A retired Canadian pastor likely on track to leave a McHenry County courtroom Friday with probation for sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl instead found himself behind bars after he told a judge that the girl acted sexually provocative toward him.At least this time there's a happy ending:
“I tried to avoid the encounters. On a couple of times, I thought I was being sexually harassed,” Kenneth R. Cooke, 73, told a judge. “I think there is psychological evidence today that children, even in their younger years, could become interested in sex.”
After listening to Cooke’s statements, Judge Joseph Condon sentenced him to three years in prison. Condon said the sentence was based partly on Cooke’s attitude.It would be nice if the rape of a four-year-old drew more than eighteen months in prison, which is what Cooke will serve as long as he behaves himself. Still, it's nice to see that the line didn't work this time, at least on the judge. Of course, Cooke still has something to go home to when he leaves the big house:
“That just boggles my mind,” Condon said to Cooke. “You are willing to say whatever is convenient to you and what is most likely to release the pressure of these proceedings against you.”
Cooke’s attorney, William Stanton, asked for Cooke to receive probation, a likely sentence considering Cooke’s lack of criminal history, age and health.Of course he does. I mean, the poor guy got tripped up by a sexy four-year-old. Who could blame him?
“He still remains a highly regarded member of his church and community,” Stanton said.