Monday, May 25, 2020

Swim Coach Indictment Withdrawn

District Attorney plans to seek new indictment.

Rankin-Madison County District Attorney John Bramlett withdrew the indictment against Savannah Reis. A Rankin County grand jury indicted her for two counts of sexual battery with a minor on September 18 while she was a swim coach at Performance Elite Aquatics.  She is an elementary school teacher in Madison County but is currently on administrative leave.  The indictment states:

  SAVANNAH V. REIS, on about or between May 2018 through and until August 2018, in the county aforesaid and within the jurisdiction of this Court, the said Defendan,t being a female human being above the age of eighteen (18) years, whose date of birth is January 2, 1985, did willfully, unlawfully, and intentionally engage in sexual penetration as defined by Miss. Code Ann.§97-3-97 with M.D.M.,by sexual intercourse with of M.D.M., a male child under the age of eighteen (18) years of age, whose date of birth is March 25, 2001, at a time when SAVANNAH V. REIS was in a position of trust or authority over M.D.M., to wit: coach, all within the jurisdiction of this Court and in violation of Miss. Code Ann.§ 97-3-95(2), (1972, as amended);

Reis argued the indictment should be dismissed  because it gave a range of dates for when the allegations took place instead of specific dates.  She claims she is unable to present a defense or alibi if she does not have the dates in question.  The prosecution said the Supreme Court ruled that a "specific date in a child sex abuse case is not required" as long as the defendant is fully informed of the charges against him.

The D.A. submitted a motion to withdraw the indictment on March 18.  The motion states the prosecution intends to "reindict this case with a more specific time frame."  The grand jury has not yet met due to the pandemic.



24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Shes too attractive to prosecute anyway. If they put me on the grand jury I would only vote to acquit.

Anonymous said...

These type laws should only be used to prosecute male creeps who groom and rape young girls (or boys) and should be used on pretty young women. Especially since it is common knowledge that women can barely contain their emotions on a good day

Anonymous said...

Was the young man psychologically damaged as in Boo Hoo or as in yeesssss?

Anonymous said...

t0 9:02...............to the lawyer wannabe: grand juries dont vote to aquit or to convict . they vote only to find whether or not probable cause exits. dont quit your day job...........assuming you have one.

Anonymous said...

9:02, To add some information to the mostly-snark at 10:49, as I understand the process, a grand jury votes "true bill" or "no bill." A true bill "returns" an indictment for prosecution of the case.

Anonymous said...

12:04, you beat me to it. Probable Cause is why you go to a Grand Jury. Jury trial in Circus Court is for acquittal or conviction.

Anonymous said...

She should have known that a 17 year old boy is going to brag about the matter in any event i doubt he was mentally damaged.

Anonymous said...

Securing an indictment is relatively easy. The old saying, “a prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich.” When a GJ “no bills” it is usually because the prosecutor didn’t really want an indictment anyway. For example, controversial cases where the prosecutor is just trying to appease someone by basically saying, “I presented the case...don’t blame me, blame the GJ for not voting for a true bill.” Questionable officer shootings of others come to mind.

Anonymous said...

Madison / Rankin County POLITICS! Nothing more nothing less!!!!

Anonymous said...

Who got paid?

Anonymous said...

Why are you people discussing grand jury action. The prosecutor withdrew the indictment, saying he intends to file with a specific time frame.

Most of us only want to know more about the 'penetration' mentioned in the document. Well, other than who was moaning and at what point.

Anonymous said...

to all those who think it’s ok for a 30+year old woman to engage in sexual intercourse with a 17 yr old male, why don’t you defend a 30+year old man engaging in sexual intercourse with a 17 year old female? would you feel the same way if it were two males? two females ?

it’s all the same crime. all of it. doesn’t matter how the victim feels after the fact. a 17 year old female might feel the exact same way. or the 17 year old male having his first same sex partner.

yeah- it’s all a matter of perspective. and it’s ALL criminal.

Anonymous said...

@8:31 it is not the same crime and you know it.

Age of Consent laws were created by women who had recently gained political power from the 19th amendment and was intended to prosecute predatory grooming of girls by men.

Feminists wanted post pubescent girls to have enough time to gain independence before they were impregnated and locked into obedience to a husband for their own survival. Same for all of the subsequent laws such as spousal and child support.

The laws original intent had little to do with labelling a post pubescent teen male as a "child" and then having women older then he prosecuted for succumbing to his hormone fueled teenaged virility.

Handy said...

9:37 is right. If you can’t see that, nobody can help you, you have to be in denial.

Anonymous said...

The way I'm reading this the Madison County DA's office will be clarifying the documents to re-present to get an indictment.

16 years old
Mississippi Age of Consent Laws 2020
The Mississippi Age of Consent is 16 years old. In the United States, the age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity.

Not sure if the victim and/or his parents were counseled in this plan and if their co-operation is still on going.

Perry Mason said...

@12:10, I don't know if it was intentional on your part or not, but the phrase circus court is a very good descriptor of some of the sessions I have witnessed.

Anonymous said...

For those of you purists who think 'it's NOT the same crime', listen to the instructions from the judge before you're sent to the jury room. You are sorely misguided. You sit there typing with one hand with your pecker in the other and enjoy making your own interpretation of the law.

Anonymous said...

Age of consent also has exceptions for adults in a position of authority... like a swim coach.

Also -- May 26, 2020 at 9:37 AM. Cite sources or go type that bullshit in your manifesto.

Anonymous said...

Miss. Code. Ann. 97-3-65 - Statutory Rape

(1) The crime of statutory rape is committed when:
(a) Any person seventeen (17) years of age or older has sexual intercourse with a child who:
(i) Is at least fourteen (14) but under sixteen (16) years of age;
(ii) Is thirty-six (36) or more months younger than the person; and
(iii) Is not the person’s spouse; or
(b) A person of any age has sexual intercourse with a child who:
(i) Is under the age of fourteen (14) years;
(ii) Is twenty-four (24) or more months younger than the person; and
(iii) Is not the person’s spouse.

Miss. Code. Ann. 97-3-95(2) - Sexual Battery

A person is guilty of sexual battery if he or she engages in sexual penetration with a child under the age of eighteen (18) years if the person is in a position of trust or authority over the child including without limitation the child’s teacher . . . or coach.

Anonymous said...

Kingfish, is the rumor true that you are friends with the young lads parent(s) and they want you to push the issue? That's the word around town.

Anonymous said...

@12:39 PM
There is no way that Kingfish would besmirch the reputation of his golden goose by using his blog to push a personal vendetta against a woman like some tool.

Kingfish said...

Nope. Dont know the parents. If I know any one related to victim, I don't know it.

Anonymous said...

To paraphrase the post at 11:08, 16 is the age of consent in Mississippi, if the other person is at least 17, but not more than 36 months older than the 16-year-old. It can be dangerous to get legal advice from the Internet. (yes, I do see the irony in that last statement)

Anonymous said...

Any update on if the DA will actually file charges again? Or will this privileged woman get off?

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