A district judge in Western Massachusetts has given an 18-year-old recent high school graduate probation after he was convicted of sexually assaulting two of his intoxicated classmates while they were unconscious after a house party. Lawyers defending David Becker, a former East Longmeadow High School student who was portrayed by the defense as a star soccer, basketball and volleyball player, cited victim statements that showed lack of desire for the teen to be imprisoned. The case is drawing parallels between the controversial sentencing of Brock Turner, a former Stanford University student convicted of sexual assault earlier this year.
The victims said that Becker had stayed with them to help clean up after a party at the house of a classmate. After the cleaning was finished, the victims, one of whom required assistance to walk up the stairs, went to stay in one of the upstairs bedroom. Becker later came in to talk, and all three fell asleep in the same bed. Both victims reported that they woke to Becker sexuallly assaulting them. The day after the incident, Becker apologized to one of the victim’s in a text message. The victim replied, “Don’t even worry about it,” but later admitted to police she only said that because “she did not know what else to say.”
Prosecutors asked for a two-year jail sentence, and though the teen did not deny any of the charges the judge opted instead to put Becker on parole for two years so that the teen could attend college. If Becker were to commit any crimes during those two years, or be caught having consumed drugs or alcohol, he would summarily be found guilty for his indecent assault on the two victims and be sent to prison.
Whether or not Becker will actually attend college, however, may be in question. The teen had planned to attend the University of Dayton in Ohio, but a spokesman from the institution has said that Becker will not be a student there in 2016.
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