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Posted: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 5:59 am, Thu May 31, 2012.

With the help of some enraged teenagers, a Lodi man was arrested for allegedly raping a juvenile in the bathroom of Kofu Park on Sunday evening.

Donald Mack Bush, 26, was arrested after he reportedly lured a 13-year-old girl into a bathroom at the park and had sex with her, police said. He was apprehended after skaters at the park witnessed the act, stood up to Bush and chased him to Lodi Memorial Hospital, said Officer Shad Canestrino.

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  • Kim Lee posted at 6:08 pm on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Shari wrote, "K Lee - This is 100% the pedophiles fault, but we also have to remember that was not his first time at the park. Maybe there are some other victims who have not come forward."

    You are absolutely right, Shari! I too suspect that there are more victims. This was just the only time he was caught.


     
  • Kim Lee posted at 6:06 pm on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Shari Olsen wrote, "This would tell me either the victim was drugged by the pedophile or someone is not being honest with the timeline."

    I suspect that the timeline is not accurate. These are just kids after all. And they were skating and riding bikes at the park, not watching their watch or really paying attention to time frame when this all happened. I think they’re just guessing on the timeline. Adrenaline was probably kicking in too. It sounds like it all happened pretty fast. I've read other articles, from other news sources, which gave added details that make sense. The most important thing is that this adult male will not be able to rape another child... thank God.

     
  • Shari Olsen posted at 5:52 pm on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    Shari Olsen Posts: 11

    Kevin,
    I agree there is more to the story. The time line in itself does not add up. They say the 13 year old got to the park at 6:00 pm .Then allegedly drinking and smoking marijuana, don't know how much time that would take, but let's just say 15 minutes on the conservative end. The skaters are saying they attack took place for 25 (to 30) minutes in the bathroom. The pedophile is arrested at the hospital at 6:30 pm. You still have the confrontation at the park, the chasing of the pedophile to Lodi Memorial, the calling of the Lodi Police, them being dispatched to the hospital and the arrest. You only have a ½ hour window from when she arrived at the park to the arrest at Lodi Memorial. This would tell me either the victim was drugged by the pedophile or someone is not being honest with the timeline.
    K Lee - This is 100% the pedophiles fault, but we also have to remember that was not his first time at the park. Maybe there are some other victims who have not come forward.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 5:44 pm on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Cary Stroade screamed, "BTW....DEFINE IGNORANCE REGARDING MY COMMENTS....YOU OBVIOULY HAVE BEEN IN ENOUGH DEBATES HERE AND YOU MAKE NO SENSE AND YOUR A VERY SAAAD PERSON!"

    Well, you've changed my mind. You are obviously brilliant as evidenced by your impressive post. You represent Linden/Stockton well.


     
  • Kim Lee posted at 5:34 pm on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Kevin: The exact details of the timeline may never be revealed to the public. I read that the girl came out of the bathroom crying in an earlier version of the article online. Here are a few more details from other news websites (Sacramento)...

    Detective Eric Bradley was speaking of the skate park kids that made sure the suspected rapist did not get away...

    “It was obviously a good thing,” said Detective Eric Bradley of the Lodi Police Department. “They did the right thing.”

    And here is one of the skate park kids comments on the incident...

    “We went there and told him, ‘You need to get out. The girl’s 13, and you’re 26,’” Burry said. “We saw them walk out and I said dude, that girl does not look over 15 tops.”

    And from Detective Hettie Schaeffer...

    "It's amazing that we have juveniles willing to step up and recognize when things are wrong," said Detective Hettie Schaeffer."

    So, it seems that some of the kids went to the bathroom yelling at the man in the stall while he had the 13 year old locked in the bathroom with him.

    I wonder if the suspect had a weapon of some kind. I would be very proud of my son if he were one of these kids that made sure the rapist did not get away. I would have been scared for his safety, but very proud that he stood up to such an evil criminal. If this is what these kids can to do as youngsters then I am sure that they will grow up to do even better as adult men.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 4:44 pm on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2083

    K Lee, where do you see the "girl came out crying? I can only base my opinion on what is in the article and my own attitudes. From the article, "Witnesses to the act realized the victim was underage when they recognized her as a fellow middle school student, he said.

    When it was finished, they confronted Bush and told him the girl was barely a teenager, Canestrino said. The crowd grew angrier and began chasing him down Ham Lane, police said."

    Note the "when it was finished". This is what is disturbing me. It makes it sound as if they WATCHED while the actions happened (why did they not know a rape was happening?). Again this is based on the only information I have witch is the article.

    Is this guy a rapist, yes. I hope he gets a cell mate with a little sister or young daughter. ALL the blame in on the adult who used the young girl. OUTSIDE of his actions I think there is more to this story than we have.

     
  • Cary Stroade posted at 4:43 pm on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    209 Posts: 10

    BTW....DEFINE IGNORANCE REGARDING MY COMMENTS....YOU OBVIOULY HAVE BEEN IN ENOUGH DEBATES HERE AND YOU MAKE NO SENSE AND YOUR A VERY SAAAD PERSON!

     
  • Cary Stroade posted at 4:42 pm on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    209 Posts: 10

    No one asked you Lee!

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 4:39 pm on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Cary Stroade screamed, "THESE TEENS ARE NO HEROS"

    Cary: Why are you so adamant that none of these kids showed a drop of courage?

    --Definition--
    Hero; one who shows great courage

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 4:23 pm on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Cary Stroade: Your comments are quite ignorant of rape and of a situation such as this one. I really don't think your comments even deserve a respectful response.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 4:22 pm on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Shari Olsen: You are obviously a very level headed intelligent woman. And you have compassion for this little girl that was raped. Such a horrible thing for this little one to deal with... so sad. She is in my prayers.

     
  • Cary Stroade posted at 4:18 pm on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    209 Posts: 10

    THE POOR GIRL IS A VICTIM YES....BUT THESE TEENS ARE NO HEROS

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 4:18 pm on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Kevin: There can be inaccuracies in details and timeline in this article (as we have seen in other articles). I know I am thankful that this man was caught. He could have very well left the park unnoticed that day and went on to drug and rape other children. His buddy is in hot water too. I'm sure glad that the skate park kids weren't too scared to step up and do something to catch this guy. We need to remember that the suspects were adult men. I know I would have been intimidated by someone I thought was a rapist. Those skate park kids have guts!

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 4:08 pm on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Again, there are more posts questioning the actions of everyone else except the rapist himself! Unbelievable! I'm sure the nitty gritty details of what went on in the bathroom stall have been shared with the police. I suspect that there are more details that we are not privy to at this time, for very obvious reasons. This is an investigation. And to fault the other children at the skate park for not stopping the rape in the park bathroom is just ignorant. None of us know the fine details of this matter, except that a 13 year old was raped and other teens went after the man they thought was the rapist. Obviously the police think he's the suspect too. Jesus... when the kids figured out what was going on (girl came out crying) they went after the rapist. Stop slamming everyone except the darn rapist.

     
  • Shari Olsen posted at 3:31 pm on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    Shari Olsen Posts: 11

    Cary & Kevin,
    There is actually many versions to the story. One is the one in the Lodi News, One is the kids were yelling at him in the bathroom, one is the kids did not know her age till she ran out of the bathroom, one is they saw a man follow a classmate into the park's restroom and tried to get in the stall, ect. It is hard to say the exact version of the story that is correct. You have 25 children who saw it from there point of view. I do have the same question as both of you.

     
  • Cary Stroade posted at 3:29 pm on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    209 Posts: 10

    The way I see it, these teens used this as AMO to get into a fight! WHY IN THE HECK would they be recognized when they didn't stop it when they recognized her.....or was it because they were too gettin high and drinking! LAME

     
  • Cary Stroade posted at 2:59 pm on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    209 Posts: 10

    YOU ARE JUST AS GUILTY IF YOU DON'T REPORT A CRIME IN PROGRESS AND ALL THESE BOYS DID WAS REPORT IT AFTER.....WHY DIDN'T THEY CALL POLICE IF THEY NEW IT WAS HAPPENING?

     
  • Cary Stroade posted at 2:54 pm on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    209 Posts: 10

    I AGREE WITH KEVIN! WTH DID THESE TEENS DO BUT WAIT TIL IT WAS DONE! THEY DID NOTHING TO STOP HIM!!!!!

     
  • Shari Olsen posted at 2:19 pm on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    Shari Olsen Posts: 11

    K Lee - Thank you for your kind words. It is so nice of you to take the time to post that to me. I do not need to confirm, nor deny that I am a rape survivor on any blog. It is so rude to even ask someone that on a blog or in person. In my eye's if you do that you lack class and showed your true colors. I will never apologize for anything I have said because if I said it, I meant it. I wanted to help them see that this 13-year old will ask herself over and over again, the what if's or if I only's. You can't lead a pig to mud I guess. Thank you again. You are very kind.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 12:36 pm on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2083

    I have an issue I have been debating on commenting here. But with the revelation that the teens would be recognized I think it is worth bringing up. According to the article the teens, upon seeing the rape happen, WAITED until it was over to do anything. My issue is WHY didn't they jump in right away when they first saw the rape happening?

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 12:20 pm on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Shari Olsen: Don't bother much with Jay Samone, as she makes most of these threads out to be more about her, and her personal sorted and felonious past, than the actual subject here. I see her as a very angry person with issues she may need to work out for herself.

    Anyway, enough about Jay.

    This 13 year old child was raped in the park and even if this child was running around naked in the park this adult male had no right to touch her in any way shape or form...let alone rape her. A lot of people like to blame the victim, even when the victim is only a child of 13.

    Psyche 101 tells us that some people, mostly women, will try to find blame in whatever the victim did that day before the rape. It makes them feel safer, as if the rape wouldn't happen to them, if they can say that they would never do such a thing so they won't be raped like the victim.

    The fact of the matter is that this could have happened to many a 13-year-old child that went to the park that day. That is a very scary thought that many will not even allow themselves to think about. It’s easier for them to blame the victim than to think this could actually happen to one of their loved ones (or themselves).

    It sickens me that there has been so much talk of blame here of the victim. Some people think this victim did something to bring this rape on herself (her personal responsibility?). It’s disturbing that people attack the victim rather than discussing the fact that a rapist was lurking in the park, waiting for a child to victimize, on a nice sunny Sunday in Lodi. Blame the rapist, not the victim/child.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 11:52 am on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Christine Burry wrote, "Tthe cheif of police has contacted the teens and the Mayor would like to recognise them for their envolvement."

    That is good news, Christine. What a great idea.


     
  • christine burry posted at 11:17 am on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

    christeenie Posts: 1

    The mob of teens lol of course they were a mob their from the skate track.......Just a little insight about the teens who called the LPD. Tthe cheif of police has contacted the teens and the Mayor would like to recognise them for their envolvement.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 2:26 pm on Wed, Oct 5, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Well, I guess Jay and Laura have decided not to address my queries.

     
  • Jay Samone posted at 7:51 pm on Tue, Oct 4, 2011.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    What? Oh see first I thought you said I was unkind, so now I'm a pig - oh - and I lack class - OH I get it - I should have read further.......YOU ASSUME I'M A MAN. Now I get it. Nice. Just because I don't agree with you doesn't mean you get to call me names. Who needs to grow up and get some class now?

    You will never get it lady. You clearly seem to think you know everything about what someone goes through when they have been raped. I'm sure everyone else on here who actually read your diatribe thought the exact same thing, but I guess you're just a know it all. So since you don't know the family - you haven't been raped - you're a psychologist? Just guessing because you sure seem to think you know exactly what this girl is going through.Well carry on then - keep living in your little world - I'm sure it gets pretty lonely there. I'm certainly not going to be the one to tell you otherwise.

    Whatever lady - I'm done with you.

     
  • Shari Olsen posted at 3:42 pm on Tue, Oct 4, 2011.

    Shari Olsen Posts: 11

    Jay,
    If I was talking about me, I would not be a rape victim. I would be a rape survivor. Get it right next time. “I'm very sorry you have endured so much pain in your life that you can't move past it.” Can’t move past it? You know nothing about me. You have no clue, what if anything I have moved past. You are a pig and trying to clearly act as if I am stuck in some part of life that was tragic, is clearly an underhanded jab. Grow up and get some class. I hope your friends and family are ashamed of you for your posts. I can only hope this 13-year old girl will become a survivor and not worry about men who really have nothing to say but to degrade women.

     
  • Mike Adams posted at 1:59 pm on Tue, Oct 4, 2011.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1500

    Anyone blaming the victim: Rape is a crime of violence, not sex. It's about control, not sexual satisfaction. For adults, it doesn't matter what the female may be wearing or if she is wearing anything at all. That doesn't give someone the right to physically attack her. Try this analogy: You have a wallet full of money. If someone knows this, does this then give him/her the right to take it from you? How would you react if a police officer or ADA said told you that if you didn't want your money stolen, you shouldn't have carried it around?

    Finally: In CA, a person 13 years old (and younger) cannot even legally consent to sex acts, male or female. I don't recall how far up the age goes, but 13 year olds can't say OK, I'll have sex with you. Any adult having sex with a 13 year old is in big trouble regardless of the situation, should law enforcement find out.

    (She would have to be emancipated by a superior court judge. I don't think this happens to 13 year old children very often)

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 12:57 pm on Tue, Oct 4, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Laura Rouzer wrote, "You seem to want to forget certain ones that are important to how the situation began. I am sorry to inform you but sometimes you have to look at the big picture."

    Laura Rouzer: The big picture is that rape is a crime, a vicious crime, no matter how the "situation" began.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 12:51 pm on Tue, Oct 4, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Mike Adams: Good post. I agree.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 12:43 pm on Tue, Oct 4, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    I have a question for those of you here that believe this rape victim has some "personal responsibility", and even an "exhorbitant [exorbitant] amount of personal responsibility" in this rape. Do you believe that a child (of any age) has some personal responsibility in the actions of all vicious crimes against her, or is it just rape? And why?

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 12:24 pm on Tue, Oct 4, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    A child of 13, or any age, is absolutely not responsible for the choices of a rapist.

     
  • Jay Samone posted at 9:30 am on Tue, Oct 4, 2011.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    Shari - I'm distorting nothing. You don't know anything about my posts, you don't know anything about me personally or professionally. I'm not putting her on trial and I certainly didn't blame her for those grown men's actions so stop putting words in my mouth and pay attention to what I've already written.

    Your prior posts gave me the impression that you know the family but after your recent lengthy rant, it is very clear that YOU are a rape victim yourself. Seems like you've inserted your own personal experience and assumed it's the same as this girl's. I'm very sorry you have endured so much pain in your life that you can't move past it.

    Yes - women are raped. We get raped every day - sometimes violently. Rape victims don't come forward for many reasons - so don't put that on me. And just because one person has a horrific experience and can't move forward in life, doesn't mean others have the same experience. And you know what - some of us actually LEARN from our own actions and CHOOSE to better ourselves and learn how to protect ourselves no matter what in order to prevent similar things from happening. This has never been about blaming the girl - but she is responsible for her own actions in this case. If it were my daughter - that man would never see the light of day before he got his day in court, but I would also make sure I understood what was going on in her head why she felt she needed to drink and smoke with grown men and get her some serious counseling.

     
  • Shari Olsen posted at 9:06 am on Tue, Oct 4, 2011.

    Shari Olsen Posts: 11

    Jay,
    Wow, you really love to distort the truth. You are the one with no clue. I do not know anyone involved in this story. You love to make that accusation on blogs. Please think of a something new. You old song and dance is getting old.

    I do not know this 13 year old child, but I do know a rape victim. I know that one in four women will be raped in their lifetime. I also know 42% of rape victims will not come forward. They will not come forward because they fear people like you people who will victimize them all over them again. People who need to lash out at the victim and point out what she did wrong and how if I they were the victim they could have prevented the rape. I also know this 13-year-OLD CHILD, not adult, will struggle with this for the rest of her life. It may not be images that float repeatedly in her head. It maybe a smell maybe aftershave or deodorant the attacker used, when she smells it she will vomit. She also went to the emergency room and had a rape kit used on her something no 13-year-old child should have to go through. She will also have to testify in his trial again this will be another thing she will have to struggle with and try to get through. Looking at the man who got her drunk and raped her. The comments you make will be repeated in open court and she will sit there asking herself why. I know for you being kind does not come easy, but instead of jumping on your soapbox take a step back. She will be punished for the rest of her for drinking and smoking pot. Is that really a punishment that a 13-year-old child deserves? The pedophile will not have to serve that much time. He will not have a life sentence like the 13 year old child. You are basically saying that is what she get's for hanging out with older men, drinking and smoking pot. I am so glad in your world the punishment fits the crime. In my world, it does not. I hope she will not be part of the 30% of rape survivors who contemplate suicide over the rape but I am sure she will be part of the 96% of rape survivors who say the rape permanently changed them. I also pray she will never read these blog and find out how cruel people and how people could careless about her feelings. Stand on your soapbox Jay and tell everyone how this could have been prevented if the 13-year old child had only followed your rules in life. If attacking the 13-year old child makes you feel good, then go for it.
    I also know this 13 year OLD CHILD not adult will struggle with this for the rest of her life. It may not be images that float over and over in her head. It may be a smell maybe after shave or deodartant the attacker used, when she smells it she will vomit. She also went to the emergency room and had a rape kit used on her something no 13 year old child should have to go through. She will also have to testify in his trail this again will be another thing she will have to stuggle with and try to get through. Looking at the man who got her drunk and raped her. The comments you make will be repeated in open court and she will sit there asking herself why. I know for you being kind does not come easy, but instead of jumping on your soap box take a step back. She will be punished over and over for drinking and smoking pot. Is that really a punishment that a 13 year old child deserves? You are basically saying that is what she get's for hanging out with older men and drinking. I am so glad in your world the punishment fits the crime. In my world it does not.

     
  • Laura Rouzer posted at 8:18 am on Tue, Oct 4, 2011.

    Laura Rouzer Posts: 57

    K Lee wrote: This 13-year-old’s “personal responsibility” is to clean her room and do her homework.

    Here let me add a little to that thought, AND STAY AWAY FROM DRUGS AND ALCOHOL.

    You say I don't understant the facts, eventhough I clearly addressed them. You seem to want to forget certain ones that are important to how the situation began. I am sorry to inform you but sometimes you have to look at the big picture.
    I know this will fall on deaf ear and will be torn apart again because that's your thing just wanted to attempt to enlighten you a bit.

     
  • Jay Samone posted at 8:11 am on Tue, Oct 4, 2011.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    What I find absolutely horrifying is these posters here who have determined that because of this girl's age, she is a "child". Ladies - do you know that this "child" can get birth control (and abortions) without having to ask her parent's permission? Do you realize this "child" has probably long passed puberty? Do you realize that this "child" should already know that smoking pot and drinking alcohol underrage can get her into a world of trouble? Do you realize this "child" can serve lengthy prison time?

    Ladies - there is an exhorbitant amount of personal responsibility here - both on the parents AND this girl. No one here is blaming this girl for the rape - IF that is actually what happened. WE don't know all the facts, WE weren't there and there will always be three sides to what actually happened - her story, his story and somewhere in the middle lies the truth.

    Laura - THANK YOU. I too hung out with some scary individuals and got into plenty of hairy situations, but you know what? I took care of myself - I knew what and whom to get involved with and I ALWAYS had a friend with me wherever I went just in case.

     
  • Jay Samone posted at 7:56 am on Tue, Oct 4, 2011.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    Shari Olsen: Before you get yourself in a bunch - you need to really read what I wrote. Lady - I work in LE and unless you've worked around inmates and wards, you have KNOW CLUE what you're talking about. You don't have a clue where I'm coming from on this and why on earth would you even assume I would share any personal information about being raped with people here on this blog? This isn't about me, this is about a girl who smoked weed and drank alcohol with two adult men. Clearly you know this family or you wouldn't be posting such "insider" info about the parents and the girl's intentions of "trying to fit in". Even if she were trying to fit in - who the heck was she trying to "fit in" with? ADULT MEN? Seriously. In no way am I taking the blame from those men. They should absolutely be punished to the fullest extent of the law, but this girl needs some serious counseling - which should have probably been done prior to the incident or she would have been alittle smarter - if in fact she was, as you say, "just trying to fit in".

    Go ahead and blast me all you want, you'll never change the way I think or what I know - all gazillions bits of information held in those two brain cells you seem to think I have left over.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 12:36 am on Tue, Oct 4, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Laura Rouzer wrote, "K Lee (because for some reason she or he doesn't understand you are supposed to use your full first and last name)"

    K Lee is my name, Laura.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 12:34 am on Tue, Oct 4, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Laura Rouzer wrote, "I am just simply pointing out what people like you want to ignore, which is personal responsibility."

    Laura Rouzer: We’re talking about a child!

    This 13-year-old’s “personal responsibility” is to clean her room and do her homework.

    And what "personal responsibility" do you think a child has when an adult male decides to lure, drug and rape her? This child was lured into the clutches of a sexual predator. Most 13-year-old children are not equipped to handle a situation like this one. This predator set his sights on a child and a child of 13 is not to blame for an adult male's choice to drug and rape her.

    I said earlier that you sound ignorant of the law because you insist on addressing where the girl was that day (it legally doesn’t matter) and who she was with that day (it legally doesn’t matter). None of this legally matters because it is rape when an adult man has sexual intercourse with a child, period. You don’t seem to understand that fact.

    You speak a lot of the victim and what she shouldn’t have been doing, even belittling her and questioning her character and intelligence, but you speak very little of the rapist and his “personal responsibility” as an adult male. You're blaming the victim for not knowing that evil was lurking in the park on a beautiful sunny day. You need to rethink your position on this issue. The victim is not to blame for any reason.

    Your kind of attitude is what makes rape so much worse on the victim. Many rape victims will not even come forward for fear they will be victimized again by people like you that think they should have done something different to make sure they weren’t raped, as if it were their fault. Rapists even use this on their victims in an attempt to get them to keep quiet… “No one will believe you as you were drinking and hanging out with us anyway… you asked for it”. Thank goodness that the kids at the skate park that day were not like you and actually stood up to this rapist to make sure he wouldn’t get away with his crimes.

     
  • Laura Rouzer posted at 10:44 pm on Mon, Oct 3, 2011.

    Laura Rouzer Posts: 57

    K Lee (because for some reason she or he doesn't understand you are supposed to use your full first and last name) said: "Laura: You sound ignorant of the law and insensitive to the rape of a child."

    K Lee: How does my statement in any way make me sound ignorant of the law? I can assure you I am in no way ignorant to the law. I completely understand that this man is guilty of lewd acts to a minor. I am just simply pointing out what people like you want to ignore, which is personal responsibility. Next time, take a second to fully read a post before you tear it apart.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 7:16 pm on Mon, Oct 3, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Children go to Lodi parks on beautiful sunny days and it looks like these men used that innocent past time to prey on a child. May they get exactly what they deserve.

     
  • Mike Adams posted at 6:56 pm on Mon, Oct 3, 2011.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1500

    This all seems cut and dried. He is 26 and she is 13. It doesn't matter what his motovation was. It doesn't matter that she may have been high or drunk. It doesn't matter that to him, she looked older (17 made me smile, she still would be a minor) He's an adult. She isn't. He engaged in at least some sexual activity (in case he may later change his mind and say intercourse didn't occur). If she had confided to a mandated reporter (teacher, clergy, etc.) what happened, even if it didn't involve intercourse, they would be compelled to report it, because she's a minor and he isn't. Even if a mandated reporter, got the story wrong, they still have to report and let law enforcement figure out the rest. He has absolutely no defense to mount. He's going to jail, probably prison. His picture will always be on pedophile website. For the rest of his life.

    From recent history, going into a restroom in a park should be a last resort. Seems a lot of creepy people treat these places as magnets for opportunity. Don't send your kid there alone. Better yet, don't send him/her there at all. Go home.

     
  • Shari Olsen posted at 6:15 pm on Mon, Oct 3, 2011.

    Shari Olsen Posts: 11

    Just another FYI some were saying she was out late. The phedophile was chased in the hospital at 6:30 PM. It was not even dark.

    You may also want to know another fact this 26 year old has hung out there before. You wonder how many victims never came forward because they were to scared of what their parents may say about them drinking or smoking. It is because of careless comments like these that people who have been raped hide in darkness.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 5:51 pm on Mon, Oct 3, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Laura Rouzer wrote, "...she should have had the intelligence to say no and walk away."

    Laura: You sound ignorant of the law and insensitive to the rape of a child. You do not know that this child did not try to say no to the two adult men and walk away. Even if she did not say no and try to walk away it is still a crime (legally and morally) to have sexual intercourse with a child. It is still rape.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 5:39 pm on Mon, Oct 3, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Sheri Olsen wrote, "We live in a America and I want to be 100 % sure I understand. The punishment for drinking and smoking at the age of 13 should be to be raped. What if she was 11 and he was 23? or 10 and a 22 year old? When does this become a crime in your sick little minds."

    Sheri: I'd like Jay, Erika and Laura to answer this question. It's so hard to believe that some people actually think this way today, isn't it? It's just appalling.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 5:35 pm on Mon, Oct 3, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Laura Rouzer wrote, "It is a sick thing that happened to this girl but you guys are making her out to be an angel. She is plenty old enough to know what alcohol and marijuana are and what effects they have on a person."

    Laura: It doesn't matter one bit if this girl was an angel or not. She is a child. A man had sexual intercourse with her. It is rape. And you have no idea what this girl knows or if she was able to walk away before the rape or not. She was drugged. Stop making excuses for the rapist.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 5:23 pm on Mon, Oct 3, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Jay Samone wrote, "...we don't know if she was truly victimized or if she was a willing participant."

    Jay Samone: I know you like to make generalities and sweeping statements about certain groups of people, but try to focus on this child and this case.

    #1. A child cannot give consent.

    A child cannot be a “willing participant” in her rape, as you have stated. That’s just ludicrous. The victim here is a child. She cannot give consent to be raped. It is rape when a 26-year-old man has sexual intercourse with a child. Even if she was dancing naked in the street it is not okay for this 26-year-old adult man to rape her. You and Erika Cuevas seem to be more interested in attacking this victim, a child, than going after the adult male that raped her. Does the rapist get a free pass to rape if the child was wearing a short skirt or if the child was easily lured into the man’s clutches? Whose fault is this, Jay? Shouldn’t we lay blame where it belongs… with the criminal/rapist?

    At 16 years old you had a sorted, wild and felonious past, but that doesn’t mean that you deserved to be raped by those 20-year-olds you hung around with as a teenager. You seem to have decided that this child asked to be raped because she was maybe fast, willing, or looking for attention at 13 years old. Well, Jay, that is indeed blaming the victim. Your thinking is not only flawed it’s quite disturbing. Also, your thinking is legally incorrect as well.

    It is sickening that some here are blasting this child for being at a nice park on a beautiful sunny day, but have not shown outrage, or even concern, that two adult men were lurking about, doing drugs and drinking alcohol, in and around a park full of children. Obviously they were waiting for their prey.

    Again, let’s put the blame for crime where it belongs… on the criminals. Stop making excuses for them.

     
  • Laura Rouzer posted at 4:43 pm on Mon, Oct 3, 2011.

    Laura Rouzer Posts: 57

    It is a sick thing that happened to this girl but you guys are making her out to be an angel. She is plenty old enough to know what alcohol and marijuana are and what effects they have on a person. When I was younger I was in a lot of tough situations but I knew right from wrong and got myself out. There is no intelligent reason she should have been hanging out with those guys. It is horrible that these guys went after her, but she should have had the intelligence to say no and walk away.

     
  • Shari Olsen posted at 4:19 pm on Mon, Oct 3, 2011.

    Shari Olsen Posts: 11

    Erika Cuevas - Wow assuming alot aren't you. How do you know this child's parents were not involved? Maybe this child is a CHILD who is being bullied and really just wanted to fit in. She would not have been drinking if someone of age was not buying it for her. Oh wait maybe it was what she was wearing skirt to high or top to low? You are sick for blaming a victim. You should seek proffessional help ASAP.

    Jay Samone - A huge difference between 16 and 13 years old. I am proud that you partied with the best of them. How many times were you raped by a 26 year old? I missed that in your comments. She is a 13 year old child she went into the bathroom to have sex? Really? If she was so willing why did other children chase this man down? Do you think they sensed something was not right or maybe she left the bathroom in tears. How can a 13 year old child get away from a 26 year old adult. I think all your drinking at 16 killed your brain cells.

    We live in a America and I want to be 100 % sure I understand. The punishment for drinking and smoking at the age of 13 should be to be raped. What if she was 11 and he was 23? or 10 and a 22 year old? When does this become a crime in your sick little minds.

     
  • Jay Samone posted at 8:09 am on Mon, Oct 3, 2011.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    Let me add to my last comment that we don't know the girl so we don't know if she was truly victimized or if she was a willing participant.

     
  • Jay Samone posted at 8:09 am on Mon, Oct 3, 2011.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    K Lee - how old are you seriously? Do you really think that this girl didn't know what she was doing? I can tell you when I was 16 I partied with the best of them and they were all in their mid 20s. I hung out with them willingly and knowingly. Yes - this girl was victimized because of her age, but who's to say she didn't go into that bathroom willingly - with or without the weed and alcohol? There are plenty of girls out there looking for love and attention and the only way they know how to get it is to sleep around. Girls these days are "fast" and kids are having sex by the age of 10. Erika is absolutely correct in her assessment. Maybe you should look into what she's saying instead of assuming she's blaming the child.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 10:12 pm on Sun, Oct 2, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Erika Cuevas wrote, "...the girl knew she shouldn't have been at the park that late with older men. It's a no-brainer."

    Erika: That doesn't matter. This child was the victim of a suspected pedophile. Let's see... a kid... in a park... on a sunny Sunday evening. That doesn't sound wrong to me at all. That's what kids should be doing on a nice sunny day. And good thing there were so many other kids at the park that day, as they were the ones that caught the scum. The suspected rapist should indeed be arrested for drugging and raping a child. It's hard to believe that people like you, that think it's a child's fault for being drugged and raped, still exist in the world today. You probably think that it's the fault of the child when they get kidnapped too. Such backward thinking is disturbing and pathetic. I suggest that you educate yourself on this topic, Erika. Maybe you teach your sons that any child at a park is free game. You're sick.

     
  • Erika Cuevas posted at 6:38 pm on Sun, Oct 2, 2011.

    Erika Cuevas Posts: 2

    @ K Lee: You're kind of the ignorant one. Sociology and child development supports that 80% of an individuals morals and values are formed by age 10. She knew the difference between right and wrong. She shouldn't have been meeting with older men. No one forced her to consume alcohol and use marijuana, she did it voluntarily. I do think that it is appropriate that these men were arrested, but the girl knew she shouldn't have been at the park that late with older men. It's a no-brainer.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 10:42 am on Sat, Oct 1, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Cassie wrote, "Bless your parents for teaching you to do the right thing.... Bless you for knowing what the rigt thing was and having the courage to do it!"

    You said it, Cassie! I agree!

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 10:41 am on Sat, Oct 1, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Mariachi Tesoro: The article states, "All three allegedly began to drink and smoke marijuana at the park before the incident [rape]."

    Tesoro: Wake up! This 13 year old child was allegedly given marijuana and alcohol by two adult men, ages 26 and 23, at the park and then raped by the 26 year old, Donald Mack Bush, in the park bathroom. Donald Mack Bush was arrested for lewd acts on a child and raping a drugged victim. And you ask, "Where did she learn all this?" It looks like she probably learned "this" from two nasty men (criminals/pedophiles) that preyed on a little girl as she walked home from school. Now, I suggest you rethink your ignorant question and your accusatory attitude.

     
  • Mariachi Tesoro posted at 4:07 pm on Fri, Sep 30, 2011.

    PithyOpiner Posts: 43

    Holy Toledo! 13 years old and drinking and smoking marijuana. Where did she learn all this? At home or from other kids at school?

     
  • Cassie Sloan Gaytan posted at 12:50 pm on Thu, Sep 29, 2011.

    CGaytan82 Posts: 5

    Seriously, those kids that were present at Kofu that night are heroes. To be her fellow middle school student and have the guts to make sure this pedophile didn't get away is amazing!!! I wish there were kids like that around when I was growing up!

    HERE'S A BIG PAT ON THE BACK TO THOSE BOYS WHO CARED THAT NIGHT!!
    Bless your parents for teaching you to do the right thing.... Bless you for knowing what the rigt thing was and having the courage to do it!

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 1:16 pm on Wed, Sep 28, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Where are all the kudos for these kids? If the story were about these teens scribbling graffiti somewhere there would already be 100 comments here calling for their beheading. These kids did a bold and brave thing in making sure this disgusting criminal, that preyed on a little girl, did not get away! Where are all the atta-boys that they deserve? Get with it Lodi and give these youngsters their cheers! These kids may just have saved your daughter, sister, cousin, neighbor or friend from being raped by the same creep. Think about it!

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 12:39 am on Wed, Sep 28, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Bravo to all you skate park teens/kids that stood up to this creep. Way to go! You are heroes! Your parents should be so proud of you! Glad they got the scum. I hope the young girl will be okay. She is in our prayers.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 12:36 am on Wed, Sep 28, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    This is so disturbing that it makes me physically sick to my stomach.

     
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