Former Kentucky Gov. Bevin pardoned a child rapist. One of his reasons: The 9-year-old victim's hymen was intact

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He made his claim despite expert studies showing most child victims do not show evidence of physical damage and that examination of the tissue is not a reliable test of sexual activity

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The pardons largely drew shock and outrage not only because of the sheer number or apparent political motivations, but also because some involved violent criminals, including convicted murderers and rapists.

"Both their hymens were intact," Bevin said."This is perhaps more specific than people would want, but trust me, if you had been repeatedly sexually violated as a small child by an adult, there are going to be repercussions of that physically and medically." "Micah Schoettle was tried and convicted of a heinous crime based only on testimony that was not supported by any physical evidence," Bevin wrote in his executive order signed December 9."In fact, any and all evidence that is available, refutes the allegations that were made."Schoettle's trial had included testimony from the victim, according to CNN affiliate WCPO. Schoettle had served fewer than 18 months.

Prosecutor Rob Sanders of Kenton County told CNN that Schoettle was not in custody long enough to start sex offender treatment and argued his release puts other children at risk. "Not one person receiving a pardon would I not welcome as a co-worker, neighbor, or to sit beside me or any member of my family in a church pew or at a public event," he tweeted. Bevin added,"No community is either more or less safe now, than it was before the pardons and commutations given over the past four years.

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