When Is Sex Not Sexual?

He was a general manager of a hockey team in Canada who had been hired to clean up the team’s image which had been damaged by players who were charged with sexual misconduct. One day in August, 2008, GM Eric Tillman of the Saskatchewan Roughriders was at a team meeting when several people informed him that his behavior was somewhat bizarre. He admitted to having taken a double does of sleeping pills and was then sent home to sleep it off. As he entered the house, Eric noticed the babysitter leaning over to feed one of his children. According to the police report, “the accused put his hands on her hips with his fingers in her belt loops and he pulled the rear end of the complainant into himself, while in that position, there was physical contact of a sexual nature.” OK, but was there sex? Ah, that was the question for six months during which time, Mr. Tillman denied doing anything wrong.

The story has somewhat of a happy ending. The girl did not wish to press charges, and Eric finally agreed to plead guilty with the understanding no record of this crime would be on his record. So, what is the moral of this tale? First, the police spent six months “investigating” the alleged crime. Second, imagine if Mr. Tillman was a boy living in the slums, would six months have been spent “investigating” an open and shut case? Third, imagine if you were that poor boy, could you have entered a “guilty plea” in which there would be no record of any crime? Such is life in capitalist society, the rich and powerful have no criminal records. I wonder why?