How did David Becker a star athlete manage to only get probation after evidence showed he had raped two unconscious women? A case of white privilege?
David Becker a former East Longmeadow High School star athlete charged with sexually assaulting two unconscious women has caused outcry after being spared jail time or having to register as a sex offender.
The 18 year old Massachusetts youth according to a report via masslive was instead sentenced to two years probation despite the court agreeing there was ample evidence that the jock athlete had violated the two women.
Offered Becker’s attorney, Thomas Rooke: ‘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.
As part of Becker’s sentencing, Palmer District Court Judge Thomas Estes ordered that the star athlete must remain drug and alcohol-free, submit to an evaluation for sex offender treatment and stay away from the two 18-year old victims.
The sentence allows Becker to serve out the terms of probation in Ohio, where he stated on his Facebook page he had planned to attend college.
Yet what unnerves observers most is the condition which will spare David Becker having to register as a sex offender. As long as the youth complies with the conditions of probation, no conviction will appear on his record.
Interestingly a post by rawstory Monday afternoon told of the University of Dayton saying that David Becker will not be attending the school. Not necessarily understood is whether the school revoked its offer or whether Becker walked away from the school.
During trial proceedings, Hampden County Assistant District Attorney Eileen M. Sears had recommended Becker be found guilty of two counts of indecent assault and battery and serve two years in prison.
Told a statement via the Hampden County District Attorney’s office: ‘After careful consideration of all available information and a lengthy and thorough investigation by the District Attorney’s Special Victims Unit and the East Longmeadow Police Department, the recommendation of jail time was deemed appropriate and fair based on the facts and circumstances of the case.’
At the time of his initial charging, David Becker had been booked on two counts of rape and one count of indecent assault stemming from an April 2 house party at which he allegedly penetrating the two victims with his finger while they were unconscious.
Allegations came to light the following week when a East Longmeadow High School student told a school resource officer about a rumor circulating that a high school senior had sexually assaulted two senior girls while drunk the previous weekend.
When the school reached out to the two women, the victims told him they had been drinking at the Allen Street home of a classmate whose father was out of town. The party broke up at about 11:30 p.m., when their friend’s 22-year-old sister arrived home and told the teenage revelers to leave.
Becker, the victims and another friend stayed at the house and helped clean according to the teen girls.
After they finished, one of the victims said, both girls went into an upstairs bedroom -one requiring assistance walking up the stairs-, and Becker later came in to talk, before they all fell asleep in the same bed. Each girl told of waking up to Becker sexually assaulting them.
In a text message to one of the victims the next day, Becker apologized for the assault. The victim responded with a text telling Becker ‘don’t even worry about it,’ but later told police that she said this because ‘she did not know what else to say.’
A police report cited by WWLP told of Becker denying touching one of the young women and thought that what he did to the other victim was fine because she did not stop him.
Let’s read that together in slow motion kids: THOUGHT THAT WHAT HE DID TO THE OTHER VICTIM WAS FINE BECAUSE SHE DID NOT STOP HIM.
Of contention were claims that one of the victims heard of Becker having similarly assaulted other girls in the past, and that friends sometimes refer to him as “David the Rapist”.
Claims which David Becker’s attorney said were wholly unfounded and untrue.
Offered Rooke: ‘Labeling him ‘David the Rapist’ is truly an unjust character assassination of what this individual has accomplished in the past.’
Masslive told of East Longmeadow police investigated one of the victim’s allegation, saying that the claim was baseless.
Becker, Rooke noted, was a three-sport athlete at East Longmeadow High School who clocked the second-most hours of community service in his class.
In deciding to accept a reduced charge, Hampden County District Attorney’s office also told of one of the two victims provided a victim impact statement saying that she did not believe jail time was necessary.
Reacting to the ‘continued without a finding verdict’ (unless a violation occurs during probation), Becker’s attorney argued that jailing his client would have destroyed his life.
Told the attorney: ‘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.’
Across the counter, Kevin Fagan of Longmeadow saw things differently.
Reacting to Becker’s sentencing, commentators told of not necessarily being sure if prison time would have been appropriate, while others argued social standing and apparent good citizenship should not come into play when considering punishment for sexual assault.
Reflected, one local, Kevin Fagan of Longmeadow: ‘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 OK?’
Of note, neither victim attended David Becker’s court proceedings.
— Matt Faulknor (@MattFaulknor) August 22, 2016
We have minimum sentencing laws for possession of marijuana, but apparently not for rape. What. #DavidBecker
— Kevin M (@TheHawkeyedOne) August 22, 2016
— Your Name Here (@NoWhiteCulture) August 23, 2016
Does anyone know where David Becker the Rapist is going to college? Those women need to be warned. #DavidBeckerTheRapist
— Kelly Ellis (@justkelly_ok) August 23, 2016