(KTXL/CNN)– A California business person was sentenced on Wednesday to 90 days of house arrest and 5 years of probation after pleading no contest to felony statutory rape of a lady who is now 7 years old.
Aside from preventing prison, 79-year-old Lyle Burgess of Stockton does not need to sign up as a sex offender.
The victim was just 5 years of ages when she was assaulted, said family attorney Kenneth Meleyco. The attorney said it happened after Burgess invited the household to his Calaveras County cabin back in 2016.
The girl’s dad had actually understood Citizen for 20 years.
“They trusted this guy, he was a family buddy, and he took advantage of them,” Meleyco stated.
After Wednesday’s hearing, defense attorney Gregory Davenport said his customer still preserves his innocence. He informed the Stockton Record he believes the allegations versus Citizen “are encouraged by greed.”
Citizen established Rare Components Inc. in 1981– an automotive parts manufacturer and supplier.
Meleyco said Burgess’ affluence and standing in the community might have been consider his sentencing.
“He’s clearly extremely rich and it’s simply an example of how the wealthy people, time and time again, escape the penalty for exactly what they did,” Meleyco said.
KTXL-TV reached out to Deputy District Lawyer Kathy Murray, to learn why Citizen was accuseded of simply statutory rape and why he would not need to sign up as a sex culprit.
Murray deferred the station to a media person, who stated to put any questions in writing online. KTXL had actually not heard back since Friday morning.
The girl’s household recently filed a civil suit versus Citizen seeking undefined damages for sexual abuse and intentional infliction of psychological distress.
“The woman is refraining from doing great,” Meleyco said. “She’s revealing all the symptoms of somebody who’s been molested. She’s in therapy, and she’s going to remain in counseling all her life.”
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