A former Massachusetts high school senior charged with sexual assaulting two girls, was sentenced to just two years of probation.
David Becker, a former East Longmeadow High School athlete, was charged with two counts of rape and and one count of indecent assault, reports Mass Live. Palmer District Court Judge Thomas Estes sentenced Becker to two years probation.
During the two years, Becker must stay away from drugs and alcohol, avoid the two girls he assaulted and “submit to an evaluation for sex offender treatment.”
As long as Becker adheres to his probation terms, he does not have to register as a sex offender, and a conviction will not occur on his record.
“He can now look forward to a productive life without being burdened with the stigma of having to register as a sex offender. The goal of this sentence was not to impede this individual from graduating high school and to go onto the next step of his life, which is a college experience,” said Thomas Rooke, Becker’s attorney.
A student came forward and told a school resource officer of a rumor going around that claimed a high school senior had assaulted two girls when they were drunk at a party.
The girls said that they had been drinking at a friend’s house while the father was out of town. When the party ended, the two girls, Becker and another friend helped clean up after the party. Police said that Becker and the two girls talked in a bedroom until they fell asleep.
The victims said that they woke up and realized Becker was sexually assaulting them. According to court records, the day after, one of the victims said that Becker sent her a text apologizing; the victim texted back “don’t even worry bout it.” She sent that text because she did not know how else to respond, according to the police report.
Becker denied assaulting one of the victims, saying the other girl did not say stop, so he though his actions were all right.
“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,” Rooke said.
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