok for the cop to be in a bar...just no one else. Taverns, Bars, or restaraunts that serve alchohal are not dens of sin as this judge would have one believe. They are part of the culture of humanity. This judge is a prime example of the kind of "law" that is delivered in this state and county. She should not only be removed from the bench but disbarred.

Fromthemiddle
Fromthemiddle

Thanks Doney Park Reader and kaypea- look forward to November. Vote!

Anne Roberts
Anne Roberts

OMG, that may be the judges OPINION but it should NEVER have been expressed in her courtroom. I actually believe the defendent was wrongfully charged and prosecuted BUT it is not the victim's fault because she was in a bar.

Dingo Dongo
Dingo Dongo

Anne Roberts, do you think it's legal to grab people's genitals without their consent? I mean, I'm no lawyer, but I'm pretty sure that's a no-no.

Fromthemiddle
Fromthemiddle

Gotta agree with "@turtleneck, that was a strong and accurate post.! On a similar note Judge Hatch says "As a law enforcement officer you're held to a higher standard," Hatch said. "If you didn't want to be held to a higher standard you shouldn't have become a law enforcement officer." Can we stop this tired narrative? Regardless of occupation, if you drive drunk twice in the same day and then elect to sexually assault not one but two ladies, it doesn't matter who signs your paycheck!

orly
orly

It wouldn't have happened to her if she hadn't been there? Please. His decision/bad judgement are the cause of his actions, not her or any other woman's presence at the bar.

Obvious John
Obvious John

The support this individual got from police officers and others almost bought me to tears.

He can't hunt?
He can't vote?

...and the victim? She will never forget what this intoxicated badge-flasher did to her and now her new found experience with the legal system.
She can thank Judge Hatch for the latter.

Halli
Halli

He was wrong, and he was punished - but please don't make "running his hands over his genitals" sound equivalent to a more invasive or violent sexual offense.

KmKayisKMK
KmKayisKMK

So the petition kaypea wants us to sign requires 40,000 signatures? There are not even that many registered voters in Flagstaff, how does that work? Basically, we can't get rid of her...

PS: I already signed it.
http://www.change.org/petitions/arizona-supreme-court-arizona-bar-association-judge-jacqueline-hatch-should-step-down-for-unjust-sex-abuse-case?utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=21007774

lsulifeguard
lsulifeguard

The Honorable Judge Jacqueline Hatch
Division I Court
200 N. San Francisco St.
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
(928) 679-7551

Let's tell her how we feel, shall we?

AS
AS

Thanks Isulifeguard for the address to write to Mz. Hatch.

atlasshrugged
atlasshrugged

turtleneck - The comment that officers put their lives on the line and deserve a break came from his former intimate partner. Apparently the judge felt the same way. Also, the suspect was not a member of the PD. It was the PD that conducted the investigation that led to the trial.

lukeinmexico
lukeinmexico

"If you wouldn't have been there that night, none of this would have happened to you," Hatch said.

Nice...blame the victim...this woman should be removed from the bench.

ljks23
ljks23

Who knows maybe the victim had encouraged his actions and realized she didnt want that at all but it was too late. But of course everyone takes their side. Just a thought.

Dingo Dongo
Dingo Dongo

ljks23: Do you have some actual reason for doubting the verdict, or are you just trying to dream up hypothetical excuses for sexual assault? Who knows! Maybe the victim orchestrated this whole trial as a charade to distract us from the true JFK assassin!

And notice that you have no excuse for Judge Hatch's reprehensible statements.

smartgal
smartgal

Who cares what the victim did? The victim could have been parading around the bar naked and this man had absolutely no right to touch her. Stop being a rape apologist.

PoorFlag
PoorFlag

@Turtleneck, although I can't agree with what the judge said in this case, I believe your facts are clearly wrong. The person talking about him being an officer and deserving to get off easier was not a fellow officer. FYI, he was not Flag PD, it was Flag PD who stepped up and did not care he was a cop. PLease before you bash at least hvae your FACTS straight.

FlagCitizen21
FlagCitizen21

Please remember to VOTE!!! I attended the trial and sentencing; Hatch's opinions were distasteful and untrue to the values we obviously hold so closely. The expressed comments below are an example of this. I praise the victim for participating in the trial. Her only goal was to exploit the positive example she has ALWAYS been for other women. Let's take Hatch's mother's advice. Without having to blame anyone, we can change who makes such powerful decisions.

Tom
Tom

Judge Hatch should resign...her words are very dangerous.

bikooh
bikooh

DPS - DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY: what more should be said? The agency name itself cannot shed its stated existence for PUBLIC SAFETY. Anyone who deviates from this should be held to the higher standard. The officer should declare foul judgment and voluntarily accept a more fitting sentence.

As for the Judge? Judge Hatch has hatched her own hachet. No bench in trade for no professionality, no tact, no justice!

bikooh
bikooh

To the Lady: YOU DID THE ABSOLUTE RIGHT. You suffered an assault. Thank You for taking a deviant out of the DPS.

lonewolf
lonewolf

The judge should be commended for partially correcting an unbelievable verdict from a run-away prosecutor and jury. Any one who goes out and gets intoxicated must be responsible for their actions. The officer lost his job and is on probation. He is being held responsible for his actions. Always remember it was a he said she said with no evidence what so ever to collaborate the woman's story.

Mike G
Mike G

Lots of people who are convicted lose their jobs, not just cops. Where were you then? Testimonial evidence is still evidence. This guy was an obvious danger to society.

Partially correcting? I get that you feel for the guy, but how does blaming the victim account for the purported "runaway prosecutor". How would being groped or a runaway prosecutor be her fault?

smartgal
smartgal

Well, there were witnesses and another witness who saw the officer inappropriately touching someone else. This officer is not being held responsible but then again, when are cops ever held responsible for sexual assaults? But please, do tell us what actions this woman is responsible for? For daring to leave the house without her chastity belt?

PoorFlag
PoorFlag

In other news Metro made a big bust on some local drug dealers, and yet there are only 2 comments!!! So, if I understand, when a cop does break the law, which we all know happens, it causes a huge round of comments, yet when they actually work their butts off, they get not much more than 2 comments? Let's start thanking them, as much as we demonize them.

Mike G
Mike G

The comments are from people being upset at Hatch's blaming, not at the cop.

Joe T
Joe T

this is about a judge, try again.

Dingo Dongo
Dingo Dongo

PoorFlag: Let's start thanking them? Sure, when they do an exceptionally good job. But when they do a merely competent job, all they deserve is a paycheck. And when they grab the genitals of the people they're supposed to protect and get away with a lenient sentence because of a victim-blaming nightmare judge, they deserve to be run out of town and spat on by jeering children.

Also, I'm not thanking any cop for participating in the disastrous War on Drugs.

Fromthemiddle
Fromthemiddle

@poorflag- with the three !!!. If you read the posts, the majority of posts are not related to the sentence or the crime, they are related to the Judges comments.

Bob
Bob

Middle, you complimented Turtleneck on his comment which thoroughly trashed the PD. The PD investigated the crime, made an arrest, prepared the case with the County Attorney and gained a conviction. Sorry, you and the Turtle turned it into a free for all on the PD as did many others. Evans was law enforcment, yes, but he did not work for FPD. The Flagstaff Police Department are the people who arrested him and prepared the case for prosecution, pursuant to their oath and duty.

Joe T
Joe T

Judge Hatch claims that LE has a higher standard, then issues a softball sentence. She "blames the victim," and follows up with a sexist statement about how women should behave. She will never ever get another vote of mine. Also, The numerous LE that came out in support of DPS Evans should be investigated for having preferential treatment of LE in their everyday roles.

Duster
Duster

The Judge let him off easy. Needless to say if a civilian was on trial, it would be a long 2 1/2 years in the Pen. I wonder what is going to happen (if anything) to the cop that killed that defenseless dog over in Sunnyside. WE ARE LIVING IN A POLICE STATE!

Conservativevet
Conservativevet

Duster, I think you need to take a big drink of reality. Police state? If you say so. Not knowing particular facts about this case, it sounds like a" he said, she said". I'm sure someone here can correct me on that. But if that is the case, getting a conviction is nothing short of amazing. Unfortunately there are some officers like Evans that slip through the cracks out there but by no means is this the status quo. Mike, I agree there should be victims rights and advocacy info available.

Dingo Dongo
Dingo Dongo

Conservativevet:

1. The cop is guilty. Nobody disputes that. It's a matter of plain fact.
2. Cops and DAs and judges work together, and routinely cut corners and bend the rules to make each other's lives easier. Cops routinely lie on the stand to help the state's case, DAs do their best not to prosecute cops, and cops get special leniency when judges give them a punishment. It's an obvious conflict of interest, but that's how it works.

Dave J
Dave J

it sounds like a" he said, she said"

That's a claim about the strength of the case. The man was convicted of this crime--a jury of his peers found him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Sentencing can't and shouldn't be about retrying the facts of the case--that part is over.

Mike G
Mike G

Eric you need to do a follow up to this story highlighting the services available to victims in Coconino County. Judge Hatch has done irreparable damage to the cause of not only sexual violence but violence against women as a whole.

Juniper
Juniper

"Before giving the officer two years’ probation, Hatch said: 'If you wouldn’t have been there that night, none of this would have happened to you.' // In addition to Judge Hatch's shocking disregard for the victim and misplaced moralizing, she needs to learn to speak correct English! The sentence is a past conditional and should read: "If you hadn't been there, none of this would have happened" (etc). Judge Hatch puts her profession, her town and her self to shame. She should resign.

firstamendmentartist
firstamendmentartist

Good point Juniper.
This judge does nothing physical, she just sits at the bench, listening to words, interpreting words, then strings words together to dispense the power of that bench. Words are the tools of the court. If she doesn't have a command of these tools, what other qualifications does she not have to be sitting at that bench?
We have to get rid of her.

Captain America
Captain America

There you have it Flagstaff moms and dads! If your daughter goes to a downtown bar and is sexually assaulted by a man, the jury will convict but your republican appointee judge will let the man walk free. Recall now! The people control who is the government!

JBaker1
JBaker1

Judge Hatch wrong. Victim brave. I am using fewer words, because AZ Daily Sun has blocked my previous comments because I used anatomically correct words.

trn
trn

This judge is so far out of line it is unbelievable. These comments should have never entered her mind, let alone escape her mouth - in her courtroom. Women have suffered abuse for centuries, and when one takes a stand, steps up and refuses to be violated silently - another woman comes up with this type of conclusion. I would like her to say it is acceptable for an intoxicated police officer to run his fingers over her daughter's genitals in a bar and it is her fault for being there. Resign!!

Joseph
Joseph

If you are mad about the sentence, you should be mad at the county attorney. They make the recommendations for charging. We have a notoriously soft county attorney in this warm and fuzzy county. Maybe its time people wake up to this fact and do something about it! Demand justice! The judge showed bad judgement in publicly saying what everyone already knows except for idiots that go out and continue to make bad decisions. Victim's fault? Nope. Did she make a poor decision? Yep.

Mike G
Mike G

What were those poor decisions? What was the sentence recommended by the County Attorney?

firstamendmentartist
firstamendmentartist

Joseph, poor decision? sorry. This is America, land of the free, home of the brave! We all, male, female, young, old, have the right to go to public places any time, day and night. If you think she should have stayed home, you might as well concede defeat to the Taliban right now, hide your womenfolk in burkas and forcebly bow down toward mecca at prayer time.
I'm standing up for American freedom, and the woman in this case is a hero for doing what was right. Hatch must go.

Arakiba
Arakiba

Telling this woman -- a victim of a crime -- that she's ruining the perpetrator's life by reporting it is ridiculous. This man ruined his own life by choosing to commit a criminal act.

SheCriedWolf
SheCriedWolf

Judge Hatch is doing no more than stating the truth that apparently most people don't want to hear: "Bad things can happen in bars". Coconino Cnty Coordinated Community Response Team to Domestic Violence + Sexual Assault holds “multi-session training presentations that cover sexual violence dynamics as they relate to alcohol-serving establishments.”(from related article "Advocates rally for victims' rights"). It happens - if you're not there it can't happen to you. Face the facts Flagstaff.

chris24
chris24

you are so totally correct, she obviously should have stayed in the kitchen where she couldnt have been groped. i think this case would have been better if the officer wouldve done physical damage to some of the tables, chairs, and electronics in the bar so the judge could tell the bar owner... "if that equipment wasnt there it wouldnt have been destroyed"

greatlakesgal
greatlakesgal

Ok, so women should never go out in case something bad happens? Men in bars should have a free license to touch women whenever they want because they are in a bar? Sorry, She, but the laws are the laws in a bar, a club, the gym, ANYWHERE.

dak
dak

Judgehttp://www.azcourts.gov/Default.aspx?alias=www.azcourts.gov/ethics
Hatch brought her personal bias into court with her. This is something a judge should never do. She basically gave a green light to any man in a bar to grope a woman. If a judge cannot rise above personal and religious beliefs and bring a sentence based stricly on the law, then they shouldn't be sitting in a courtroom. I strongly suggest that formal complaints be made through the Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Dani0812
Dani0812

Honestly, I am not often "ashamed" to live in this beautiful, generous community. But this is wrong on so many levels. Not even having to register as a sex offender when he was a police officer? Are you kidding me? I'm so sad for this woman and the uphill battle we all face. Sexual assualt is a CRIME. A violent, degrading, offensive crime! As Americans its time to get on board and start supporting those effected. My sincere apologies to this brave woman. Thank you for stepping up.

nativegirl
nativegirl

DPS lost a GOOD officer. Alcohol consumption causes humans to make poor choices. Not very professional to flip badge at the local watering hole. I was not there the night this happened. Where YOU? Funny there were NO witnesses to the "victims" accusations. Certainly someone would of seen something? As far as the judges comments... WOW, I was even a little bit mortified. Officer was made an "example of." Hopefully he can get on with his life after his sentence is completed.

mary ann
mary ann

Women iin some Middle East countries are required to completely cover themselves so as not to "entice" or "seduce" men into assaulting them. The religious powers in these countries, all men, blame the women for these assaults, not the men. What they don't say is that those men have so little control of themselves and so little respect for women that a mere glimpse of female skin sends them over the edge into an uncontrollable lustful frenzy. Sounds kind of like Hatch.

talisman
talisman

here in the uk, the sentencing is extreemly lenient as opposed to the united states in comparison. although it appears that on this occasion due to an overly lenient judge thats not the case,
if he is found guilty of this form of offence its not the job of the judge to make those type of comments towards a victim that has already been through the torment of reliving her ordeal in an open courtroom in front of complete strangers.
it appears as a biased sentence, very lenient and no register..???

Fahrenheit
Fahrenheit

It's disconcerting to me, to say the least, that a *judge* has the introject of "When you blame others, you give up your power to change" and that she's using that introject *against the victim*. The transparently sexist and demeaning statements made by the judge to the victim lead me to believe that any person holding a position of power in our legal system should be required to undergo extensive therapy prior to gaining his/her seat.

woefatcat
woefatcat

Funny how when a teacher would do the same thing as this (thankfully) ex cop he/she would be subject to the term "a person in the position of trust", yet when a cop does the same this term does not apply? Is it because we should all know better then to trust a cop?

KeepitREAL
KeepitREAL

To help people understand the misrepresentation of justice here. 1/4 women will be assaulted. http://www.ncadv.org/files/DomesticViolenceFactSheet(National).pdf
Violence against women is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes death.The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime

loveflaggstaff
loveflaggstaff

The only way this judge can save face is to get out. Resign. She has got to go. Asking for forgiveness after the fact doesnt cut it. She only apologised because she was put on the spot for her stupid behaviour. I dont feel sorry for the cop he got what he deserved. When your a cop your always a cop you dont have time off from the job as do other positions of authority such as teachers. Your always on the job even when you are off. I am so proud of the victim for stepping up!

Halli
Halli

The judge's statements to the victim are abhorrent, and should be reprimanded. However, as a lawyer and as a woman, I do not think that sex offender status, or jail time, would have been appropriate. Registering of sex offenders is to attempt to protect others by letting people know of a possible risk. In this case, there does not appear to be any further risk to the public, nor any risk of further offense. He properly lost his job, and now also has a felony record. Probation is appropriate.

arodomus
arodomus

You think so? He was also drunk driving, used his authority to gain entry, and once again to threaten the bouncers. The guy seems drunk with power and should probably get a good 6 months in jail. I don't agree with the sex offender reg, I reserve that for rapists and child molesters.

arodomus
arodomus

Wahhhh. He's upset because he can't hunt or vote anymore. He's lucky he didn't go to jail. The judge, what can I say about that buffoon, it's people like her that make crimes like this and in some cases worst go unreported. I wonder if she had a conceal carry and shot him if she'd be legally covered.

sm
sm

REgistry the ex-cop as a sex offender would have been appropriate and the victim was was very brave to have gone through the humiliation.

HiGi
HiGi

Just a thought, had he a man in that way, I wonder what the outcome would yield?

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