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Cop Pleads Guilty for Repeatedly Raping a Child, Gets NO JAIL, Will NOT Register as Sex Offender

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Shelby County, TN — In the ostensible land of the free, one would think that crimes against children would be the ones prosecutors would go after the harshest. Preying on society’s most vulnerable takes an especially vile person who does not deserve to roam free among the population. One would also think, in the ostensible land of the free, that if the ones who claim to protect us from these vile individuals — become the predators — that they would face even harsher prosecution because of the trust they betrayed. Unfortunately, as the following case out of Tennessee illustrates, this is often not the case.

Brian O. Beck, 47, formerly of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee was suspended without pay in June 2018 after allegations came to light that he repeatedly raped a 14-year-old child beginning in 2016 and lasting for over 20 months. He was subsequently charged with two counts of rape by force or coercion and two counts of sexual battery by an authority figure.

For years, his victim sought justice. Last year, after becoming frustrated, her father spoke out about the lack of trial as his daughter’s alleged rapist remained free.

“It’s five years,” said the victim’s father, speaking anonymously to Action 5 News. “I mean, she needs closure.”

“I mean, there are damages, you know, major damages and unhappiness,” the father said. “She just needs some closure. She just needs to see movement of the ball, that’s what she needs to see.”

It would take 8 more months for the family to find out that Beck would take a plea deal and avoid a trial all together — giving her no such closure.

Beck would have been facing up to 90 years in prison had he been convicted of the four counts upon which he was initially indicted by the grand jury. But without a trial, he cannot be found guilty.

Instead of facing the consequences for the aforementioned charges on which he was originally indicted, Beck was allowed to plea down to a single misdemeanor assault charge and was sentenced to four years in prison, all of which were suspended.

Beck will also not have to register as a sex offender, according to the court.

The court’s reasoning for the deal, per the document obtained by Law & Crime, was that “the defendant is not likely again to engage in a criminal course of conduct…to the satisfaction of the Court.” As such, it was decided that “the ends of justice and the welfare of society do not require that the Defendant shall presently suffer the penalty imposed by law by incarceration.”

In other words, a judge, prosecutors, and the court let a child rapist walk out of their courtroom without any accountability. This is called “justice” in the land of the free.

Tragically, as the Free Thought Project reports on a regular basis, police sexual misconduct like this is not rare. Hundreds of officers are accused and prosecuted every year with many of them receiving slaps on the wrist. Beck’s case highlights the fact that even when cops horribly abuse children, they often get off with no jail.

In December, we reported on a similar case involving Byrnes Mill officer Ryan Shomaker.

Shomaker, 48, admitted to the abuse and pleaded guilty to second-degree sodomy, not once, but twice. On Dec 2 in Jefferson County, and on Nov. 22 in St. Louis County, Shomaker admitted to the crimes against this boy.

In Jefferson County, Shomaker was charged with first-degree statutory sodomy, an unclassified felony punishable by five years to life in prison, and in St. Louis County he was charged with two counts of sodomy. However, he was allowed to plea down to one count each of second-degree sodomy.

As the Leader reports, on Dec. 2, Jefferson County Div. 5 Circuit Judge Victor Melenbrink sentenced Shomaker to seven years in prison in the Jefferson County case, and St. Louis County Circuit Judge Joseph Dueker sentenced Shomaker to seven years in the St. Louis County case.

Despite these sentences, after the fact, Shomaker’s sentences were both suspended and this child rapist was given just 5 years probation.

Shomaker’s attorney called the lack of jail for the child rapist, “a fair outcome.”

Also, last September, TFTP reported on a similar travesty of justice when Benjamin Reinhart, a disgraced officer with Genesee County was “sentenced” as part of a plea deal, to just five years of probation. The Genesee Human Oppression Strike Team, or GHOST, caught the officer in April attempting to lure a child for sex. He was on duty at the time. He didn’t even have to register as a public sex offender.


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Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Minds.