UK Judge Says Man Convicted Of Raping Unconscious Woman Is Not A “Classic Rapist”

The good news: 29-year-old Lee Setford has been jailed for five years after a jury found him guilty of raping a drunk woman passed out on his couch. The bad news: the judge in the case, Michael Mettyear, is really sad about it and had the nerve to offer Setford some consoling words after the verdict was read that reenforce dangerous myths about sexual assault. Namely, that Setford isn’t a “classic rapist” — are there also avant garde rapists and mod rapists and sporty rapists? — and that it’s a shame he didn’t just plead guilty so he could get a lesser sentence. Yes, seriously.

Judge Mettyear told Setford:

“It’s sad to see a man of generally good character in the dock for such a serious offense.

I do not regard you as a classic rapist. I do not think you are a general danger to strangers. You are not the type who goes searching for a woman to rape.

This was a case where you just lost control of normal restraint. …

It was almost out of the blue that two girls turned up late at night, very, very drunk, at your home.

The victim was the worst for drink out of the two of them. She was completely out of it. I accept that evidence.

She was a pretty girl who you fancied. You simply could not resist. You had sex with her.”

Mettyear’s description of a “classic rapist” is especially disturbing, as the vast majority of rape victims are raped by someone they know, not a stranger “who goes searching for a woman to rape.” Mettyear, while “willing” to accept the fact that the victim was too drunk/passed out to give consent, clearly thinks this is a whole lot of fuss for what amounts to a bro being a bro, unable to resist that pussy. It’s almost like he gets it and dare I say empathizes with why Setford did what he did, which, by the way, was RAPE A WOMAN IN HER SLEEP. I’m surprised Mettyear didn’t come around the bench, put his arm around Setford and offer to buy him one last beer before he heads to prison. Thank goodness this verdict was not actually left in his hands.

[Salon]