Petition calls for removal of MA judge in East Longmeadow rape case

EAST LONGMEADOW, MA (WHDH) — The case of a former Massachusetts high school star athlete sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting two unconscious classmates is drawing parallels to the case of former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, who got just six months for a sexual assault conviction.

An official with the women’s advocacy group UltraViolet says both cases are examples of “rape culture at work.”

Eighteen-year-old David Becker played soccer, volleyball and basketball at East Longmeadow High School.

He was charged with rape and indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 but pleaded guilty last week to indecent assault and battery.

He was sentenced to two years of probation with the possibility charges will be dismissed.

Prosecutors had sought two years behind bars.

Becker’s attorney says the sentence is fair.

An online petition is now calling for the removal of the judge in that case.

Some people are upset he sentenced Becker to just two years of probation.

While on probation, Becker must remain drug and alcohol free and stay away from the two victims.

If he complies, he will not have to register as a sex offender.

 

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