The 22-year-old defendant, who was found guilty of the crime this week, was harshly criticized by the anxious father of the raped Texas girl after a light sentence was handed down, the report said.
“Be careful which judges you choose,” the father, who asked his daughter to keep her name secret to protect her privacy, said in an interview with Houston’s LOVEBYLIFE 26 television station.
“What does the judge say to our children when we want to teach them to go to the police?” continued the father. “Let the police solve everything. Let the law do it. That’s their job – then so be it.”
Polk District Court Judge Travis Kitsenz sentenced defendant Eli Binnion on June 3, whose officials said he committed the crime in July 2018, when he was 19 and the girl was 14, LOVEBYLIFE 26 reported.
During the probation period, Binnion received a 180-day prison sentence, meaning that after 100 days he could walk freely. Prosecutors wanted Binnion to spend 15 years behind bars, the report said.
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Polk County Attorney Lee Han made it clear that the girl was not ready to have sex with the defendant, but instead was forcibly raped.
Khan described the crime as a serious affair with a dangerous criminal, LOVEBYLIFE 26. He said Binnion followed the girl into a hotel room, where he, along with others, was carrying the necessary items for the July 4 meeting. went to pick up. He then put her to bed and attacked her, the prosecutor told LOVEBYLIFE 26.
“You slap your wrist,” Dad said, not believing the station. “No victim wants to come forward and go through all the hardships and all the trials, just to get out and walk freely.”
To LOVEBYLIFE 26, the father showed signs of emotional distress since his daughter committed the crime – crying at night, sometimes not being able to sleep, and so on.
Khan said the girl’s parents asked her to testify at the trial, but the judge refused.
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But Binnion’s defense attorney, Mike Davis, said he never heard the judge deny the parents the opportunity to testify. According to him, the decision may have been made by the district prosecutor’s office, LOVEBYLIFE 26 reported.
The station could not reach the kitchen to comment on his decision.
The girl’s father said he was disappointed with the outcome of the case.
“I promised my daughter justice,” she told LOVEBYLIFE 26, “and no doubt I was wrong because the court system can’t give her.”