Iowa Independent: Blogger Kyle Payne sentenced to six months in county jail
Payne received 360 days, with 180 days suspended on each of two counts of invasion of privacy, a serious misdemeanor charge. He was also given one year of probation on each count. On the charge of 2nd degree attempted burglary, a felony, Payne received an indeterminate term of prison not to exceed five years, with incarceration suspended. He will placed on probation for three years.
In addition, under a new portion of Iowa law that involves sexually-related crimes, Payne was given a 10 year period of parole. That sentence begins at the end of his regular term of probation. Because of the nature of his crime, he will not be required to register as a sex offender in the state of Iowa.
We thought that his plea bargain was all about avoiding official “sex offender” registration, and I guess this particular sex offender succeeded in that. I hope, at least, that every rape counselling and women’s assistance service in the country knows his name and face, and knows not to take him on as a “volunteer”.
An exchange from the sentencing hearing:
Quoting repeatedly from Payne’s most recent blog post and pointing to what he described as a “narcissistic” tendancies, Buena Vista County Attorney Dave Patton requested the court sentence Payne to prison. “[His blog post] indicates that he believes this is not all about the victim,” Patton said. “He believes it is all about him.”
F. Montgomery Brown, who served as Payne’s attorney, argued for a deferment while documenting how “the blogosphere lit into” Payne. “Why was this kid so sensational?” Brown asked the court. “Because he made a spectacle of himself, in part. … But being a hypocrite is not a sentencing factor.”
Several feminist bloggers have written about the case because Payne had been so public with not only his feminist leanings, but his advocacy on behalf of victims of rape and sexual assault.
“He can’t be penalized for exercising his Constitutional rights,” Brown said of the blog post. “Frankly, I’m asking the court to be creative.”
Edit 2, 27 Aug: Ideologically Impure notes that Kyle Payne has updated his blog. Unsurprisingly, it is full of ragingly narcissistic bullshit, yet another faked apology, and introspective musing about what hard work it is walking around not sexually assaulting people.
Please know that I take what I did very seriously and will do everything I can to make sure nothing like this happens again. This case has provided an extremely necessary wake-up call as I learn how to make responsible decisions, how to hold myself accountable for wrongdoings, and most importantly, how to act in accordance with my own professed values and beliefs. I sincerely appreciate everyone who has participated in this process to ensure that this act of male dominance does not, like so many others, go overlooked and unchallenged.
Dude needs him some Yoda. Kyle: Do, or do not. There is no try. And shut the fuck up you should.