A Wisconsin judge on Monday sentenced a 71-year-old former bus driver to seven years in prison on charges of sexually assaulting boys, telling him, “I think you were born gayer than a sweet-smelling jock strap.”
Delton D. Gorges, a school bus driver for 33 years, was sentenced on counts of sexual assault of a child, repeated sexual assault of a child and two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree sexual assault.
“I think that if anyone believes that in the last 10 years or 15 years all of a sudden you developed an interest in homosexuality and young boys, then I must have looked ravishing in my prom dress this year,” said Judge Philip Kirk, dismissing Gorges’ claim that he is heterosexual.
Critics said they were concerned about the judge’s comments linking homosexuality with pedophilia.
“Sometimes people don’t say the right thing, but they potentially mean well, “said Andrew DeBaker, co-chair of the gay advocacy group New Pride. “The thing that concerns me is the linking homosexuality, linking being gay with, in this case, child molestation.”