Victim's Mom Fumes With Anger and Disbelief Updated: Thursday, 04 Mar 2010, 11:43 PM EST Published : Thursday, 04 Mar 2010, 11:43 PM EST myfoxdetroit.com staff He was convicted of rape by a jury of his peers. But instead of sending him to prison - like it says under state guidelines -- a Macomb County judge let him go home! How could this happen? That's what Fox 2's Brad Edwards wanted to know. http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/brads_edge/macomb-county-judge-lets-convicted-rapist-go-free ========================================== Jail guard gets one year for rape Published: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 By Gordon Wilczynski, Macomb Daily Staff Writer Leonard Olear, 29, a suspended Macomb County corrections officer, was sentenced to one year in the St. Clair County Jail and placed on three years probation for raping a woman in her home in Clinton Township on Jan. 11, 2009. The jail sentence was handed down on Wednesday by Macomb County Circuit Judge Peter B. Maceroni. The judge said he could have sentenced Olear to 21 months to 35 months in prison but decided to deviate on the lower sentence for several reasons. The judge said he received 31 letters of support from acquaintances and relatives of Olear. He said Olear is 29 years old with no prior criminal record and cooperated fully with Clinton Township police during the investigation. It also was pointed out that Olear received numerous awards as a guard at the Macomb County Jail. He said the conviction cost Olear his job and he now must register with the state as a sex offender. Olear remains free until Feb. 10 when Maceroni will decide whether he can remain free during an expected appeal. The victim, who is in her mid-20s, did not attend the sentencing. But Karen Phillips, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office Victim's Rights Division, read in a prepared statement from the victim that the rape changed her life. The woman, who was in law school, wrote that she was forced to drop out and that the trauma of the rape affected her job. more here http://www.macombdaily.com/articles/2010/01/20/news/doc4b572958e5ed1539274600.txt WTH!! Who cares if he's a "nice guy" or "won awards"???!!!! This judge needs to be locked up!!