Ken Bennett’s son + Youth camp + Broomsticks = AZ SOS?

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Remember when the Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, the same guy making news today for saying Obama might not be on the Arizona ballot because he might believe the birther conspiracy…

… remember when he was the Senate president in 2006 and his son got busted for shoving “broomsticks and flashlights into the rectums of 18 boys in at least 40 incidents at a youth camp in June” and got away with it… then went off on a Mormon mission?

Ken Bennett may have wondered "The broom was how big?"

The son of Arizona’s Senate president confessed that he and another counselor shoved broomsticks and flashlights into the rectums of 18 boys in at least 40 incidents at a youth camp in June.

Now Yavapai County prosecutors say they will drop all but one assault charge and likely recommend little or no jail time if 18-year-old Clifton Bennett agrees to plead guilty.

But parents say there were signs something bad happened. In a letter home to his mom, a 12-year-old boy described his experience:

“I don’t like our counselors when their (sic) talking about shoving broomsticks up our butts,” the boy said.

In court last week, Bennett apologized for his role. “The actions that occurred there, none of us considered the consequences that would follow,” Bennett said. “The next time I saw these boys, I never expected to see them here.”

Bennett said he was “trying every way he can to rectify the situation.”

Parents of the victims described Bennett’s remarks as self-serving.

“My son was barely 13, and he was grossly abused,” the mother of a Phoenix boy said.

Bennett’s father, Senate President Ken Bennett, R-Prescott, sat behind his son in court. A Prescott native and influential businessman, he has said little publicly about the case. After his son’s arrest, he issued a brief statement expressing concern as a parent.

They described Bennett as an honor student and active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, planning to go on a mission in September. “A felony conviction for assault will make his desire to complete his mission impossible,” they wrote.

Under the plea agreements Bennett and Wheeler could face a maximum two years in prison. But the court could reduce the charges to a misdemeanor and no jail time.

Prosecutors have told parents that they are going to recommend Bennett and Wheeler get five days in jail on the one count, said Lynne Cadigan, a lawyer for two victims.

“If you rape 18 women, would you only be charged with one count?” she said.

via Families outraged at legislator’s son’s plea deal.

For what it’s worth, the last Senate President Russell Pearce, also a Mormon, has a son that violated children also

… and even better, if Jan Brewer does not complete her term, which some people think will be the case to help her successor win as an incumbent… birther nut Ken Bennett gets to take over!

Welcome to Arizona 2012.

24 Responses to “Ken Bennett’s son + Youth camp + Broomsticks = AZ SOS?”

  1. WarrenGRichards

    Jan Brewer was the AZ Sec. of State or Treasurer or something before the default promotion to acting governor when Janet Napalitano was tapped for Homeland Security by President Obama. AZ GOPnP and Teabaggers are FIRMLY SET on destroying this great diverse state, aren’t they?Hang in there if you can, everyone.Your friend,Warren Warren G. Richards Mesa AZ

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  2. Woody Delong

    WoW…The gene pool for qualified politicians is getting thinner and more corrupted every day…and that is not only in the great state of Arizona but nation wide..

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  3. Yvette Rhea

     This is rape.  Why is it not being treated as rape?  If these boys had done this to girls, they’d be in prison for a long time.  These little boys were raped by the other boys and it doesn’t matter that they used an object rather than a body part to do it.  This is outrageous.  

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    • Marie Yellow Boy

      I don’t what Arizona considers rape, since it differs state to state. I do know that Bennett and two others were charged with aggravated assault and kidnapping.

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    • driveswift

      Why is it that the GOP is all for the harshest penalties possible, except when it comes to them and their families? 

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      • justjoan

         Just like they are all for the draft (Romney/Vietnam) except when it comes to them and their families.

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  4. Second Amendment Democrat

    That his son was not labeled a sex offender is testimony to the abuses of power this GOP tool has performed. Any ‘normal’ kid, i.e. child of a non-politician, busted for this would be facing years in jail and registered for life.

    One more Arizona “lawmaker” without a clue. Or a brain. Birthers are the most ignorant of the group, unless like this idiot, are using the idea as a weapon against Obama. If he actually tries to pull this off, it WILL show him for the complete tady and fool that he obviously is, and I would not want to be a family member – never know what might happen in an open-carry state…

    But this is simply an extension of the GOP’s bully tactics. Republicans have ALWAYS been the bullies – think back to YOUR school years, those of you wo were abused. There were the working class bullies, who would beat you up if you let them – BUT IF YOU FOUGHT BACK, became your friend. Then there were the ‘privileged’ bullies, whose daddies had money and/or power. It didn’t matter what you did or said to them,, you could tell the teacher, principle or police, made no difference, they were already owned…

    The REASON they were bullies in the FIRST place is their parents, who gave them the sense of wealthy entitlement and “my-way-or-the-hiway” morality. That’s why Romney didn’t remember his “antics” as a spoiled youoth, he knew he was right for making that hippie conform. And now he wants to do it to EVERYBODY. With the cheating and lying of Ken Bennett, and jan Brewer to tell the black dude he has no business living in a white man’s world.

    Where the FUCK do they construct these robots? We dmn well better focus on shutting THAT factory down NOW, before the rest of the Nazis come goose-stepping out of your local Christian Fundie Armory – er, church…

    (This may sound disjointed – pay attention, it is ALL related very closely.)

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    • Passagrill13

      All the more reason to remove Arizona from the union, let them float free on their own and no aid to them and oh yeah severely restrict immigration from the new dictatorship of Arizona. And lets put up a fence to keep them there! Any bets as the when the native Americans will get their land back for free?

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  5. WYOCOWBOY

    I use to be a Child Protection Service (CPS) social worker for 7 years and saw this time and time again…if you have money you get away with abusing children.  It is REALLY SICK!  Sometimes the system does work BUT that is only with those that do NOT…I repeat DO NOT have money.  People talk about how the White House is broken, well our justice system is broken..kids are dying, kids are developing mental illness’s and abusing others because of no help available.  Most states in the USA (I am talking mostly southern states) are poor and don’t have services to be able to get these people help. 

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  6. Ladmobagparty

    Gee, facing the consequences of sexual abuse might have kept him from going on his Mormon mission… I guess Catholics aren’t the only church protecting…and fostering… pedophilia. What lesson do you think young Bennett learned from all this?

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  7. not saying

    I’m beginning to think the inbreeding in the Mormons is the cause for the psychopathic behavior of so many of them.

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  8. Badw0lf

    So….my loved one, went to court, got a hung jury on charges he DID NOT commit, because the DA in the case had some of our evidence tossed…and so, my loved one took a plea (again to something he didn’t do) out of fear of the next trial, losing all his evidence)
     He plead guilty and got 3 months for a crime he didn’t do…what’s worse he got 3 years probation, and 10 YEARS on the registry.And this little POS cur…gets 5 days!?! and I’m not seeing anything about probation or a registry.
     I am the one who usually speaks against those who say “I hope Bubba gets to him” but really he needs to know there are consequences. 

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  9. Rwsmom At Inrsol

    It’s a crying shame that we have over 750,000 sex offenders in this country, with well over 1/3 of them under the age of 21!  My son being one of them for having underage teenage sex, when he was 17!  These lawmakers that sit behind their desks making these laws should be accountable for their children’s actions just like any other American citizen!  STOP writing laws that are incarcerating our children, unless you are ready to deal with them on your own personal level!  I had to, so should you!

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  10. Hcjfctc

    That is severely messed up. AZ has some of the strictest sex offender laws in the country, but because this guy is the son of a politician, he gets off pretty much scott free? I know people who have simply chatted up undercover cops, thinking they were young girls, and they got prison time, but this guy physically and sexually abuses these boys and gets basically nothing? SO WRONG!!!!!

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  11. apothos

    I hope the parents go to federal on this and destroy his ‘mission’ hopes.  he needs to be held accountable and if his father is ‘holding’ up the proceedings he needs to be charged with contempt, or better yet aiding & abetting and loose his career as well.  Nothing excuses RAPE whether is was a body part, a broom, a flashlight, or whatever was used, it is STILL a RAPE VIOLATION, and should be treated as such, both the son & the camp counselor should be in jail for the rest of their lives, listed as sex offenders & the camp should be shut down, all money refunded to the parents of the all the kids, and the kids who were violated should also sue the camp out of existenace

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  12. Michael

    For everyone knocking Arizona and saying we should be thrown out of the Union… Remember, not all of Arizona is like this… We here in Tucson are normal… We are not the bigots that have taken over our state to the north.

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  13. Emma P.

    Bennet and Wheeler should be taken off the streets so they can’t hurt anyone else, and OMG, reproduce! But I’m really worried about the victims. What kind of psychological abuse did they suffer, given that only one came forward at first? Can they really heal? How many other “camps” are operating that allow this abuse, and get away with it because of cult behavior?

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  14. BillJ

    Send the son to prison and let him do his Mormon missionary work there.  The right wing is tough on crime until it is close to home. 

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  15. Tmoreno

    They can run but they cant hide from their actions…My heartfelt sympathies to those young victims who were victimized not only by two predators but again by the incompetent biased Arizona Judicial System….

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  16. stp479

    It’s interesting that many behind the push to control women, to strip them of their options even in the case of incest or rape, have a physical appearance of being the result of incest.  Slack-jawed mouth breathing flat earthing birthers, bibles strapped to their chests, they’re an Americanized version of Sharia law advocacy. AZ. has more than their quota too.

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