Another male athlete has avoided jail time after being charged with sexual assault.
A former Massachusetts highschool star athlete has received just two years probation for sexually assaulting two women in April this year.
Eighteen year-old David Becker, who will not have to register as a sex offender, was found guilty of molesting two women who were unconscious at a party.
Court documents show that Becker and the two women, who were classmates, were attending a house party on April 2nd and stayed to help clean up after the party broke up. One of the women had to be helped to an upstairs bedroom, and Becker later came in to talk. They fell asleep in the same bed and both women woke up to Becker sexually assaulting them with his fingers.
A text message to one of the victims the next day showed Becker attempting to apologize for the assault, stating ‘sorry, its my fault’ and another a few hours later: ‘Very sorry about last night I was very much in the wrong and was an embarrassment … I understand if I’m not your favorite person right now’.
No charges were made against Becker until April 8, when rumors about the assault started circulating the highschool the two girls attended.
During his probation, Becker will not be able to consume alcohol or drugs, nor contact either of his two victims. If he meets these requirements, the conviction will not go on his permanent record and he won’t have to spend a single day in prison.
The prosecutors for the case had called for a minimum of two years jail time.
Becker’s attorney, Thomas Rooke, said he was extremely pleased with the result in a statement that appeared to minimize the nature of Becker’s crime.
“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 also made sure it was known his client was a “three-letter sportsman in the upper academic percentage of his senior class”.
This slap-on-the-wrist sentencing comes just two months after ex-Stanford star swimmer, Brock Turner caused public outcry after receiving just six months prison time for raping an unconscious woman on campus, which his father branded a “steep price to pay” for “20 minutes of action”.
Turner’s judge, Aaron Persky, also acknowledged his sporting achievements in the sentencing, concluding a harsher sentence would unfairly tarnish his hard work, prompting a petition calling for Persky to be stood down.
Similarly, in May, an Oklahoma court let a 17 year-old walk free after he forced a semi-unconscious 16 year-old girl to perform oral sex on him, deeming the incident didn’t fit within the state’s forcible sodomy law and as such, couldn’t be classified as a crime.
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