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Ohio State recruit won’t be charged

Posted on: February 7, 2011 12:10 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2011 5:46 pm
 
Posted by Bryan Fischer

Ohio State recruit Chris Carter will not be charged after being arrested shortly before Signing Day for suspected misdemeanor sexual imposition. The Cleveland (Ohio) offensive lineman was accused of fondling several girls at his high school while measuring them for uniforms.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the city prosecutor’s office concluded its investigation last week and a spokesperson confirmed to the paper that there would not be enough evidence to charge Carter with a crime.

Carter’s scholarship was held open by Buckeye coaches and it appears he will be allowed to sign with the school with the charges formally dropped.

Update: Carter's attorney says that he will sign his letter of intent soon.
Category: NCAAF
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Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2011 9:37 am
 

Ohio State recruit won’t be charged

I never said to "hang him from a yardarm". In fact, I never even said he should be punished. That's for a judge and jury to decide. If you go back to my original post, I said, "I can't help but wonder if this outcome is the result of a lazy prosecutor, an overburdened judicial system, or a good 'ole boy favor to OSU. Probably some blend of all three." The 'outcome' I'm referring to here is that no charges against Carter will be filed despite an admission on his part that he used a ruse to get the girls to disrobe and allow him to touch them inappropriately. I stand by that statement. If you agree this behavior is criminal (and your post seems to indicate you do), then you should be similarly disappointed.

"Boys will be boys", to my knowledge, has never stood up as a justifiable excuse or premise in a court of law, and I doubt this case would be the one to set the precedent. So we're clear, this was not a sandbox shoving match or a out of hand game of spin the bottle in the parents' basement. This guy (an 18 yo, I might add) walked around school with a list of student names, took them out of class to private rooms, and had them disrobe and allow him to touch them inappropriately. Charges should be brought not only because that kind of offense, if true, demands punishment and rehabilitation (these sorts of things can often be precursors to much more serious sexual crimes), but also because the school and its teachers and administrators should have to address how in the world this happened under their watch.

And your use of "Common Man Theory" is completely ridiculous and out of place in this context. Common Man Theory, aka "reasonable man" is a standard of conduct used to judge the conduct of the accused  in determining negligence for both criminal and tort law.  On top of that, one of the most widely accepted allowances for broader standards of behavior under Reasonable Man comes when the actions of children are in question; in other words, teenagers under the age of 18 are typically afforded much more lenient standards than adults. But the main point here is that "Common Man Theory" is used to judge the behavior of the accused not the victim. Before throwing out a bunch of legal jargon in defense of an 18 year old who preys on younger girls, why don't you at least do a Google search so you know what you're talking about?



Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 8:52 pm
 

Ohio State recruit won’t be charged

Ray Lewis sees thugs in every huddle? Must be alot of mirrors in the NFL. 


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Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 2:48 pm
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Since: Sep 30, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2011 9:50 am
 

Ohio State recruit won’t be charged

This statement and the guy who claims people are bashing this kid because of OSU ties are simply ridiculous.

First, having been around a family member who was wrongly touched, the victim feels embarassed, and the first and natural thing is to hide and cover it up.  Then there is that whole high school social dynamic in which the victims probably told friends but since he's a big time football player (in which many get away with a lot in high school if your a star) and these girls didn't want to be looked upon as a rat.  You can't say they are lying because they didn't report it immediately.  Since it didn't happen to you or me directly all of what we hear and read is speculation at this point.

For the people are crucifying him because he's a buckeye guy, you obviously have the idea that when it comes to personal crimes the world is out to get OSU.  How would you feel if this type of situation happened to your sister or girlfriend or family member?  Sure fans of other schools may take shots at the whole OSU school but it's because they are a little more immature.  Any number of recruits going to a different college could have done something this stupid.

Im not an OSU fan and I think its retarded everyone adds 'THE' in front of Ohio State University (like there is a handful of OSU's out there or something).  But in terms of this in ties to this recruit the recruit is who this story should be focused on not OSU. 



Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 9:40 am
 

Ohio State recruit won’t be charged

Nole, It is a despicable act, but one I could understand why this guy went about it. You are the one that doesn't seem to understand that this is HS chicanery run amok based on what I read. Boys will be boys. That is not chauvanistic. I realize that boys do silly crap like this that also is criminal. Is it right? No, and I said as much. And I would also reiterate that THE GIRLS were being asked by a CLASSMATE. Yes, a big one at that. I have not seen anything to suggest that he used his size to intimidate these girls. I think it is funny how you add a little more each time to make it worse and worse and worse instead of just sticking to the story. If he used intimidation then he could be charged with a multitude of crimes of a very serious nature where the penalty phase could see him spending the better part his adulthood in a jail cell, but you sure in the hell never said that he intimidated these girls and the story did not say it either. He asked to measure them for ROTC uniforms. And they obliged. Criminal behavior? Yes! Wrong? Yes! Punishment? Yes.  Blindfold and cigarette? No!
 As far as laws go, one premise that is clearly used is the idea of would an average person (usually adult/not minors) believe this or that. (I.E a threat, showing a badge) Ever hear stories about how this or that person did something stupid, sued someone and won millions. What you never hear about is when these cases go up for appeal, the awarded amount is usually lowered by a substantial portion. Why? A judge decides and he or she uses this idea or theory called the "Common Man Theory". What would an Average Joe think, believe, or know? To make it simple, judges basically say "you can not be so stupid as to not to realize...."
You can say what you want but you have to realize that they (the girls) knew this guy. He wasn't a stranger or an authority figure. He shows up and says I am here to measure you for ROTC. Nobody with him. I am sorry but those girls should have had the light bulb go off. If he were a ROTC Cadet leader and came in uniform then that could fall under the color of authority where the girls may have thought they had no choice. The story never said that either. This reads like a case of boys will be boys. Should he be punished? Yes. Hung from a yardarm? I think not. 

Also Nole, you should read some victim statements. I think you would be surprised at how many "Victims" were partial conspirators in their own victimization. Not in this case, but in others. You might realize why lawyers, judges, leos, and many others are jaded beyond belief.  

 



Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 9:20 am
 

Ohio State recruit won’t be charged

Damn the hits keep coming for an already stumbling school.  Poor osu finally won a semi-big game (with or without their gold pants) and now they've got a sexual predator on the team!?  They might want to put him on defense as he has skills at undressing people.



Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: February 7, 2011 8:21 pm
 

Ohio State recruit won’t be charged

I agree with the two that have been on here the most, I think there are a couple of points thst could use a different angle.

The decay of society in general is what is to blame for this. Carter was found guiltless on the lack of evidence. As previously stated, what more do you want for evidence? While I agree that it takes a lot of gumption to pull off this charade, I don't agree with it. But this also points to the fact that he can get away with it, so why not do it? Society has fallen so far that anyone in higher standing than the majority can get away with this. As for OSU keeping him, another school would snatch him up and there would be no lesson learned.

The girls are to blame as well. Although there were signs saying this is fake, just maybe the girls were just being trusting. Yeah this is a lame excuse, but its part of reality. Girls tend to be trusting and than you add in the mixture of a football player, that is a recipe for something bad to happen. Maybe the girls thought, this is great an important football player is talking to me, and they got caught up in the star struck mode. I don't know, but these are some things to consider. The one that removed everything except her panties sounds like she has a future as a state street worker, being that willing to remove that much clothing for a stranger, I assume stranger.  The one that went only down to her her underwear and than left when requested to take her bra off, she is probably just a trusting high schooler that wasn't thinking. Those two examples right there say that they find that removing clothing is a standard in life. My point being, they obviously don't mind removing clothing. But also in thier defense, you have some giant guy telling them to do things and they have probably all heard stories about some big guy making threats if they didn't obey thier words. Who knows what the girls were thinking?

In general the upcoming generations are just getting dumber and dumber. We are talking about the generation that replaces onions with garlic in recipes, the same ones that think they are entitled to everything in this world without working for it, the same people that

My conlclusions are as follows:

Carter: A morally confused individual that needs to be disciplined by both the coach and the law.
Girls: A bunch gulliable high schoolers.
Guilty: Both are guilty.
Final thoughts: Until society decides that hurting someone's feelings is a good thing, such as telling this player that manipulating girls to fondle them is a bad thing, we should just accept the reality that stories like this are going to keep happening. Does it suck yes, but this is the reality we live in.




Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2011 6:48 pm
 

Ohio State recruit won’t be charged

You think these girls that are making the accusations would have went straight to someone right after it was done.




Since: Feb 7, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2011 6:08 pm
 

Ohio State recruit won’t be charged

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Kid made a childish mistake. Hard to belief considering he is a whole 18 years of age. Love all the TROLLS who crucify him simply out of hate for THE OSU and the Vest. Real hard for the Buckeye fans having to put up w/ a football team that year in year out is in the top 5 and a NUMBER 1 UNDEFEATED basketball team. Jealousy is the sincerest form of flattery




Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Ohio State recruit won’t be charged

Hey, at least he was working at a J-O-B when this supposedly happened.  He won't have to sell future Big 10 rings to live on.  That's the important thing.



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