A 19-year-old Minnesota boy who pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct has been sentenced to less than one year in jail as part of a plea bargain, reports the Star Tribune.
Michael Stucky is now a free man after serving 361 days in jail. The teen admitted to a judge that he raped a 15-year-old girl in her bedroom and sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl a few months prior to that incident. The teen has been spared additional jail time because of a plea agreement struck between his attorney and the girls’ parents, who wished to keep them from becoming “traumatized” by taking the witness’ stand, according to County Attorney James Backstrom.
“We believe this serves the interests of justice and the victims of these crimes,” Backstrom said.
Stucky was 18 at the time of the attacks. The older victim told police she invited the boy over to her house at 4 a.m. after they had spoken via Facebook. They began kissing, she said, but she wanted him to stop before they went any further. Instead of respecting her wishes, the teen says Stucky ripped off her clothes and raped her.
The 13-year-old girl told investigators that she and a friend accompanied Stucky to the Mall of America and then ended up at his home after the shopping trip. The girl, who was in eighth grade at the time, says the teen pushed her down on a couch in the basement and raped her. She says he was aware of her age, reports the Daily News.
Defense attorney Nicholas Gegen says that, had Stucky gone to trial, he could have received at least four years in prison for each offense for a total of eight consecutive years behind bars. Gegen says Stucky admitted he knew or should have known how old the girls were, but that he didn’t confess to using force on them. He was sentenced to 15 years of supervised probation.
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