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lunedì 8 maggio 2017

20-year-old sentenced for raping, videotaping 3-year-old girl

Not only did the Easton teen rape a 3-year-old girl, but he memorialized it by videotaping himself as he did so.

Not just once, either. Twice last summer, Courtney A. Thompson videoed himself as he used the toddler as an "instrument" to act out his sexual fantasies, as he later told an evaluator.
Before Thompson was sentenced on Friday, a Northampton County prosecutor remembered how those videos nearly moved two veteran police investigators to tears.
A family spoke of the girl's lost innocence and the behavioral problems she has struggled with ever since: separation anxiety, fear of affection, unexpected outbursts.
"If this isn't the worst it can be, then when?" said Assistant District Attorney Tatum Wilson in asking for the maximum sentence allowed by law.
That is exactly what Senior Judge Leonard Zito handed down, ordering the 20-year-old Thompson to serve 40 to 80 years in state prison and saying the horror of his crime demands it.
"It's almost unspeakable," Zito said.
Thompson pleaded guilty in February to two counts of child rape, when Zito warned he faced a sentence that could be "well beyond your lifetime."


Thompson was charged after the girl's mother called police in September after discovering one of the videos on his cellphone, according to court records. The video depicted Thompson pulling down the girl's diaper and raping her, the woman reported.
Thompson surrendered the phone to police and it was analyzed the next day at a forensic lab, where the videos were recovered, authorities said. In an interview with investigators, Thompson gave a full confession, according to prosecutors.
If Thompson is ever released from prison, he will have to register as a sex offender for life. Thompson also didn't contest that he is a sexually violent predator, a designation that would bring enhanced counseling and reporting requirements.
Thompson had a prior sex offense as a juvenile, when he inappropriately touched a 3-year-old boy, according to Wilson. He spent a year at a treatment facility in Reading, but his behavior only escalated as an adult, Wilson said.
Wilson noted that by Thompson's own account, he has no mental health problems, was not himself abused as a child, and has a family that supports him. That only makes his case more troubling, she said.
"People like the defendant, to me, are the most terrifying," Wilson said.
The girl's father, mother and grandmother asked Zito for the maximum sentence, saying the assaults have hurt their family and the girl.
"Her childhood was robbed from her at the age of three," the grandmother said in a written statement read by Wilson.
Public defender Anthony Rybak called his client's actions "unfathomable" and said Thompson wants to get treatment while in prison.
"This is definitely the hardest case I've ever had to deal with, especially because I'm a father," Rybak said.
Thompson's parents stood beside him, even as they acknowledged they could not understand how he could rape a child.
"All the help he can get, your honor, I'd like him to have," the father, also named Courtney Thompson, told Zito. "We are saddened by these actions. We don't know where they're coming from."
Thompson apologized in court. Rybak said he took responsibility as soon as he was questioned, and pleaded guilty as soon as he could.
"I don't believe he is an evil person. He's a broken person," Rybak said. "He's a flawed person."

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