In 2017 and 2018, a 20-year-old man pleaded guilty to raping four teenage girls at his family home in Lewiston, New York, and will not go to jail.
Christopher Belter completes his eight years of testing at home.
KVVU-TV Steve Cohen, one of the victim’s attorneys, was angered by the judge’s decision, calling Belter’s “privilege” a crucial factor.
“He’s white. He’s white. He’s been sentenced as an adult, appropriately.
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Cohen added that one of Belter’s victims was “thrown” in the bathroom after his client’s verdict.
“I am deeply, deeply disappointed. I was expecting a different outcome today. There is no justice today,” he said.
Although Belter faces no jail time, Niagara County Judge Matthew Murphy ordered the 20-year-old to register as a sex offender.
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His probationary conditions dictate him to be employed or to become a full-time student; Stay in Niagara County; Not connected with any minors; No internet use; Do not live with parents and do night trips. They are also subject to the victims ’protection order in addition to taking random polygraph and drug tests.
He addressed the court by reading a note before his sentencing.
“Through healing and reflection, I have felt deep shame for my actions and none of you deserve to be in this situation,” he said. “I think every one of you can cover the wound that I sustained. Yet I know that an injury lasts. It reminds me of something bad.”
Belter will return to court Thursday, Dec. 2, to determine his status as a registered sex offender. It can be one to three steps.