Lyle Burgess mugshot

Folks in Stockton, California and on social media are outraged over the sentencing of a 79-year-old man who pleaded no contest to the statutory rape of a 5-year-old lady.

Not solely did Lyle Burgess, 79, come away from this with out precise jail time, he additionally doesn’t should register as a intercourse offender, Fox40 reported.

After the no contest plea, Burgess, described as a rich auto elements businessman who lives in a gated group, was sentenced to 90 days of home arrest and 5 years of casual probation. A no contest plea (nolo contendere) means accepting punishment with out admitting guilt.

The alleged assault befell in 2016 at his cabin after he invited the lady’s household over. The crime dedicated reportedly didn’t contain penetration however was termed inappropriate touching.

Burgess was apparently a “household good friend.”

The legal professional for the sufferer’s household was upset the ruling might imply different victims may not be protected.

“A 5-6-year-old little lady was molested. Usually the sentence is state jail after which while you’re launched, it’s important to register as a intercourse offender,” Ken Meleyco mentioned. “Future victims usually are not protected.”

“They trusted this man, he was a household good friend, and he took benefit of them,” he added.

He additionally mentioned that the sufferer is now 7 years previous and “not doing good.”

“She’s in counseling, and he or she’s gonna be in counseling all her life,” he mentioned.

In response to the Related Press, the lady’s dad and mom felt the plea deal Burgess bought was too mild a sentence, however the choose mentioned they didn’t really feel that method once they settlement occurred within the first place. They’ve filed a civil go well with towards him.

Folks on-line additionally felt the sentence was too mild.

Burgess’ legal professional Gregory Davenport mentioned he believed the allegations towards his consumer have been  “motivated by greed” and amounted to an “occasion to attempt to acquire financially,” the Sacremento Bee reported.

[Mugshot via California Police]

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