He raped an 11-year-old girl who got chlamydia and received no jail time.
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Joseph Meili

In 2018, Upworthy reported on a disturbing story out of Alaska where a man kidnapped, strangled, and masturbated on a woman and received no jail time.

In August of 2017, Justin Schneider picked up a native Alaskan woman who needed a ride. Later, he pulled over to the side of the road, and told her to get out of the car so he could load some things. Then, he tackled her to the ground, strangled her until she was unconscious, and then mastrubated on her.

A grand jury indicted Schneider on four felony counts including kidnapping, assault, harassment, and "offensive contact with fluids." However, in a grave miscarriage of justice, Schneider struck a plea deal, and Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Corey sentenced him to a two-year suspended sentence and gave him credit for the year he served under house arrest.

Essentially, as long as Schneider keeps up with the terms of his probation, he serves no time behind bars.


Although Schneider got away with a heinous act, the judge didn't fare so well. In November 2018, Corey was voted off the bench by the people of Alaska.

Now, another white man has struck a plea deal that keeps him out of jail after a heinous act against a female.

Joseph Meili, a 22-year-old Missouri man, plead guilty to molesting an 11-year-old girl, but will receive no jail time.

In 2017, Meili began chatting with the girl over a dating app she accessed on her mother's phone. A few weeks after they began chatting, Meili picked her up and took her to an apartment. According to a probable cause statement, he took off the girl's clothes and raped her.

While the girl was being raped, there was a search party looking for her. She returned home that night and later tested positive for chlamydia and traces of Meili's semen was found in her underwear.

Meili was charged with with child kidnapping, statutory rape, and statutory sodomy. His attorney claimed the girl looked of age and that his client was "catfished" by the girl. "But to actually see her in person... he knew and just decided to go along with it anyway," Elizabeth Fax, the Greene County Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, told HuffPost.

Prosecutors recommended that Meili be sent to prison for a 120-day sex offender program. But that didn't happen.
Instead, Meili struck a deal with Judge Calvin R. Holden in which he admitted to the crime, but will only serve five years of supervised probation. The charges of kidnapping and statutory rape were dismissed.

Holden has a history of leniency against child molesters.

According to The Washington Post, over the past three years, in three similar cases involving minors between the ages of 8 and 16, Holden gave out five-year probation sentences.

"I feel horrible for the victim in this case," Meili's attorney told The Washington Post. But he believes the sentence was fair because, "he's going to be a sex offender for the rest of his life. He's never going to escape this."

What about the girl who was raped at the age of 11?

What you permit, you teach. And the sentence handed down by Judge Holden is a permission slip to would-be rapists to prey upon women because they will be supported by the justice system. It is also a statement that, in the state of Missouri, it's open season on girls because their lives are less important than those who sexually assault them.

One can hope that Judge Holden receives the same fate as Judge Corey of Alaska for being lenient on sexual predators.

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