Target: Deputy State Attorney General Casey Hemmer
Goal: Properly punish Idaho teen who allegedly sexually assaulted black and disabled teammate.
An Idaho teenager and high school football player, who is accused of sexually assaulting his black and mentally disabled teammate in October of 2015, recently pleaded guilty to lesser charges. John R. K. Howard, 19, has escaped jail time and his sex crime charges have been dropped. Instead, Howard pleaded guilty to a felony count of injury to a child. As a result, his punishment only includes community service and probation. Howard can also have his conviction dismissed after successfully completing the terms of his probation.
In May of 2016, it was reported to the attorney general’s office that Howard and two of his teammates had allegedly held the victim down and forced a wire coat hanger into his rectum before repeatedly kicking him in the head. The two other students involved in the crime have been charged in juvenile court. This assault also followed several months of racial discrimination against the victim. This discrimination involved being called ‘Kool-aid,’ ‘watermelon’ and the n-word. Howard also plastered a confederate flag sticker on the victim’s computer.
Deputy State Attorney General Casey Hemmer does not believe Howard’s actions constitute a sex crime. Hemmer said that though the actions were “egregious” they “don’t believe it’s appropriate for Mr. Howard to suffer the consequences of a sex offender.”
A sex offender is an individual who commits a crime involving a sexual act and Howard’s actions allegedly involved one. Howard needs to be rightfully punished for his crime and deserves to face whatever sentence that may involve. Sign below to demand that Deputy State Attorney General Casey Hemmer hold Howard appropriately accountable for his actions.
Dear Deputy Attorney General Hemmer,
It is your job to hold John R. K. Howard accountable for the crime he committed. Howard attacked his black and mentally disabled teammate after months of harassment and allegedly shoved a wire coat hanger into his rectum. You may believe that he doesn’t deserve to suffer the consequences of a sex offender, but the assault of which he is accused involved a sexual crime so that makes him one.
We don’t believe he is being rightfully punished and should you fail to acknowledge that, it may be time for us to demand your own recall. Howard is not just another high school student and football player, he is a sex offender.
We urge you to reconsider your conclusions and to give Howard the punishment he deserves for his actions.
[YOUR NAME HERE]
Photo Credit: Tarrant County Jail