There's another Brock Turner on the loose, but he may be even more dangerous.
Another case of a judge sympathizing with a rapist has just occurred and the mainstream media isn’t talking about it, lest David Becker’s name and photo become as notorious as Brock Turner’s and ruin his life further.
As many point out, ruining Becker’s life as he ruined the lives of his victims is the proper punishment for someone with no remorse for their crimes, but the judge in David Becker’s case doesn’t see it that way.
Eighteen-year-old David Becker was at a house party at a fellow student’s house and two unnamed victims stayed behind to help clean up. The two women fell asleep upstairs alongside Becker, the three of them talking until the two fell asleep.
Both victims woke up to Becker sexually assaulting them, and a text message that Becker sent the next day to apologize to them is evidence that Becker assaulted them and knew what he did was wrong before he did it.
Becker was charged with two counts of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery, but Judge Thomas Estes thought a conviction would be too harsh and gave him a continuance without a finding verdict, where Becker will essentially not be guilty.
Becker’s attorney, Thomas Rooke, was pleased with the sentence and 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 continued verdict means that Becker, who is unsurprisingly a three-sport athlete that just graduated high school, is simply on probation for two years. He must adhere to the terms, which are that he must remain alcohol and drug-free and take sex offender treatment programs. He will not have to register as a sex offender.
It’s only if he reoffends that he’ll be convicted for these counts of rape and then put on the sex offender registry. So the judge would prefer for him to assault another victim before he puts him in jail, rather than giving him the proper jail time considering he’s an admitted rapist.
Since their assault, the victims have heard from fellow students that Becker has a reputation for assaulting others and has even been given the nickname “David the Rapist” in some groups. Meanwhile, Rooke said,
“We all made mistakes when we were 17, 18, 19 years old. Putting this kid in jail for two years would have destroyed this kid’s life.”
Mass Live spoke to community members to ask how they felt about the verdict, or lack thereof. One concerned citizen, Kevin Fagan, said,
“I’ve heard that story a million times about wealthy kids… I don’t think that [good citizenship] should be considered. How are the girls? That’s the question we’re missing here; are they okay?”
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