Apr 29, 2010 8:02 PM
A controversial ruling for former assistant ROTC instructor Glenn Blakey, who was convicted of having sex with a 16-year old student at Las Plumas High School. Butte County Superior Court Judge Robert Glusman sentenced Blakey to four years of probation and one year in jail with time already served. Blakey will not have to register as a sex offender.
Prosecutors say Blakey would pick up the teenager from her home a couple times a week over a three month period to have sex at a wildlife refuge in Oroville. District Attorney Mike Ramsey is disappointed by the judge's decision. He says the judge blamed the teenage girl, saying she iniated the relationship. "To blame a victim for and basically this was a stary-eyed victim who looked up to this decorated marine corp veteran, ROTC teacher, and to in any way place blame upon her or say that, to use this as an excuse is rather troubling," Ramsey explained.
The Oroville Union High School Superintendent feels the same. "I am disappointed by the judge's ruling, especially when it places any blame on the victim, a minor," Superintendent Oran Roberts explained.
However Blakey's attorney is pleased with the ruling and sent us a statement saying he has the highest respect for Judge Glusman and is confident that blakey will return to the community as a productive and law abiding citizen.
This is not the first time Judge Glusman has made a controversial ruling. He sentenced a Chico man to six months in jail and three years probation on a drunk driving conviction. That crash killed the owner of a Chico catering company.