According to court documents obtained by Western Mass News, Ryan Crochetiere, whose defense attorney declined to comment, pleaded guilty to serially sexually assaulting Sarah for years while he was under the age of All of the kids would sleep in the same room.
Sarah, who slept on the top bunk above her sister, dreaded those weekend visits. In August , Sarah sat in court as Crochetiere was sentenced to four years of probation. Then in late February , Sarah learned that her repeat-attacker would not have to register as a sex offender.
The Franklin-Hampshire Juvenile Court delivered an envelope of documents to Western Mass News, with court records and psychological studies used by Judge Judith Phillips to make the decision to allow Crochetiere a motion for relief from registering as a sex offender. Judge Phillips declined to comment for this story. This particular sexual assault occurred in June when a boy who was 17 at the time was at home with his 5-and-a-half-year-old sister.
According to a study in the U. National Library of Medicine, male child sex offenders are times more likely to commit suicide than members of the general population. And 13 percent of women who have been raped do commit suicide; 33 percent of female rape victims contemplate it. Back in August , an year-old East Longmeadow High School student, David Becker, was charged with sexually assaulting two unconscious classmates at a house party.
He was given two years of probation. He does not have to register as a sex offender and will not have the offense on his record. The judge in that case, Thomas Estes, received criticism just like Judge Phillips has. An online petition calling for the removal of Judge Estes from the bench has collected almost 50, signatures. As Sarah explained her revelations to a reporter, her mother Michelle stepped out of the room in tears.
Sarah has big plans for the future. A junior in high school, she already knows what she wants to do after she graduates from a four-year university. I absolutely love them.