A 35-year-old former school bus driver won’t serve time in jail after pleading guilty to raping a 15-year-old student in Hamilton County, Tenn.
On Thursday, Judge Barry Steelman accepted Alexander Rodriquez’s plea deal for aggravated statutory rape, which included a four-year suspended sentence, though he questioned why prosecutors didn’t want to put the man behind bars. “We did point out that [Rodriquez] had already served 100 days,” his defense lawyer tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press, adding there were “credibility issues” with the victim.
Rodriquez will now be placed on supervised sex offender probation for 10 years and must wear a GPS monitor. But the victim’s father — who’s suing Rodriquez and the Hamilton County Board of Education for $10 million, per the Free Press — says it’s not enough.
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SOURCE: USA Today; Newser, Arden Dier