He Raped His Daughter Repeatedly But Isn't Going To Prison, People Furious As To Why

A Montana man recently pled guilty to the repeated rape of his 12-year-old daughter in 2015.

Prosecutors in the case recommended Martin Blake receive a 100-year sentence, with 75 years suspended.

Shockingly, Judge John McKeon decided to give Blake a 30-year suspended sentence, which means he will only serve the 30 years if he does not complete his rehab. He also received 60 days in jail, 17 days of which he already served.

Judge McKeon explained his decision by highlighting a legal loophole that promotes rehabilitation instead of jail time. The loophole allows those arrested for incest involving someone under 12 years old to avoid prison if a psychosexual evaluation determines psychiatric treatment “affords a better opportunity for rehabilitation of the offender and for the ultimate protection of the victim and society.”

The judge also pointed out that the defendant didn't have a felony record, was working, and that there had not ben input from the victim or an advocate for the victim

Deputy Valley County Attorney Dylan Jensen shook his head when he told the media that not a single person spoke on behalf of the victim at the sentencing hearing, not even the child's mother
In fact, stunningly, it turns out victim's mother and grandmother both sent statements to Judge McKeon on behalf of the rapist.

The girl's mother wrote: “I do not feel 25 years in prison is necessarily the best way for the defendant to pay for what he has done. The defendant made a horrible choice. He needs help – not to spend 25 years locked up. He is not a monster, just a man that really screwed up...”

The victim’s grandmother penned separate letter: “What he did to my granddaughter was horrible, and he should face the consequence. And I certainly never want it to happen again to anyone. But his children, especially his sons, will be devastated if their dad is no longer part of their lives.”

The letters of the two women mentioned protecting the defendant and their other children, but somehow neither letter even mentioned the 12-year-old victim.

Of note, a petition to impeach Judge McKeon has been published by nonprofit Change.org, and the petition also highlights the lack of support for the victim in this troubling case.

Source: Independent Journal Review
Photo: Change.org

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