A man who prosecutors say tied up a 14-year-old girl before sexually assaulting her on school grounds will serve no jail time per the decision of a Chesterfield, Virginia judge with a history lenient sentences in sex crime cases. In one case, he released a rapist who went on to kill.
Logan Michael Osborn, 19, (pictured) pleaded guilty in September to having carnal knowledge of the victim, according to WTVR in Richmond. He was sentenced to two years behind bars at the time but in January, Chesterfield Circuit Court Judge T.J. Hauler decided to review the case and on Wednesday sentenced Osborn to zero jail time. Osborn has been accused of sexual misconduct seven different times in his young life, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. In one of the seven incidents, Obsborn was charged with grabbing the genitals of another student in 2011. He was 12 at the time. That case was eventually dismissed.
Last April, Osborn, then 18, met the teen girl after a high school play. He led her down a secluded path and allegedly tied a belt around her neck and hands and performed a sex act on her, prosecutors said, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Osborn told a courtroom he made “poor judgment,” the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. His attorneys argued that the encounter was consensual but the age of consent in the state is 18.
This isn’t the first time Hauler was criticized for going light on a defendant. In 2015, he released a convicted rapist named Dana William against the wishes of the state of Virginia, according to WTVR-TV in Richmond. Months after being released, William murdered his ex-wife’s parents before killing himself, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. A 2016 op-ed defended the judges' decision, stating that he didn't have much choice but to release William because of a victim's reluctance to testify.
Before any of that, Hauler was criticized in 2009 by Virginia state Sen. Steven Martin who called him one of the most overturned judges in the area, according to WTVR.
[Photo: Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office]