Judge Defends Comments in Sex Case
Jan. 06, 2000
WASHINGTON (AP) _ A judge who said in court ``it takes two to tango'' in sentencing a man for having sex with an 11-year-old girl made a victim of the child, a prosecutor said.
``The judge blamed the little girl and not the defendant,'' said Doug Gansler, the state's attorney for suburban Montgomery County, Md. ``He victimized the victim.''
In July, the girl's mother found Vladimir Chacon-Bonilla in her daughter's closet with his pants down. The pair met in an Internet chat room and the girl told police the sex was consensual. Chacon-Bonilla claimed he thought she was 17, and later pleaded guilty to committing a second-degree sex offense.
On Tuesday, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Durke G. Thompson sentenced Chacon-Bonilla to 18 months in prison. But in open court, Thompson noted that the girl had invited Chacon-Bonilla into her bed and said ``it takes two to tango.''
In a statement, the judge defended his decision.
``The sentence exceeded the recommendation from the Department of Parole and Probation,'' Thompson wrote. He also cited the fact that this was Chacon-Bonilla's first offense.
His attorney, Rebecca Nitkin, insisted her client is ``absolutely not a predator.''
Still, Gansler said that because Chacon is a citizen of El Salvador, he will urge federal authorities to deport him.