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Judge Matthew Murphy who acquitted a rapist says the decision came through ‘prayer’

Judge Matthew Murphy who acquitted a rapist says the decision came through 'prayer'
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Judge Matthew Murphy who acquitted a rapist says the decision came through ‘prayer’.

Christopher Belter, a New York man was sentenced to eight years of probation after pleading guilty to rape and sex abuse in 2019. “I’ve come to feel tremendous guilt and sorrow for my conduct as a result of treatment and introspection.” When Christopher Belter addressed the court on Wednesday, he said, “None of you deserved to be in this circumstance.”

Belter, who was sentenced 8 years of probation for the rape and sexual abuse of four underage females, talked before his sentencing. “I am certain, though, that a scar will remain as a memory of the horrors of that night,” he stated.

When Niagara County Court Judge Matthew Murphy handed down his terms of probation, some of his victims were present in the courtroom. Belter will not spend a single day in prison for the offenses committed at his family’s Lewiston home from 2017 to 2018.

Belter was sentenced as an adult. Murphy denied him juvenile offender status after he broke his probation by viewing pornography on his computer without using monitoring software. On the other hand, Murphy stated that he had concluded that prison time would be improper.

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Christopher Belter, a New York man was sentenced to eight years of probation after pleading guilty to rape and sex abuse in 2019
Christopher Belter, a New York man was sentenced to eight years of probation after pleading guilty to rape and sex abuse in 2019

“I was in agony. I’m not ashamed to admit that I prayed about the proper sentencing in this instance because there was so much suffering, “according to the judge Murphy. “There was a lot of damages. In this case, several offenses were committed.” One of the victims’ attorneys, Steve Cohen, is shocked at the sentencing. Belter’s previous probation was allegedly violated with no penalties, according to Cohen.

“He is fortunate. He hails from a wealthy family. He is a white man. He’ll be punished as an adult, which is proper “Cohen said. “It’s also unfair for an adult to get away with these actions without facing jail time.” When the punishment was given, his client was visibly distraught and in tears. “I suppose she’s vomiting right now in the restroom.” Cohen said, “Excuse me.”

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During the sentence, prosecutor Peter Wydysh informed the court that referring to the attack location as a “party house” was a disservice to all of the victims. “It wasn’t a party house case judge; it was a sexual assault house,” Wydysh explained. “That’s what occurred there,” he added. That is something we must not overlook.”

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Belter must adhere to a lengthy set of probation terms, which the judge compares to a sword hanging over his head. Belter must also file a sex offender report. He’ll be back in court on Dec. 2nd for a hearing under the Sexual Offender Registration Act.It will be decided if he is a Level one, two, or three sex offender at this point.

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