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Former MIT Student Receives Five Years Probation After Sexually Assaulting Woman On Campus

A former Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) student received five years probation after sexually assaulting a woman on a college campus, according to The Boston Globe Tuesday.

Former MIT student Samson Donick received five years probation after breaking into a woman’s dorm room at Boston University in 2015 and violently sexually assaulting her, The Boston Globe reported. Donick pleaded guilty to charges such as breaking and entering. The attacker was previously charged with aggravated rape, which could have resulted in life imprisonment. However, the charge was lowered to indecent assault and battery as a result of a plea deal since the victim did not want to go to trial.

“The recommendation being made is a lenient one,” Judge Janet L. Sanders said, adding her reluctance to give such a light sentence to Donick. The judge acknowledged the sheer compassion of the victim to give him a light sentence. The victim believes everyone deserves a second chance, she noted, according to the Boston Herald.

“The sudden and intense breakdowns and anxiety attacks because someone had taken advantage of me in my supposed ‘safe place,’ my bedroom,” the unnamed victim said during her testimony. “The muffled murmurs outside the door of nurses discussing how a rape victim was in the emergency department and how they could hear my sobs.”

“I am extremely sorry, and I always will be,” Donick said to the victim Tuesday. Donick will be required to do 1,000 hours of community service and treatment for sex offenders. He will also be forced to register as a sex offender in Massachusetts.

The victim is incredibly courageous, and Donick has deep shame for raping her, he added.

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