The father of a 4-year-old sexual assault victim is furious after his daughter’s attacker wasn’t sentenced to any jail time.
Jonathan Staat, 16, was sentenced Wednesday for his second criminal sexual conduct offense against a person under the age of 13. Charged as an adult, he was sentenced to five years probation, one year on a tether with a 4 p.m. curfew, and ordered to not be alone with anyone under the age of 16 without adult supervision.
“I was in utter disbelief. I was extremely angry at the judge’s decision to basically give this man nothing but a stronger slap on the wrist,” the victim’s father told 24 Hour News 8.
The suspect’s father, A BLATANT VICTIM BLAMER, Michael Staat, said he thought his son’s punishment was sufficient. He says Staat asked the girl to perform oral sex on him and she did it.
The incident with the young girl happened last August, court records show. Three years prior to that, in July 2005, Staat pleaded guilty to another criminal sexual conduct charge involving a young victim.
In both cases, Staat pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct after being initially charged with first-degree and accepting plea deals.
“But still he’s walking free. So, the judge turned a second-time sexual offender back out on the streets,” the victim’s father said.
The prosecutor working the latest case said she’d hoped for jail time. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. But the judge said he didn’t think that was best in the long run.
“If he, in 10 years is to be a better person than he was…he will be better able to do so going through counseling, finishing high school, obtaining employment, and hopefully carrying on what you and I would consider a normal life,” said Ottawa County Circuit Court Judge Calvin Bosman, who handed down the sentence. “That is something that in my opinion would not occur had he gone to prison.”
Although Staat was not sentenced to jail time, he is serving 90 days in behind bars because he isn’t able to pay his fines, Staat’s father said.
Jonathan Staat has been expelled from school and has been ordered to undergo counseling in addition to his probation. His father says Jonathan will also have to comply with the sex offender registration requirements for the next 25 years
“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”