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Virginia judge who let rapist walk away, sentences man in sex assault case, no prison

Logan Osborn, accused of tying up and sexually assault of a 14-year-old girl, will avoid jailtime.

(Chesterfield Police)

A Virginia man who allegedly tied up a 14-year-old girl and sexually assaulted her will serve no active jail time, a judge Wednesday decided.

Logan Michael Osborn, now 19, met the 14-year-old girl at a high school play in April 2017, according to the officers of justice. After the play has ended, the two went for a walk, and he led her to allegedly a path away from people.

At the end of the path, Osborn, 18, pushed the girl, tied with a belt around her neck and hands and performed a sex act, prosecutors said. The girl testified that she cried during the attack and claimed Osborn pushed her against the fence and on her knees at times.

In September 2017, Osborn pleaded guilty to having carnal knowledge of the girl. He later told the court he took responsibility for his “poor judgment,” the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

Osborn the defense lawyers argued that the interaction between the two was consensual, pointing to text messages where they agreed to have fun with Osborn.

The age of consent in Virginia is 18.

Osborn was originally sentenced to 10 years in prison with eight years suspended. But in January, Chesterfield Circuit Judge T. J. Carrier stayed the execution of that period of two years, to say that he wanted to take the matter further, according to the Times-Dispatch.

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On Wednesday, the Carrier decided to keep the implementation of the active prison sentence, with an indication of discretionary state sentencing guidelines, according to the Times-Dispatch. His decision “is a request for suspension of the entire 10-year term of imprisonment,” the newspaper reported.

This is not the first time Carrier has been in the spotlight for controversial decisions about someone accused of violent and sexual based crimes.

Dumper was criticized in 2016 after he rejected the state of Virginia’s request to deny the release of Dana William, who was in prison for rape of his ex-girlfriend, WTVR-TV reported. He had also been accused, but not charged – in several other rapes.

After his release, police said William strangling to death his ex-wife, father and kidnapped her mother in January 2016. Williams fatally shot himself as the police are about to arrest him. Researchers later found the body of the mother on the side of a road.

“I hope he knows what a terrible decision he has made,” Smith told WTVR about the Carrier’s decision to have William to be released.

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In 2009, Virginia state Sen. Steven Martin criticized the Carrier for having so many decisions destroyed, WTVR reported.

“I had serious concerns and did some research and felt that it was best that he not continue on the bank,” explains Martin.

On Wednesday, hear, Dumper, said he, “need[ed] to hear what positive things” about Osborn. James Trent, a foreman at an electrical company, praised Osborn’s work ethic and performance, saying that the “sky is the limit” with his future, according to the Times-Dispatch.

However, prosecutors noted that this is not the first time Osborne has been accused of sexual misconduct. In all, he’s been accused of seven times, including once when he was 12 years old and is charged with grabbing the genitals of another student, the Times-Dispatch reported. Osborn’s stepfather said he saw a child psychologist after the incident.

The 14-year-old’s family said they were “disappointed that the defendant will not serve active incarceration for the brutal attack,” prosecutor Erin Barr said.

“They do not believe justice has been served, share and care for the community of the safety and the future potential victims,” Barr said.

Osborn is required to register as a sex offender. His scholarship to the University of Mary Washington, was also withdrawn after his conviction.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

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