A serial creep pleads guilty, but skates on jail time
Last Friday, victims of Carl Wolfe finally received a semblance of justice. Sort of.
Two years ago, Wolfe, then a freshman at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, was accused of sexually assaulting at least five female students on campus
. One claimed that the basketball player had kept her in her room overnight, forcing her to hook up. The next week, a note arrived in her dorm room, warning her not to tell anyone about the incident. “You know you wanted it,” the letter said….
At least four other girls claimed that Wolfe had made unwanted sexual advantages on them as well. In one instance, he invoked God as a source of persuasion. “The Bible doesn’t say anything about oral sex,” he told her.
Wolfe was booted from school and charged with 19 felony counts. Last August, his case went to trial. His lawyers claimed that Wolfe was merely a victim of his own sexuality, and that the women only cried foul after being forced to do so by peer pressure.
The jury believed him, clearing Wolfe
of seven felony counts including, burglary, gross sexual imposition and burglary. It deadlocked on seven others.
Prosecutors vowed to keep fighting, but victims were understandably frustrated. He’d gotten off before. What would be different the next time around?
Then, in January, they received some surprising news. Rather than face another jury, Wolfe pleaded guilty to charges of attempted abduction and attempted felonious assault.
On Friday, he was sentenced to four months of house arrest and three years of probation. He was also forced to pay a $2,000 fine to the Rape Crisis Center, and he’s forbidden from working with anyone under age 18.
As he sat with his head hung low, Judge Hollie Gallagher railed at Wolfe for his actions. "Sir, you need to grow up," she lectured. “Whatever behavior you exhibited toward these women was criminal and creepy, to say the least. You need to understand that your behavior crossed the line."
Investigators were unhappy about Wolfe skating from jail time. But they were relieved to finally see him held accountable.
“I am humbled by the courage displayed by the young women who were victimized by Wolfe, ” says Lieutenant Todd Mitchell. “Although nothing can undo the damage he has done. I hope his guilty plea can bring them some closure.” – Rebecca Meiser