Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Man Charged With Incest in West Virginia

This is another example of a story covering an incest prosecution that doesn’t have enough details.

A Boone County man was in Boone County Circuit Court Friday morning charged with assaults that are alleged to have taken place between 1974 and 1976.

Denzil McCormick, 54, McCormick was taken to Southwestern Regional Jail on Dec. 6, 2010.

So he was, I’m assuming, 18 years of age rather than 17 when these incidents of which he’s being accused were alleged to have started?

His charges include two counts of crimes against nature, two counts of first-degree sexual assault, two counts of third-degree sexual assault and four counts of incest.

Are we talking about a total of ten different assaults, or are we talking about four assaults? If we’re talking about four assaults, it seems to me the counts of “crimes against nature” and “incest” are likely superfluous. It is not possible for someone to commit an incestuous assault without either raping, sexually assaulting, or molesting someone, all of which should be illegal and severely punished whether not they are committed by a relative.

I’d also like to know that this isn’t actually a matter of consensual sex with, say, a sibling who is close in age. On the other hand, if this was a matter of the defendant sexually assaulting or molesting a significantly younger sibling, niece, or nephew, then I’d like to know what in the world took so long to bring charges?

Here's another article with even less information about a different case.

We need better reporting on these matters so that consensual sex is not lumped together with rape, assault, or molestation. It does matter.
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