Corey Donahue found guilty of unlawful sexual contact in TV journalist "nut tap"

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Corey Donahue.
More than eight months ago, Occupy Denver protester (and former Westword cover subject) Corey Donahue called it a "bad nut-tap joke gone wrong." But this morning, during his trial for the misdemeanor charge of unlawful sexual contact, the events of October 15 grew more serious. After a day-long trial that tested the difference between a "nut tap," a "nut job" and a "nut cup," a jury found Donahue guilty of the charge, which could bring up to eighteen months in jail.

The sex offense also requires that Donahue, who is 29, register as a sex offender. Although Donahue was also charged with third-degree assault for the same incident, the jury rejected that charge.

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Kelsey Whipple
An officer asks Occupy Denver's kitchen volunteers to take down the group's new food tent on October 15.
The story began shortly after Occupy Denver did: During the second large police raid on Occupy Denver, CBS4 photojournalist Robert McClure entered the Thunderdome, the occupation's former anarchist kitchen, to shoot video footage of its new location in Civic Center Park. At that point in time, police officers had recently demanded the Thunderdome be removed. (Only the day before, the kitchen fell during Occupy Denver's first eviction, that time from Lincoln Park across the street.) It was McClure's first day covering the movement.

In footage shown during the trial, McClure can be seen approaching Thunderdome cook Justin "Crunchy" Gwin and asking about the developing situation. As Gwin explains, Donahue joins in, prompting McClure to ask that the two cooks take turns speaking because "this is television." Here, he turns the camera off.

The majority of yesterday's trial revolved around the different perceptions of what followed. According to McClure, who has worked for CBS4 for seventeen years, Donahue asked if he had other equipment, and when McClure said no, Donahue responded, "Fuck you" and grabbed McClure's genitals. McClure said the gesture was neither expected, prompted or wanted, and a few hours later, when the day's events had progressed, he notified a police officer of what had happened.

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Brandon Marshall
Police arrest Corey Donahue during Occupy Denver's first month.
According to both Donahue and Gwin, who testified on behalf of his fellow Thunderdome activist, Donahue's hand never made contact with McClure's body. Donahue's attorney, Travis Simpson, argued that Donahue would have had to reach around Gwin, who stood between the two men, in order to accomplish this. "Corey Donahue motions around a large man, laughs and walks away," Simpson maintained, referring to the difference between nouns applied in the case. "But he does not touch Mr. McClure. There was no contact."

During testimony, however, McClure maintained that Donahue reached for and grabbed his testicles without consent, and while he experienced no pain or pressure, the action was undesired, he said. "I described it to the police as a gentle cup," McClure told the court, continuing that he is 100 percent certain of the contact and has experienced nothing similar to it in nearly two decades on the job.

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Mccold
Mccold

 He was just practicing for a new job with TSA

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

How about a gentle cupping? Do mind the 'Taint.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

With tools like you in the electorate, who needs fascists?

guesto
guesto

What the hell kind of a name is Yossarian, anyway?

Sanders99
Sanders99

Constitutionally Protected has, in waaaay to many words here and above, bestowed the gleaming, polished, tin-plated-then-gold -painted Badge of Honor on Corey to which I referred to earlier. Congratulations Corey. You're going to be just fine. Now, instead of shaking hands, touch each other's genitals. That's the "outgoing" thing to do. I recommend hand sanitizer...

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

C.R.S. 18-3-401 Definitions *** (2) "Intimate parts" means the external genitalia or the perineum or the anus or the buttocks or the pubes or the breast of any person.  (4) "Sexual contact" means the knowing touching of the victim's intimate parts by the actor, or of the actor's intimate parts by the victim, or the knowing touching of the clothing covering the immediate area of the victim's or actor's intimate parts if that sexual contact is for the purposes of sexual arousal, gratification, or abuse.  18-3-404 Unlawful sexual contact (1) Any actor who knowingly subjects a victim to any sexual contact commits unlawful sexual contact if: (a) The actor knows that the victim does not consent; ***

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Better to use a 9-iron on his cajones. A least it won't be a "sexual offense".

Cheese_Steak
Cheese_Steak

"A felony is a Federal offense by definition" Not in this country.

Your name here
Your name here

 oh... I get it, because he was "protesting,  with occupy denver." he was free to do whatever he desired....  Neat.... Where can I join? This will be very handy as there are some people I wanna 'take care of'. I'll just invite them down to an occupy denver event, and because I am there, and so are they, I can do whatever I want to them... after all it is a protest... idiots

guest
guest

What?  That doesn't even make sense.  A felony is a Federal offense by definition so it couldn't be something that is limited to Boulder County. I'm so confused but, then again, the kinds of people who support Corey Donahue always confuse me.

Benjamin
Benjamin

When you think about it, Whenever you watch football,.. the quarterback is constantly "gently cupping" the center's balls

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