While the media has been busily raking Elizabeth Lauten over the coals for her critique of the Obama daughters’ fashion sense (the horror!), a former Democratic staff director for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee pleaded guilty to ” third-degree sexual abuse, two misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse and one count of misdemeanor threats.”
Apparently, Donny Ray Williams, charming as he is, wrangled a female colleage to his apartment by promising that he could introduce her to important Senate people, then spiked her drink with Ambien, waited until she was asleep and then raped her. And as if this wasn’t #WaronWomen, #RapeCulture-y enough for you, Donny felt he was so successul at assaulting his female colleagues, he tried it again.
Prosecutors say that on July 22, 2010, Williams invited a female congressional colleague to his Capitol Hill apartment and promised to introduce her to Senate employees. At the house, prosecutors said, Williams spiked a drink with Ambien. The woman, according to court documents, fell into a “deep sleep,” at which point Williams raped her.
A month later, prosecutors said, Williams invited another woman to his home and gave her alcoholic beverages. They said he had sexual contact with her when she was too intoxicated to give her consent.
All in all, the Democratic aide, who worked for such Congressional luminaries as Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), was indicted on 10 counts, but thanks to a plea deal with prosecutors, received only a suspended sentence, five years probation and a spot on the sex offender registry.
Fortunately for Donny, he didn’t write a private Facebook post about two teenaged girls making faces at each other, otherwise the media would have covered this with unbridled ferocity, digging up every last thing Donny’ed every written in his life, prying through his juvenile record and parking surveillance trucks outside his family’s home lest he decide that it was a safe place to retreat from the all-seeing eye of the national media. Strangely enough, Donny has also escaped sharp criticism from womens’ rights groups, for his actual rape, probably because they’re still busy shaming the dude with the pin-up aloha shirt.