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Teen Charged With Assault Sentenced To Probation

| by Nicholas Roberts
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A former high school star athlete in Massachusetts has received two years probation after being charged with sexually assaulting two unconscious female classmates.

David Becker, 18, was charged with two counts of rape and one count of indecent assault, which occurred in connection with an April 2 house party, according to Mass Live. Court documents say that Becker allegedly penetrated two women with his finger while they were unconscious.

The women said they awoke after a party the night before to find Becker assaulting them. Becker reportedly apologized to one of the women by text message the following day.

The girl who Becker apologized to told law enforcement that she had heard rumors that Becker had assaulted girls in the past and that friends sometimes referred to him as "David the Rapist."

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Becker's attorney, Thomas Rooke, called this nickname an "unjust character assassination" of his client and strongly denied the claim that he had assaulted girls in the past.

Authorities have not found evidence of previous assaults on Becker's part. One of the victims also told the court that she did not feel jail time was necessary.

"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," said Rooke.

"Putting this kid in jail for two years would have destroyed this kid’s life."

On August 15, Palmer District Court Judge Thomas Estes ordered that Becker's case remain open for two years. During this time, Becker is to remain drug and alcohol-free, undergo evaluation for sex offender treatment and stay away from the two victims in the case.

Of the outcome, Rooke 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."

Sources: Mass Live, Raw Story / Photo credit: WWLP via Raw Story

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