SULPHUR, Okla. – A man who pleaded guilty to brutally raping and sodomizing a 13-year-old girl at a church camp in Oklahoma will not serve any additional jail time.
Benjamin Lawrence Petty, 36, was sentenced to 15 years on probation, NewsOK reported Tuesday.
Benjamin Lawrence Petty (credit: Oklahoma Department of Corrections)
The girl was raped in June 2016, while attending church camp at Falls Creek. Petty was a working as a cook at the camp, according to NewsOK.
The district attorney who negotiated the plea deal said Petty is “legally blind” and that was part of the reason he didn’t insist on prison time, NewsOK reported.
“The big thing is Mr. Petty is legally blind and the parents (of the victim) live out of state and this little girl lives out of state and didn’t want to make all the travels back and forth,” Murray County Assistant District Attorney David Pyle was quoted as saying.
Petty will be required to wear an ankle monitor for 24 months, register as a sex offender and obtain treatment, according to NewsOK.
An attorney who is helping represent the victim’s interests in a civil case was quoted as saying the family consented to the plea agreement after they were told by the district attorney’s office that “the rapist would not serve any meaningful prison time due to his medical conditions.”
Man Wanted For Child Kidnapping In Colorado Found In Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A 60-year-old man and a boy he’s suspected of kidnapping from Colorado were found near a southern Utah lake where they had been walking naked after asking for food and water from campers.
Garfield County sheriff’s spokeswoman Denise Dastrup said David Glenn Freeman and the 12-year-old boy were located Monday near Pangutich Lake about 265 miles (426 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City after an Amber Alert was issued Sunday night in Saguache County in southwestern Colorado.
Freeman was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and lewdness. It was unknown if he had an attorney.
The boy was taken to a hospital to get evaluated. The Associated Press isn’t naming him because he’s a juvenile.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigations says in a news release that Freeman and the boy know each other but aren’t related.