Because imo, this is a case that screams being charged as an adult and put in a cell and throw away the key. Pathetic!
15 Year Old Leader Of Gang Rape Of An 8 Year Old Girl Only Receives Probation Hip-Hop Wired
15 Year Old Leader Of Gang Rape Of An 8 Year Old Girl Only Receives Probation
Steven Tuopeh, the 15-year old accussed of leading the gang rape of an 8-year old and plead guilty was sentenced to probation.
Tuopeh was also sent to a secure treatment center for at least a year by Maricopa County Juvenile Court Judge Samuel Thumma for last summer's assault in Phoenix, Arizaona.
The 14 year old at the time Tuopeh was originally charged as an adult but later sent to juvenile court where he pleaded guilty to sexual assault, kidnapping, three counts of sexual conduct with a minor and one count of attempted sexual conduct with a minor.
Unless a judge rules otherwise, he will remain on probation until he is 18. If he had been convicted in adult court, he could have been sentences up to 21 years in prison.
As Hip-Hop Wired previously reported, Phoenix police believe the two 10-year-olds and a 13-and 14-year-old boy lured the girl to a storage shed and raped her on July 16. The case gained national attention after it was reported that the girl's father was ashamed of her and did not want her returned home.