Do Mine Eyes Deceive Me?

     Three men gang-raped a minor, filmed it, and were sentenced to probation?

     WEST JORDAN — Two men accused of raping a 14-year-old girl who was in and out of consciousness and another man charged with videotaping the sexual encounter were sentenced Wednesday to 48 months of probation.

     Third District Judge Douglas Hogan sentenced each to between one and 15 years in prison but suspended the prison sentences in lieu of probation. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will first address the immigration status of two of the men before they begin serving the probation.

     All three have been incarcerated since September of 2017 when the charges were filed. Richard Djassera, 26, of Murray; Dodjim Leclair, 29, of Murray; and Nasouh Albasis-Albasis, 24, of West Valley City, were each charged initially with two counts of aggravated sexual assault, a first-degree felony. Djassera was also charged with an additional four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony.

     Under plea deals, Djassera pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony, after attorneys noted there was no evidence that he engaged in sex with the victim. Leclair and Albasis both pleaded guilty to a reduced count of rape, a second-degree felony.

     According to police, the 14-year-old victim sneaked out of a sleepover to meet with the three men, who took her to multiple parties where she got drunk. Later, two of the men raped her while she was in and out of consciousness in the car, and the third recorded the encounter on video.

     The perpetrators:

     Someone please tell me this didn’t actually happen in an American court!


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    • Steve Walton on May 15, 2022 at 8:10 PM

    Francis, you truly haven’t internalized the consequences of losing a coup, have you?

    1. Perhaps not to this extent. I knew there would be several, but…Utah? Really? Utah?

    • 21stCenturyCassandra on May 16, 2022 at 3:28 AM

    Not just America, Fran, but in Utah. One would have thought that the people of Utah would take a rather dim view of such things. But then, they elected Orrin Hatch to the Senate for decades and now Pierre Delecto, so, maybe I’m wrong.

    • Groman on May 16, 2022 at 3:44 AM

    Just outside Salt Lake City, Utah. Diversity is our strength, right? 

    • Abbe Faria on May 16, 2022 at 12:39 PM

    Let’s be clear about the actual punishment. The men have already served 5 years in prison. So they aren’t just getting probation. They’re getting 5 years plus probation. Is 5 years enough?  Not to me, but that’s still the wrong approach, IMHO. 
    A better approach would be exile into Heinlein’s Coventry, with a high bar for any return into society. That high bar would include proof of education, productive skills, and proper socialization – a bar that these three animals would likely never clear. Which would suit me fine.
    Our real problem is that we keep adding miscreants and low IQ wastrels into society and we have no culling mechanism at all. Prison is mostly a net negative. COVENTRY – we need it – now!

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