“David the Rapist.” According to girls who knew 18-year-old David Becker, his nickname was “David the Rapist,” reports MassLive.com. Becker’s case is going viral, with more than 12,200 social media shares on Tuesday, August 23.
Already, social media is reacting with posts like the following from Twitter, after learning that Becker — a former athlete out of East Longmeadow, a city in Hampden County, Massachusetts — will not serve any jail time for two counts of rape and a single count of indecent assault and battery on a person older than 14 years of age.
— Chuck M (@spannerjaxs) August 23, 2016
Twitter is reeling over reports that Becker has escaped any prison time, even after the star athlete — who once attended East Longmeadow High School — was charged with sexual assault against two former classmates.
Instead, Judge Thomas Estes gave David two years probation — and the Palmer District Court decision is reverberating throughout social media on Monday. Especially in light of Thomas Rooke’s words about Becker, who defended David in the rape case. It isn’t sitting well with folks online who read that Rooke was happy that David would not have to experience the burden of living a life of a person who must register as a sex offender.
Furthermore, the assertions from Rooke that David can now proceed forward to his “college experience” is also gaining buzz online.
“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.
“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. Putting this kid in jail for two years would have destroyed this kid’s life.
“Labeling him ‘David the Rapist’ is truly an unjust character assassination of what this individual has accomplished in the past.”
The decision from Judge Estes was handed down on Monday, August 15, but went viral more than one week later, after Judge Estes gave David what is being viewed as a light sentence without jail time. Becker has to agree to not do drugs or alcohol during his two years of probation along with being evaluated as a sex offender.
David must also keep his distance from his two 18-year-old sexual assault victims.
Facebook reports that “David Becker East Longmeadow” is a phrase that has more than 43,000 people talking — and likely more than that searching for Becker’s Facebook page since Becker stated on Facebook that he planned to head to Ohio for college.
As reported by Heavy, Becker’s Facebook page once stated that he would attend the University of Dayton. However, an update to the Masslive.com article states that David will not attend the University of Dayton, as his Facebook page claimed.
“UPDATE, 1:20 p.m., Aug. 22, 2016: This story has been amended after a spokeswoman for the University of Dayton contacted The Republican / MassLive to say that Becker will not be a student there. Reached this afternoon, Becker’s attorney, Thomas Rooke, would not comment.”
Becker was recommended to receive two years in prison, according to court records, a sentence deemed fair for the two counts of rape and one count of assault that came from an incident on April 2. Becker allegedly digitally penetrated his two unconscious sexual assault victims at a party.
David reportedly apologized to his alleged victims via text messages the day after the incident. One of Becker’s victims reportedly responded, telling David not to worry about it — a claim she made because she said she didn’t know what else to say. One of the sexual assault victims did not believe Becker should have received jail time, as did Judge Estes.
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