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  1. davestate
    SEATTLE -- A school bus driver who was convicted of assault for groping teens and women claims an excessive intake of caffeine drove him to the acts.

    Kenneth Sands, 51, tried to explain himself at his sentencing on Tuesday.

    Sands, a driver for the Rainier School District, has been convicted of molesting three high school volleyball players and two women during a volleyball game in Onalaska on Oct. 18.

    According to the Lewis County sheriff's office, Sands was at the game as a spectator and was not the bus driver. During the game, he allegedly touched a 46-year-old woman's breasts three different times and later grabbed her butt as she was trying to get away from him.

    After the game, he grabbed a 15-year-old girl's butt outside of the bus and slapped a 16-year-old girl's butt as she was getting onto the bus, according to the sheriff's office.

    Once on the bus, Sands allegedly touched another player in an inappropriate manner before the bus driver kicked him out, according to the sheriff's office.

    Sands said it was caffeine that had driven him to act out of character.

    "That caused a psychotic episode," he told the court. "My son-in-law and daughter had never seen that kind of behavior from myself."

    Sands' words did little to calm the angry mother of one of his victims. In court, the woman read a letter her daughter had written.

    "Ken left me with nightmares that would leave me sleepless for nights, afraid to fall asleep. I've had dreams of him hurting me and my family in violent ways over and over again," the letter said.

    Sands was sentenced to 30 days for each of the five counts of fourth-degree assault.

    http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Convicted-groper--161300705.html
    By Jamie Lynn Published: Jul 3, 2012 at 7:13 PM PDT

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    ANOTHER X made me do Y story, don't people ever take personal responsibility anymore?

Comments

  1. mickey_bee
    Should have blamed it on the bath salts.......
  2. Routemaster Flash
    If places start banning tea and coffee because of this cunt, I'm gonna take out a contract on his sorry ass.
  3. Smeg
    My own opinion regarding Mr Sands' conduct was initially that he was clutching at straws in order to excuse his disgraceful behaviour. I had a little root around and found this:


    Caffeine, mental health, and psychiatric disorders.


    It is mentioned in the abstract of this article that "in rare cases high doses of caffeine can induce psychotic and manic symptoms"

    There was, however, no mention of sexual disinhibition/assault, but "psychotic and manic symptoms" may well include disinhibited behaviours in individuals.

    The original news article says that he assaulted five seperate individuals in what must have been a very public area. One would have thought that somebody who was prone (in sobriety/sanity) to committing such acts would have chosen a much less conspicuous place to offend, for fear of being caught.

    My jury is still very much out on this bloke's behaviour, although neither am I excusing it, and the impact it had on his victims.

    Source:
    Caffeine, mental health, and psychiatric disorders.
    Lara DR.
    J Alzheimers Dis. 2010;20 Suppl 1:S239-48. Review.

    PMID:20164571[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE
  4. Aminatrix
    Blame sexual assault on caffeine: bad man, you go to jail!

    Blame assault on a drug instead of yourself: all the other drug users go to jail!
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