Crime

Gino Rael, sex offender accused of trying to recruit young girls from jail, claims discrimination based on his love of pleather

Remember Gino Rael? He's the convicted sex offender accused of trying to recruit underage girls in letters written from jail -- and while he insisted in court that he was actually targeting women of legal age, a judge pointed out that descriptions such as "I like skateboards, robots, fighting pirates" seemed aimed at a younger demographic.

Well, he's at it again. According to the Boulder Daily Camera, he's now suing his probation officers, claiming that he was bounced from a treatment program and put behind bars again partly "because he refused to change his youth-oriented style of dress -- including 'pleather pants,' fishnet tights and black, runny makeup."

In his lawsuit, which was (naturally) written by hand, Rael also argues that he's being punished because of his belief in God and identification as a Native American -- leading authorities to tell him he couldn't wear feathers in his hair.

The bastards!

Rael's next trip to court is March 1, when his suit will be "considered" -- very seriously, I'm sure. After that, he returns on April 26 for sentencing.

If things don't go his way, the judge should expect a very strongly worded letter...

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