A 27-year-old man from Magna, Utah may be able to avoid any more time behind bars after receiving his sentencing hearing on a sex crime conviction. Authorities accused the man of sexually assaulting a child with a Wii game controller. The man was accused of a first-degree felony rape of a child with an object. However, authorities say that the defendant pled guilty to a second-degree felony charge of child abuse. It exchange for the guilty plea, the first-degree charge was dropped.
Prosecutors sought the first-degree felony sex crime charge based upon allegations that the Magna man was present when a group of boys were attending a sleep over. The boys apparently were playing video games at the gathering.
Prosecutors believe that the 27-year-old did not like something one of the boys did during the sleep-over party. Officials claim that the adult grabbed a toy-gun-like game controller associated with the Wii gaming system and used the controller to allegedly rape the 12-year-old boy with the object at the gathering.
Authorities assert that the next morning, the same boy did something else that officials believe upset the adult. Prosecutors say that the adult repeated the sexual assault with the game controller.
After pleading guilty to a lesser charge, the judge placed the defendant on probation for 36 months and gave him credit for the 385 days of time served behind bars. Provided he complies with the terms of probation, he will not serve time in prison for the conviction.
Defendants generally have the right to take a criminal case to trial. However, many cases may be resolved through a guilty plea that can reduce exposure to potential prison time.
Source: Salt Lake Tribune, “Man accused in Wii controller rape sentenced,” Aaron Falk, Oct. 25, 2012