I originally posted about Richard Sabatasse here and here. He was the Pennsylvania man who was accused of kidnapping and raping a 14-year-old girl that he met on MySpace. His basic defense was that the girl said she was 19 and he really pushed that defense.
That was until this past Monday where he pleaded no contest to charges of involuntary deviate intercourse, statutory sexual assault and furnishing liquor to minors. Pleading no contest isn’t pleading guilty. It means that you know that prosecutors have a strong enough case to convict you. As part of the plea deal *spit* prosecutors dropped charges of kidnapping and false imprisonment.
No word on what his sentence could be but he is scheduled to be sentenced this coming Monday.
According to previous reports Sabatasse allegedly held the girl against her will, took her to a bar in West Virginia and even took her cell phone so she couldn’t contact anyone when she wanted to go home. This creep should have been looking at a life sentence for kidnapping a minor and crossing state lines. Now he’ll probably get some form of laughable sentence.
UPDATE 6/23/2011: I was right. He only got 5 to 10.
MySpace Kidnapping Suspect Back In Court:
I originally posted about Richard Sabatasse here. He’s accused of kidnapping and raping a 14-year-old girl that he met on MySpace.
As I mentioned in the previous post he’s trying the ‘she said she was 19’ defense and he is really trying to sell this defense even to the media.
“If we look at the situation, her MySpace said she was 19-years-old, she had an [identification card] to get into the night club.
Allegedly Sabatasse picked the girl up from school. Since the girl is 14 he must have picked her up from a middle school or at best a high school. Either of which should have been a tip-off that the girl was probably not 19.
Let’s not also forget that Sabatasse is still awaiting sentencing on charges of corruption of minors, indecent assaults and lewdness.
He’s either a predator or the stupidest man alive. I would lean towards predator.
Girl Says MySpace Friendship Led To Kidnapping, Rape:
Police in Western Pennsylvania say that 26-year-old Richard Sabatasse of Pittsburgh kidnapped and raped a 14-year-old girl that he met on MySpace.
He is currently being charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, interference with the custody of a minor, and rape.
Sabatasse is said to have picked the girl up from school and took her back to his place not to mention taking her to a bar and West Virgina. The girl claims that she asked to go home several times but Sabatasse refused and even went as far to taking the girl’s cell phone.
Sabatasse is already awaiting sentencing on charges of corruption of minors, indecent assaults and lewdness charges.
He allegedly kept the girl captive from Friday to Sunday.
Again another offender who went on to re-offend.
He is currently on the run but is expected to turn himself in. Police may not want to hold their breath on that one.