Outrageous 18yo Athlete Accused of Rape Gets Neither Jail Time Nor 'Sex Offender' Status
— Fusion (@Fusion) August 22, 2016
A former high school athlete who prosecutors say raped two sleeping teenage girls will serve no time behind bars and won't have to register as a sex offender.
18-year-old David Becker was sentenced to two years probation by a Massachusetts court. According to court documents, the three teens were drinking at a friend's house at a party near their high school in East Longmeadow in April.
The victims told police that they woke up to Becker sexually assaulting them. Police say Becker admitted having sexual contact with one of the victims but claimed he thought it was consensual. He apparently texted the girls an apology the next day.
Becker's attorney praised the lighter sentence, telling a local news outlet, "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. Putting this kid in jail for two years would have destroyed this kid's life. He can now look forward to a productive life without being burdened with the stigma of having to register as a sex offender."
The case has drawn comparisons to Brock Turner, the Stanford University swimmer who was sentenced to six months in county jail plus probation after being found guilty of rape.
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