Update: A University of Dayton spokeswoman told MassLive that David Becker will not be a student at the school.
Any person charged with rape should never be let off the hook, but this was the case for one former athlete who essentially got off scot-free.
David Becker, 18, was charged with two counts of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery and will serve two years of probation, MassLive reported.
The former basketball player at East Longmeadow High School was ordered by Thomas Estes, a Palmer District Court judge, to keep his distance from the alleged victims, avoid consuming drugs and alcohol, and submit an evaluation for sex offender treatment, according to Raw Story.
Becker will attend college in Ohio and will not be registered as a sex offender for his actions, as long as he follows his probation protocol.
Thomas Rooke, the teenager’s attorney, said, “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.”
The 18-year-old accusers told the school’s resource officer that Becker sexually assaulted them when they were drunk and fell asleep at a house party in April.
Becker denied sexually assaulting one woman but admitted to assaulting the other woman because she allegedly didn’t stop him.
One of the victims heard about Becker’s reported history of raping young girls and he supposedly earned the nickname “David The Rapist.”
Police did not find evidence of Becker’s past sexual abuse history and one of the victims didn’t want him to serve time in jail.
“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. “Putting this kid in jail for two years would have destroyed this kid’s life.”
Despite this rapist’s plans to have a fresh start in college, it’s inexcusable for him to have such a light sentence as a result of his serious crime.
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