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Why harder on men?

Published April 25, 2013 1:01 am

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The Tribune reported that a female high school swim coach, Jamie Jo Waite, was found guilty on four charges of forcible sexual abuse and sentenced to seven months in jail and three years probation for having sex with an underage boy ("Utah swim coach sentenced to 210 days jail for having sex with teen," Tribune, April 13).

Last Wednesday's newspaper told of a male prep school teacher and soccer coach, Broch Clyde DeGraff, who was found guilty on two charges of forcible sex abuse and four charges of attempted forcible sex abuse for having sex with two underage girls. His sentence? — "up to 20 years in prison" ("Former Utah teacher gets prison for sexually abusing two students," Tribune, April 17).

A sentence for the man 34 times more harsh than the one the woman received! Can someone explain the impartiality of this?

Something is terribly broken in a judicial system that gives men such harsh, unfair and ridiculous sentences.

Charlie Greenland

Highland