Female judge issues apology to groping victim of Public Safety officer
“If you wouldn’t have been there that night, none of this would have happened to you,” Hatch told the woman.
The judge further said that all women must be vigilant against becoming victims. Even going to the grocery store after 10 p.m. can be dangerous, Hatch said.
The Daily Sun wrote in an editorial that while Hatch likely meant well by telling the victim to avoid unnecessary risks, the victim should not have been subjected to a public lecture for standing up for herself after being violated.
A jury found Robb Gary Evans, 43, guilty of felony sexual abuse after a July trial. Hatch sentenced the former Department of Public Safety officer on Wednesday to two years’ probation, community service and treatment.