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Massachusetts judge under fire for sentence in sex assault case

 
 
Reply Wed 24 Aug, 2016 05:08 am
Massachusetts judge under fire for sentence in sex assault case
Source: Reuters

U.S. | Tue Aug 23, 2016 5:59pm EDT

Massachusetts judge under fire for sentence in sex assault case

Women's groups and social media users on Tuesday criticized as too lenient the two years' probation given to a Massachusetts student athlete who sexually assaulted two women as they slept, likening it to a recent California case that also raised a firestorm.

David Becker, 18, a former three-sport athlete from East Longmeadow High School in western Massachusetts, escaped jail time even though prosecutors recommended a two-year sentence.

Becker admitted in court last week to sexually assaulting two 18-year-old women as they slept after a party, and an initial charge of rape was amended to indecent assault and battery, according to court records. Becker also agreed to undergo treatment and evaluation as a sex offender and submit to drug and alcohol screenings for two years.

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"We all made mistakes when we were 17, 18, 19 years old, and we shouldn't be branded for life with a felony offense and branded a sex offender," Rooke said in court, as reported by The Republican newspaper. "Putting this kid in jail for two years would have destroyed this kid's life."

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-rape-massachusetts-idUSKCN10Y2BP
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Wed 24 Aug, 2016 08:25 pm
@bobsal u1553115,
I wonder if those judges have daughters.
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Reply Wed 24 Aug, 2016 08:45 pm
@cicerone imposter,
I wonder if they've been bought off by offenders' wealthy families.
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