High school wrestler and football player Logan Michael Osborn, then 18, met a 14-year-old girl at a high school play in April 2017. After the curtain fell, they went for a walk down a secluded path, where Osborn overcame the young woman, tied a belt around her neck and hands, and performed a sex act. Osborn’s defense attorneys argued that it all was consensual, but consensual or not, she was still only 14, making this statutory rape.
In September 2017, Osborn pleaded guilty to sexual assault, saying that his conduct was the result of “poor judgement.” The judge sentenced Osborn to 10 years in prison with eight years suspended on his conviction of having carnal knowledge of the girl without use of force, a felony. Osborn also had to register as a sex offender. In January, however, Chesterfield (Virginia) Circuit Judge T.J. Hauler stayed the two-year term, saying he wanted to review the case further,and this week, he revealed the result of his review. The entire 10-year sentence is now stayed, meaning that Osborn will receive no prison time at all.
At last week’s hearing, Judge Hauler asked to hear “some positive things” about Osborn so James Trent, a foreman at an electrical company where he now works, commended Osborn’s work ethic and performance, saying that “sky’s the limit” for his future. The negative things? Well, he does appear to be a habitual sexual predator, if that counts. He has been accused of engaging in inappropriate sexual conduct with girls seven previous times, including when he was 12. In that case, Osborn was charged with grabbing the genitals of another student. (The case was dismissed.)
Just as the attack on the 14 year-old girl does not appear to be out of character for Osborn, now free as a bird, questionable jurisprudence is not out of character for Judge Hauler. In 2016, he rejected Virginia’s request to deny the release of Dana William, who was in prison for raping his ex-girlfriend. William had also been accused, though not charged, of other rapes. But Hauler, perhaps feeling that the “sky was the limit” for the prisoner’s future, let him loose anyway, whereupon he strangled his ex-wife’s father and abducted her mother. Williams fatally shot himself as police closed in. Investigators later found the body of the mother.
Oopsie! Well, every decision can’t be a gem.
In 2009, before the Dana William debacle, Virginia state Sen. Steven Martin pronounced Hauler unfit for the bench because so many of his decisions were overturned.reported. “I had serious concerns and did some research and felt like it was best that he not continue on the bench,” Martin said at the time. Luckily, no official action against Hauler was taken.
Luckily for Virginia rapists and Logan Osborn, that is.
One has to wonder if Osborn would be in prison today if he were black. What am I saying? I don’t wonder at all. Do you? Of course he would. But if you are thinking about kneeling on a football field about the injustice of this, please note: the injustice is not that a black Logan Osborn would be in prison, but rather that the white one isn’t.