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Man accused of raping, assaulting classmates get probation

August 22, 2016

PALMER, Mass. (AP) — An 18-year-old Massachusetts man accused of raping and sexually assaulting two unconscious classmates in April will serve two years of probation.

The case against David Becker was continued without a finding in Palmer District Court last week. The case will be dismissed if Becker complies with probation.

Becker’s lawyer says his client can now “look forward to a productive life without being burdened with the stigma of having to register as a sex offender.” Becker can serve the two years of probation in Ohio, where he plans to attend college.

Becker was charged with two counts of rape and one count of indecent assault. Prosecutors allege the former East Longmeadow High student assaulted two classmates at an April 2 house party.

Prosecutors had recommended Becker serve two years behind bars.

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