Man Who Sexually Assaulted Men He Met at Local Beer Pong Tournaments sentenced to 150 years in prison

Photo of Joey Poindexter: Montgomery County Police Department

The Baltimore Sun reports the 150 year sentence and:

“Poindexter was convicted of assaulting five men, but prosecutors believe there are at least two dozen more victims, based on videos and photos they say Poindexter took of the assaults. Prosecutors say Poindexter met several of the men at beer pong tournaments, including one at a bar in College Park.”

Previously we learned the assaults took place after events at “various bars in the D.C. and Baltimore area” over 10 years.

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  • Holy. Crap. That is abominable. The police probably don’t even know who the rest of these victims are.

  • nightborn

    A serial rapist – so chilling. Glad he is going to a place where he can’t hurt another person.

  • Why do I feel like he would have gotten so much less if he had assaulted women instead of men?

    • I had the same thought.

    • Because history has shown us that is true.

      • This is a completely inapt comparison. While I think police could use better training about handling sexual assault victims generally, the difference here is that he was choosing men from bars that are not known to be gay bars. In this case there is VERY little possibility of consent since the vast majority of the victims are not interested in consensual sex with other men.
        An appropriate comparison might be looking at whether male offenders who victimize women receive similar sentences as women offenders who victimize men. I suspect in the latter case the victims would have much more trouble getting the attention of authorities and being successfully prosecuted in court.
        All forms of sexual assault are clearly wrong. The point is just that it is easier for police, prosecutors, judges and juries to believe/prove there was no consent when the victims were all heterosexual men.

        • Bullshit. Rapists whose victims are UNCONSCIOUS women get more lenient sentences. The police don’t point out her lack of consent then. They say, “well she shouldn’t have gotten drunk,” or “she probably led him on before she passed out”.

          • Thank you for pointing out that rape centers on consent.

            Anyone talking about rape who isn’t talking about consent is missing the point.

            And impaired consent isn’t consent.

        • Why does it matter which sex the victims usually had sex with? I agree with you that — rightly or wrongly — “it is easier for police, prosecutors, judges and juries to believe/prove there was no consent when the victims were all heterosexual men,” but when an offense is documented on video and shows that the victim is drugged/unconscious, isn’t it already clear that there was no consent?

          • Edit: “Rightly or wrongly” wasn’t the appropriate phrase for me to have used. I think the sad reality is that many people seem to think a man’s rape of a man is a more grievous crime than a man’s rape of a woman… but I don’t think that’s right at all.

    • I’m going to disagree. Confirmed date raping of 29 women with FULL VIDEO of each crime (ick ick ick!) would lead to a similar sentence. The fact that it was so clearly documented is probably what led to the severity of the sentence. There was absolutely no room for Poindexter to make any sort of credible defense against the charges.

      • The max factor rapist was originally given 124 yrs reduced to 50 with parole possible in 15yrs. He raped 3 women on video, jumped bail, and he was convicted of over 80 felonies while on the run. 3 isn’t 29, but all were on video and clearly unconscious.

        • +1000. There are plenty of cases where women are raped while they are drugged/drunk and someone takes pictures or videotapes it. The difference is how we view the situation. In a male-to-female case, we start with the assumption that it’s consensual. In a male-to-male case, we assume it’s non-consensual. If the fact pattern were the same but the victims were women, it would be harder to make all 29 cases stick.

        • So, the original sentences were similar. Thats all you can really compare. The fact that at some later date the sentence got reduced isnt really germane to the discussion at hand because this is the original sentence. I doubt this one will get reduced. But, I think that has less to do with the gender of his victims and the huge inequalities in the justice system between those who can afford a multi-million dollar defense and those who cannot.

          • The original sentences are similar with different facts.
            124 originally for 3 rapes on video, bail jumping, and 80+ felonies while on the run
            150 for 5 rapes on video

            Maybe this wasn’t the best comparison because of the wealth differences, but max factor guy did a LOT more crimes, and he still got a lower original sentence than this guy. I’ve never heard of a male-female rapist getting anywhere near 150yrs.

          • Come on… whats the difference between a 124 years and 200 years? If it werent for the parole and shortened sentence that was negotiated later, anything over like 60-75 years is the same. If Max Factor had been sentenced to 1 million years in jail would that have been twice the justice of 500,000 years??

            To me, anything that makes sure a monster stays in jail for the rest of his/her natural life is adequate. I dont care the amount of icing on the cake.

          • Eligibility for parole makes a big difference. Max guy might be out in a few years. The issue was the disproportionate treatment of male vs female victims. Harping on one case isn’t changing anything. Female victims have a harder time across the board.

          • I agree that female victims have a harder time across the board. Especially when it comes to cops that prefer to shame a victim rather than be helpful.
            The Max Factor guy isn’t a very good comparison. California has been explicitly told to de-populate its prisons due to over-crowding (which is seen as inhumane conditions). For the last two years, judges have been reducing sentencing and letting out thousands of non-violent offenders. California led the country with institution the Three Strikes Law and that has been thrown out the window. My guess is that the Max Factor guy’s reduction in sentencing is a combination of hiring the best lawyers (wealth/privilege) and riding this wave of reduced sentencing. There’s huge disparities in sentencing across different jurisdictions.

          • I’m not sure why it needs to be made into a gender bias issue. The truth is that victims of sexual violence see justice served, or at least adequate justice served, at an appallingly low rate. Of all the violent crimes that are perpetrated, I’m sure sex crimes are successfully prosecuted the least.

            However, I think its going too far to say that male victims see justice more often than female victims. And, to extrapolate from that that the justice system is skewed against female victims.

            Our system isnt very good at prosecuting sex crimes (and its inadequacies arent limited to this area, its also not very good at prosecuting crimes involving a police officer as the accused, or crimes dealing with addiction, etc). I think thats a fairly non-controversial statement. Anything else, I think would be pretty hotly disputed with no clear consensus or conclusion, mostly resulting from too many variables.

          • Max Factor is not the best example, I admit, but he was the only person I could think of with similar amount of female victims and video.
            Whether or not we agree on female victims resulting in a lower sentence, we can agree (I hope) that these male victims faced none of the things female victims routinely face: why was he so drunk? why did he leave with a stranger? what was he wearing? etc.

          • Other than the “what was he/she wearing” foolishness, I was actually wondering what exactly happened. What led the guys to go back with this dude? Were they drugged? I wondered that about Hannah Graham too. Its not about blaming the victim, its about wondering what exactly happened and why. Perhaps this didnt get the media attention it would have gotten if the victims had been female, but Im not sure if thats a good thing/bad thing. Maybe its a result of bias against men/women victims? I’m not sure. Again, too many variables.

            I think the thing is, someone could allege that male victims of sexual violence experience bias. I wouldnt agree with them either, but there’s a lot of reasons why someone would say that. I think the truth, as with most things, is a lot more simple. The system is just really bad at this stuff. (though, “bad” is relative too – we do it better than we used to and do it better than many other places). I’d like to think things are constantly improving and thats what still makes our system better than it could be.

        • 3 isn’t 29, you’re right, but his sentence is a reflection of the number of crimes committed, so it isn’t irrelevant.

          • Well, he was convicted on 5 crimes so…yea, the other videos are irrelevant for sentencing purposes.

      • He was convicted of five assaults, not 29.
        I too feel like a guy who was convicted of raping five women probably would have received a lesser sentence.

    • The sentence could be due in part to homophobic bias within the justice system — homosexual assault seen as a greater moral wrong than heterosexual assault. One thing is for sure, he would have gotten less time if he were white.

    • Same thought. I always think that about the church/priest abuse scandals too.

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