A 37-year-old man convicted for child rape told the court that he was a “feminist and pacifist” who taught the victim “about gender equality and how she should be able to expect the same respect as any man.”
This is what a feminist looks like.
Shawn Thomas Weixelman of Fairbanks, Alaska was charged in July 2016 with 11 felonies for first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of second-degree abuse of a minor after investigators found that he sexually abused the girl for six years, since she was eight-years-old.
The girl’s mother told the court during sentencing that she sent her daughter to live under his care when she fell ill. Upon her recovery, she left the girl with the Weixelman because he “seemed to be doing well,” but became concerned when her daughter told her she was “hearing voices” and suffered from “intrusive thoughts of hurting herself.” She was put on medication and returned to live with her mother.
In May 2016, she confided with her mother that Weixelman had been sexually abusing her. The girl’s mother told the court that he had a history of “relentless emotional manipulation and gaslighting,” but didn’t believe he would do it to a child.
“He does not deserve a second chance. Her suffering has been, and will continue to be, life-altering,” the girl’s mother said, according to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
The girl told the court that Weixelman “knew what he did was wrong,” and that he agreed to stop—but still repeated his abuse.
“Even after I told him I wanted it to stop and he agreed, he still did it,” she said. “Even after he found how much he ruined me and broke my mind, he still kept doing it for his selfish reason. He did not care what happened to me, he cared about his own pleasure,” adding that she suffers PTSD from Weixelman’s abuse.
“I will have to carry the weight of what he did for the rest of my life. And I will have to deal with it,” she said.
Defending Weixelman in court, attorney Robert Downes presented character witnesses. His father praised his son as a storyteller, screenwriter, and movie maker, adding that jail was “traumatic experience” for his son.
The convicted pedophile told the court that he didn’t realize his actions were wrong until he and the girl talked about how “she expressed regret that we had done those things,” and “it really just kind of shattered my perception about the way that I had manifested my love.”
Weixelman said he worried about how the girl would trust other people, especially men, making note of how he knew it was “incredibly difficult for her.”
“It’s hard for me, because, of course, I’m kind of in a terrible situation,” Weixelman said, adding that he wanted to serve his time in a Kenai prison and return to produce concept art professionally. He published his Star Trek-themed work on DeviantArt under the name “fuzzymodem.”
The convicted pedophile, who also held an account on SomethingAwful by the same nickname (as reported on the SomethingSensitive forums), considers himself an ardent feminist. He told the court that he believed he could help prisoners learn to treat women with more respect, and lectured the court on problematic content in sci-fi.
“Far too often, both science fiction and fantasy objectify women,” the male feminist said. “It’s something, actually, that nerds and prison inmates have in common. I feel like I have a unique ability to bring the concept of gender equality into the way they think about the future.”
Assistant District Attorney David Buettner called Weixelman’s acts an “abuse of power,” and stated that there was nothing honest about the male feminist.
“His remorse is not genuine, it’s regret that his dark deeds have been brought to light,” Buettner said before asking the court to give Weixelman 60 years for his crimes. Weixelman’s attorney asked for the sentence to be reduced to 30.
He was given 45 years.
Source: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.