Judge Goes Easy on CHP Pervert

[Moxley Confidential] After trying to screw a minor, Lieutentent Stephen Deck predicted he'd walk. He was very nearly right

One Orange County judge signals his philosophy to jurors by hanging a poster of a shoot-first-ask-questions-later Clint Eastwood character in his courtroom. Judge M. Marc Kelly is more subtle. The wall to Kelly’s left—the one that faces jurors who sit in his 10th-floor courtroom—is loaded with Notre Dame paraphernalia, including a headshot of the university’s loudmouth former football coach, Lou Holtz. It’s odd artwork in a criminal-justice setting for several reasons, including that Holtz famously uttered about a player, “He had shoulder surgery on his elbow.”

In the Orange County district attorney’s office, many believe Kelly recently made his own gaffe. He ignored prosecution and probation department requests of stern punishment for a condom-carrying, 51-year-old police officer who attempted to have sex with a 13-year-old Laguna Beach girl after she revealed her parents had left home for the evening. Prosecutor Robert Mestman wanted Stephen Robert Deck sent to prison because Deck had loudly proclaimed his innocence, lost a lewd-conduct jury trial in 2009, isn’t remorseful and “continues to be a danger to society.”

During the March 19 sentencing, a weepy, trembling Deck—who was a California Highway Patrol (CHP) lieutenant in OC when he was arrested in February 2006—pleaded for mercy. Reading from a handwritten note, he told Kelly that he had “no excuses,” he wasn’t a pedophile, and he’s “tackled the issues.”

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“I’m asking for the opportunity to be on probation,” said Deck, who was handcuffed to his chair and wearing an orange OC Jail jump suit. “I will do well. I’m truly sorry for my actions.”

Deck’s acts were despicable. He used the Internet to search for underage sex partners in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades—or younger. For example, according to law-enforcement records, the CHP officer told Kristin, his 13-year-old Costa Mesa online-chatting partner, to turn off the Yahoo Messenger archiving feature on her computer so her mother couldn’t discover their relationship. Then he tried to lure the girl to a hotel room near South Coast Plaza. He hoped to get her pregnant there, according to a later-recovered chat log.

Court records show Deck also solicited Allison, a 13-year-old girl living in the Pacific Northwest. During an online chat, he sought sex with her and her 10-year-old sister. The veteran cop suggested that after they met, the trio’s foreplay should begin in the kitchen, where they’d eat food off one another’s naked bodies.

In chats with Jennifer, another underage girl living in an unknown location, the unmarried, 5-foot-8-inch, 170-pound Deck repeatedly sought a rendezvous. He told the minor he wanted “to eat her beautiful, young cunt” and stuff “daddy’s cock in my lil [sic] gurls [sic] pussy.” It’s unclear if he ever met this teen. What is certain, however, is that Deck belonged to an online incest-themed club called “Daddies & Daughters.”

The worst-known case involved Amy, the 13-year-old in Laguna Beach. While chatting online, he told the seventh-grader she was “hot” and “sexy.” He said he wished “people didn’t make such a big deal about older/younger.” He expressed concern to Amy that she might tell her mother. When at ease, he asked the girl if she “liked sucking cock.”

During a Feb. 18, 2006, chat, Amy told Deck that her parents had left for the evening. It was the opportunity he craved. The off-duty cop drove 45 minutes from his San Diego County home. In anticipation of what he’d called “that daughter/daddy thing,” he carried condoms.

In case it was a trap, he also carried pie as a cheap prop to help explain why he’d emphatically told the girl he wanted to eat her . . . pie. It turned out that the girl was actually a decoy working in conjunction with Laguna Beach police and Perverted Justice, the citizen group featured on Dateline NBC’s “To Catch a Predator” series. Besides Deck, the sting nabbed 12 other men.

Kelly—a former prosecutor—knew Deck’s “voracious sexual addiction” problems well: He presided over the trial. “There is no doubt in my mind that you would have gone through with sexual acts with a minor if [the Laguna Beach girl] hadn’t been a decoy,” the judge said. “That scares me.”

According to guidelines, Kelly could have sentenced Deck to anywhere from zero to four years in state prison. Mestman wanted the maximum; Deck didn’t want to spend a minute in prison. While the majority of the men nabbed in the sting quickly professed guilt and received probation plus 365 days in the local jail, two unemployed men—one Vietnamese-American, the other Mexican-American—each got 18 months in the state penitentiary.

Before making his announcement, Kelly noted that Deck, who is white, had been a cop during the commission of his crime. “That ought to count for something,” said the judge. To Mestman, it meant that Deck’s fall from grace was worse; after all, the CHP officer had held a high position of public trust. TheOrange County Register had quoted Deck on crime-prevention matters.

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JusticeForTheInnocen
JusticeForTheInnocen

Disgusting words and thoughts to have of a child!! This CHP officer needs to be off the streets and AWAY from ALL CHILDREN!! You definitely can't trust him with ur kids or anyone's kids..lock him up so he'll never see another kid in his life! Harsh?? NO WAY! HES A PATHETIC PERVERT!!

And for this looser ass judge he needs to be OFF THE STAND!! he sounds twisted with NO CARE!! He sounds crooked!! he should have his phones and computers checked too he might just have a thing for kids as well!!

baruch7
baruch7

The judge is probably a pedophile himself. He should be investigated.

dwveale
dwveale

While the Judge is corrupt and needs to be recalled.. the writer seems to need to express his opinions on Lou Holtz and Norte Dame.. must be a USC grad..


This judge needs to be removed from office ASAP

NGCoot
NGCoot

The judge is corrupt and needs to be recalled. However, the the judicial system is corrupt as well. NO ONE – not even this POS judge – would give this guy such a lenient sentence without some reason, some incentive.


I say, look at who the defense attorney is in this case. Is the judge attempting to bolster this person’s career as a defense attorney? I don’t know who the attorney is or if this is even true. I am just saying .. there HAS to be something in it for the judge to have let this guy off so easily.

monya7
monya7

Unbelievable. We need to list all the stupid props a 1st Degree pedophile should bring with him: a kitten, a donkey, a rooster... An amazing self-defense. Judge Kelly needs to go.

kym_possable67
kym_possable67

this judge kelly need's to get kicked off the bench  it sound like he to lenient on child molesters first the 20-year-old who sodomizes 3-year-old little girl,now a high way patrol officer raps a 13-year-old and gets away with it we meed to get kelly off the bench 

 
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