A college student has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for rape, despite the act never happening.
Back in September 2016, former University of Kansas college student #AlbertNWilson visited a popular college bar called Jayhawk Café with his friend. While there, Wilson met a woman who was visiting a family member who attended the college. At the time, Wilson was 20, and the girl was 17.
In order to get into the bar, Albert Wilson used his friend’s ID; the girl and her cousin weren’t carded at all. Wilson and the girl ended up going back to Wilson’s apartment. That night led to Wilson being sentenced to 12 years in prison with a lifetime of probation and a mandatory sex offender for events that allegedly never happened, according to Wilson.
Wilson said the two did go back to his apartment, but sex never happened, only kissing. Both parties said they met while on the dancefloor at the bar. Wilson allegedly lifted the girl’s skirt and touched her while they kissed. Soon after, Wilson invited the girl back to his place, which was walking distance from the bar. Neither Wilson nor the woman asked for one another’s age. The alleged victim said Wilson raped her, but Wilson said that wasn’t true. “She didn’t seem intoxicated at all,” said Wilson. Wilson says the two kissed and performed other sexual acts, but sex never happened. According to Kansas Bureau of Investigation scientists testified that Wilson’s DNA was found on the girl’s chest — where he said he kissed her — but no seminal fluid or DNA was found. Following the incident, a nurse collected swabs from the girl, and photos were taken of her inner thighs. During the trial, Wilson maintained his innocence and explained why he initially told police he didn’t remember what happened at his apartment.
“I don’t know how to explain this, but I come from a different background than you, ma’am,” said Wilson, who is black to Judge Sally Pokorny, who is white. “… I just felt like the police [were] against me at that point.” Wilson has no criminal record, earned his associates degree from a community college before transferring to KU. After six hours, an all-white jury convicted Wilson of rape. Wilson was given the reported “lowest end of what’s called for by Kansas sentencing guidelines for rape.” Video surveillance showed the two engaging with each other on the dancefloor, and only stayed at Wilson’s apartment for five minutes before returning to the bar.
Now the nation is in an uproar, demanding justice for Wilson. People are not questioning why rapists like #BrockTurner received lighter sentences.