19-year-old high school student who was allowed to stay in school for months after being arrested for raping a classmate in the event that this led to protests AVOID jail and get a probation sentence
- Elias Dowdy raped a classmate three days before he turned 18 in May 2018 in Niagara, New York
- He was arrested in July of that year and was allowed to stay in school for months
- In May, he pleaded guilty to rape in the third grade, but stayed in school for another week until other students protested
- He was given a probationary period on Wednesday for a year
- He must stay at home, not look at sexual websites and undergo psychiatric care
- If he had been 18 when the violation took place, he would have been behind bars for four years
A lacrosse player in high school who was allowed to stay in school for months after being arrested for raping a classmate in a decision that shocked his colleague's, avoided jail despite being found guilty of the crime and will now have a serving a probation sentence.
Elias Dowdy, now 19, raped the girl in her house in Niagara, New York, in May 2018.
Many details about the case are unknown because he was a minor at the time and was proposed for juvenile offender status, a less serious status than he would have if he had been an adult at that time.
Dowdy was arrested at the end of July.
Despite his arrest, he was allowed to stay for months at school and play lacrosse and he crossed paths with his prosecutor in the corridors.
Elias Dowdy, now 19, raped the girl in her house in Niagara, New York, in May 2018. On Wednesday, he was sentenced to probation
In May of this year, he pleaded guilty to rape in the third degree, but he was allowed to stay in school for another week.
Dowdy returned to court on Wednesday to be sentenced.
Because he was three days shy of turning 18 when the rape took place, he was spared the juvenile offender status and was given a probationary period.
If he breaks it, he is sent to jail.
The maximum term for rape in the third degree for an adult offender is four years.
Under his middle line he must stay at home and not look at sexual websites. He must also undergo psychiatric treatment.
Dowdy was then allowed to stay in school for nine months despite accusation and was only suspended when 100 students left the class in protest.
On Wednesday, he appeared before the court to be convicted and read a statement asking the victim for forgiveness.
Niagara Province Judge Sara Sheldon told the boy's friends and family to stop attacking the victim online
The victim's mother got up in court to beg for justice. She said her daughter was still traumatized by the rape
Although the victim's mother appealed to Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon to give him the status of full sex offender, the judge sentenced him to one year in jail.
The judge also read a Facebook message written by Dowdy's brother, which said: & that girl had the right to say no … it was consensual, but they make him a monster. All those people have to take a dive from a bridge. & # 39;
She used it as an example of the ways his family and friends had harassed his victim and accused her of lying months after the crime.
The victim told earlier about the pain she felt that she had to face him in the school corridors, even though it had reported it to him.
& # 39; I don't think anyone should go to school and see the person who destroyed / changed his life & # 39 ;, she said The Buffalo News.
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