No Jail Time For Man Who Pleaded Guilty To Rape

| by Jordan Smith

A former Tennessee school bus driver pleaded guilty on July 21 to raping a 15-year-old girl, but did not received hard time.

As part of the plea deal, Alexander Rodriguez will not go to jail, according to media reports.

Rodriguez was sentenced to four years in prison, but after the sentence was suspended, he will instead be placed under supervision for 10 years and will have to wear a GPS monitor, according to the Times Free Press.

The incident occurred in March 2015, when Rodriguez drove a bus with the 15-year-old girl on board to a bus stop. The pair then got in his car and went to a motel.

When they arrived in their room, Rodriguez ordered the girl to perform oral sex.

The girl said she repeatedly told Rodriguez "no," but continued to raped her.

At one point, she told him it hurt, and Rodriguez allegedly responded, “I’m trying to make it hurt,” according to The Chattanoogan.

When initially questioned, Rodriguez denied knowing the girl or remembering her on the bus he drove.

However, Rodriguez later admitted to giving the girl a ride in his car.

The judge questioned the state before delivering the sentence.

“The judge asked why the state wasn't asking for time,” Rodriguez’s attorney, Johnny Houston, told the Times Free Press. “We did point out that [Rodriquez] had already served 100 days.”

The girl initially told investigators the sex was forced.

However, Houston claims, "The evidence didn't really bear that out, so there may have been some overall credibility issues with her.

The girl also refused to testify against Rodriguez at trial, so the prosecution could not pursue a sexual assault charge, the Daily Beast reported.

The girl’s father described Rodriguez’s punishment as lenient.

“We were immediately turned off by the fact that there was no jail time,” he said to the Times Free Press.

Sources: The Chattanoogan, Times Free Press, Daily Beast / Photo credit: WRIC

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