Prosecutors knocked over plea in case of alleged rape

Prosecutors knocked over plea in case of alleged rape

first_imgThe Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is experiencing a nationwide firestorm after a Vancouver man accused of raping a 15-year-old girl was offered a plea deal and sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in jail.Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Camara Banfield said she’s received numerous calls and emails from people, including victims of sexual assault, from across the country. The Columbian’s Thursday story — “Man accused of raping girl, 15, gets 90 days” — garnered dozens of comments online and hundreds in other places, and was shared by news outlets, such as The Seattle Times.The defendant, Efrain Marcos Rodriguez III, 27, entered an “in re Barr” plea in Clark County Superior Court to communicating with a minor for immoral purposes. The plea allows a defendant to plead guilty to a lesser related charge he didn’t commit in order to avoid conviction for a greater offense. The original charge of third-degree child rape was amended as part of a plea deal. Rodriguez was sentenced to 364 days in jail, with 274 days of the time suspended for two years. He was given credit for 89 days in custody.Banfield has spoken with many concerned community members, she said, and believes that they deserve to have more information about the prosecuting attorney’s office’s policies on sexual assault, particularly when it comes to children who have been victimized.“Our victims come first. We may make decisions they don’t like — not in this case — but it’s for their well-being,” she said. “We do believe this was the best result. This is what the victim wanted.”last_img


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