The Odd Story of Cody Duane Scott Herrera and Judge Randy Stoker
Crime: Statutory Rape
This is a bizarre story. Is it about underage sex or pedophilia? Is it about consensual sex or rape? Is it about leniency or lunacy? It’s crazy.
The basic story is a 17-year-old young man took the virginity of a 14-year-old girl and was subsequently charged with statutory rape.
I found this explanation of statutory rape at Criminal.FindLaw.com:
“Statutory rape differs from other types of rape, and from child molestation, in that the act would not be a crime if all participants were above the age of consent. Unlike “forcible rape,” statutory rape can involve underage participants who willingly engage in sexual relations. However, because those under the age of consent cannot give legal consent to sex, the act is a crime whether or not force is involved. If the act involves force or coercion, many states prosecute the offender under the separate statutes punishing child molestation or aggravated rape.”
This brings us to the tale of Cody Duane Scott Herrera of Twin Falls, Idaho, USA. The 19-year-old has had a shockingly active sex life — 34 sexual partners by the time he was 17. Personally, I don’t see the appeal, but admittedly it’s been decades since I’ve been a teenager. *sigh* (Back then guys in mullet or shag hairdos were the thing – like David Cassidy <3.)
Ahem, back to the story. So Cody Duane Scott Herrera apparently likes sex a whole lot, and has had a whole lot of success convincing people to be his sex partners. Disturbingly, he has a taste for porn depicting rape, and he has fantasized, allegedly, about sex with a 13-year-old girl.
Does that make Cody Herrera a pedophile- or rapist-in-training? Let’s look beyond the basic story.
Around Thanksgiving 2014, Cody Herrera met a girl. She said she was 16, he was 17, and they began to see each other.
When the girl’s mother found out about the relationship, she contacted Cody Herrera and made it crystal clear that her daughter was only 14 years old and not allowed to date.
Unfortunately, that didn’t stop Cody Herrera from seeing the girl in secret. Sneaky little bastard.
On March 2, 2015, the little doucherag asshole snuck into the girl’s bedroom. The plan, she thought, was to watch a movie together. Cody Herrera had different ideas. He began groping the girl, and he touched her intimately. He took off her clothes and his, and despite the girl telling him to stop, he had sex with her.
Cody Duane Scott Herrera knew the girl was only 14. He heard her telling him to stop. Still he was determined to take her virginity.
IMO, that makes him not only a statutory rapist, but also a forcible rapist.
The girl, naturally, was afraid to tell her parents because of the trouble she’d get into. And maybe because of the trouble her rapist would get into.
Eventually she confessed to her mother. I’m so glad she did that. The mother confronted the f*ckturd who begged not to be sent to jail because he’d be raped or stabbed or something. She turned him in to the authorities.
Cody Duane Scott Herrera, 19, pled guilty to statutory rape. On February 6, 2017, Judge Randy Stoker sentenced him to 5 to 15 years in prison. Yay! … Except the judge kept talking. Judge Stoker suspended the entire sentence for a 1-year therapeutic program. If the nasty little rapist completes the program successfully, he’ll get probation.
Now here’s the bizarre part: Judge Stoker told Cody Herrera, “If you’re ever on probation with this court, a condition of that will be you will not have sexual relations with anyone except who you’re married to, if you’re married.”
Get that? The judge sentenced this rapist to celibacy! Is that even enforceable? Will the authorities bust down Cody Herrera’s bedroom door if they think he’s got a sex partner? Will they follow him everywhere and chase away all females within sniffing distance? Will they force him to wear a chastity belt? Or will they just take the little snot blob’s word for it that he’s celibate?
It’s a ludicrous sentence. Judge Stoker believes that 34 sex partners are more than enough. OK, that’s his opinion. And the judge feels that Cody Herrera shouldn’t have any more sex partners until he’s married. Again, that’s his opinion. But this judge believes he can judicially impose celibacy upon the young man. Is that constitutional? And he also believes that an unenforceable condition of probation will somehow deter Cody Herrera from having sex. As I said, ludicrous.
That stupid condition of probation will not prevent the asswipe from being sexually active. What it will do is force him to be sneaky about it. He’s already sneaky enough, don’t you think?
Personally, I don’t care if Cody Herrera has a hundred times the number of sex partners. I do care that he targeted an underage girl. I do care that he didn’t take “no” for an answer. And I do feel that a prison sentence would have been more of a deterrent for him.
So, people of Twin Falls, keep your young daughters safe from Cody Herrera. Maybe the therapeutic program will work for him but he has no business being around young girls anyway.