Jury selection begins for former county legislator accused of rape

There are 15 comments on the WHEC-TV Rochester, NY story from May 1, 2009, titled Jury selection begins for former county legislator accused of rape. In it, WHEC-TV Rochester, NY reports that:

There is new information on a former Monroe County lawmaker accused of raping a 16-year-old girl at the Rochester Yacht Club.

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cjk

Rochester, NY

#1 May 1, 2009
what a sick sick man. I hope the girl he raped can put this behind her and not let what he did rule her life.
LookAtTheFacts

Corvallis, OR

#2 May 1, 2009
This man is innocent until proven guilty... I guess you forgot our legal system works like that! Mr. Bastuk is innocent of these charges. Maybe someday you will falsely be accused of a crime and you can experience the horror he is going through because he has been falsely accused. Need more info? Maybe you should read:
http://democratandchronicle.com/article/20090... +
that girl really sounds credible!
cjk wrote:
what a sick sick man. I hope the girl he raped can put this behind her and not let what he did rule her life.
gottalaugh

Webster, NY

#3 May 1, 2009
He's a god damned child rapist, put this animal under the jail....
cjk

Rochester, NY

#4 May 1, 2009
LookAtTheFacts wrote:
This man is innocent until proven guilty... I guess you forgot our legal system works like that! Mr. Bastuk is innocent of these charges. Maybe someday you will falsely be accused of a crime and you can experience the horror he is going through because he has been falsely accused. Need more info? Maybe you should read:
http://democratandchronicle.com/article/20090... +
that girl really sounds credible!
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I did as you suggested, and you are right, he is innocent until proven guilty. in this country we also have the right to think and feel as we wish, and when it comes to the rape of a child, I wiil always believe the child until proven otherwise. If he is innocent, then I have the utmost sympathy for what he is going through. I am sorry that I angered you, but the molestation or rape of children makes my blood boil, and there just seems to be so much of it these days.
batman

Lima, NY

#5 May 1, 2009
if he did do it ,give him life in jail,if he did not do it ,damm he will still be a public disgrace,thats how it works,nice system we have NOT
kara

Rochester, NY

#7 May 4, 2009
This guy was one of the sleaziest politicians in the county!! He was always flirting with staff, as if they would ever be interested in an ugly creep like that!! Why on earth does the wife stay with him??????
anne marie

Rochester, NY

#8 May 4, 2009
Hey "look at the facts"- if you had ever worked in the criminal justice system as I have, you would know what it took for that young girl to accuse an adult, to be plunged into the justice system- how frightened she must be, and yet she has the courage to stand up to him and try to get him punished for what he did! And even though he was a pretty small-time politician, he still did hold public office, and the cops and the D.A. would make sure of the veracity of her charge before going after a former public figure!! Curious, too, as to why you're following this from Oregon??
Ex-Friend of Bill Bastick

Rochester, NY

#9 May 4, 2009
Bill has a colorful past and I'm afraid our legal syatem will not work this time. The man disgusts me. The news does not report everything. He is a disgrace.

“Lovin' you is fuuu-uuun...”

Since: Apr 09

drop the puck, Ref...

#10 May 4, 2009
the guy does look like a creep, but, what kind of "friend" are you, that doesn't even know how to spell the alleged perp's name? you must've been really close, huh?

“Lovin' you is fuuu-uuun...”

Since: Apr 09

drop the puck, Ref...

#11 May 4, 2009
anne marie wrote:
Hey "look at the facts"- if you had ever worked in the criminal justice system as I have, you would know what it took for that young girl to accuse an adult, to be plunged into the justice system- how frightened she must be, and yet she has the courage to stand up to him and try to get him punished for what he did! And even though he was a pretty small-time politician, he still did hold public office, and the cops and the D.A. would make sure of the veracity of her charge before going after a former public figure!! Curious, too, as to why you're following this from Oregon??
you would HOPE that they had it all together before getting this far. but, do you think they (the DA and the cops) knew about the mental illness and dream portions before they indicted him? and do you think the grand jury had this info, before they decided to indicte? I mean, I'd be the first to hammer him, if there was truth to it, but you can't very well push aside admitted "dreams" and "imagined" rapes and the fine line her fragile mental state has to be in right now.
Jay

United States

#12 May 4, 2009
LookAtTheFacts wrote:
This man is innocent until proven guilty... I guess you forgot our legal system works like that! Mr. Bastuk is innocent of these charges. Maybe someday you will falsely be accused of a crime and you can experience the horror he is going through because he has been falsely accused. Need more info? Maybe you should read:
http://democratandchronicle.com/article/20090... +
that girl really sounds credible!
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Looks like a bunch of sick legal posturing by another sleazy lawyer defending another sleazy client. I get it. Because the victim saw a shrink a couple years ago and had a premonition about the defendant and getting raped she does not really know if she got raped or not.

Please, you are just as sick as the perp.
Jay

United States

#13 May 4, 2009
Once I had a premonition about a car accident and then went and had a car accident. Maybe that means that the accident never actually happened.

I better call my insurance company and let them know they are charging me higher rates for an accident that might have never happened.

“Lovin' you is fuuu-uuun...”

Since: Apr 09

drop the puck, Ref...

#14 May 4, 2009
Jay wrote:
Once I had a premonition about a car accident and then went and had a car accident. Maybe that means that the accident never actually happened.
I better call my insurance company and let them know they are charging me higher rates for an accident that might have never happened.
Hey, I just called my bride and told her that I had a dream about me, her and that Marissa Tomei, she hung up on me before I could tell her the punchline...must be, it's true.
portia

Rochester, NY

#15 May 4, 2009
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LOTS of people are treated by therapists!!! She obviously felt uncomfortable around this man, and whether are not you believe in premonitions or not is not the point!! Her history of seeing a therapist is the only thing this lawyer could get his claws on, and you know it!! She is a very brave little girl, and I'm praying for justice for her.
Fact checker

Selkirk, NY

#16 May 2, 2014
He's a rapist. Period

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