Ex-student sentenced in rape case - SantaFeNewMexican.com
This is just awful. The school has a history of covering-up rapes by students and faculty. Click through to see the depressing timeline. Also, the leded is buried, so I'm pasting it in as the first paragraph.
In October 2006, the victim, who was 15 at the time, told police Chavez, then 19, took her into a boys bathroom in the school's medical building and had sex with her after she told him no several times
, according to a statement of probable cause. The statement said Chavez admitted the girl told him no,
but his lawyer disputed that version, saying the police were not properly trained to interrogate a deaf person.
"Victim blaming" by teachers and administrators at the New Mexico School for the Deaf partly explains why a former student accused of rape received a plea deal, a prosecutor said Thursday.
Jorge Chavez, 21, was sentenced to three years of probation Thursday, after he pleaded guilty earlier in the week to fourth-degree criminal sexual penetration and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Judge Michael Vigil and prosecutor Barbara Romo said the case was riddled with difficulties, including issues with interpreting sign language, the prospect of sentencing Chavez to a prison where he might not be able to communicate with anyone and the fact the victim's account varied greatly from the story Chavez told. Romo also said she was "shocked" by the attitude of administrators and teachers at the New Mexico School for the Deaf, several of whom showed up to support Chavez on Thursday.
One teacher said Chavez was not a rapist and, using the metaphor of an ocean, likened him to a powerful shark and the victim to "little algae," Romo said. Another teacher said she did not believe the victim had been raped because the girl was not acting like a rape victim and should have been shaking and vomiting, Romo said.