The Dr. Sex Graffiti sentencing hearing came to an end yesterday. He was sentenced to six months' house arrest, will spend 10 months on probation afterward, serve 160 hours of community service, pay approximately $6,000 restitution for cleanup costs and receive anger counseling. All of this was in stark contrast to the defense attorneys and the states plea agreement to give Dr. Sex, whose real name is Karta Khalsa, a deferred sentence.
Just what is a deferred sentence? You are found guilty of the crime however if you get in no other trouble for a specified period of time the conviction is dropped from your record, It is like it never happened. Can you believe that? The man causes over six thousand dollars in damage in this case alone, not to mention the thousands if not hundreds of thousands of damage in cases he is suspected in across the state and if not for Judge Steven Pfeffer he would have basically walked in this case.
I commend our detectives who worked very hard on solving a case that very often goes unsolved. They were very upset when they learned of the plea deal and took it upon themselves to go and testify as to just how serious a graffiti tagger Mr. Karta is. Detectives are used to cases that they work hard on having plea deals made and the criminals getting away with little or no consequences. Many times they have no say in the matter. This time they made sure they were as least heard and I believe they were instrumental in Judge Pfeffer's decision to not just accept the plea agreement as is usually the norm in these types of cases.
Karta Khalsa will most likely strike again. He may change his name from Dr. Sex and he may revert to smaller graffiti acts not being as bold as the US 84-285 case but he still has not grown up.