A 10-year-old New Mexico girl was raped repeatedly by a distant relative, a boy now 18. Alfredo Stevens, convicted last week of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13, can be incarcerated for only two years in a juvenile facility, says the Albuquerque Tribune. Stevens will not have to register as a sex offender, and he could be released into a community rehabilitation program as soon as June 10. Had he been convicted of more serious charges, he could have faced 108 years in an adult prison.
Stevens’ attorney said his client shouldn’t be facing prison time at all. “Her exam came back normal,” he said. “The girl’s a virgin.” Bernalillo County, N.M., received 72 referrals for sexual crimes alleged to have been committed by juveniles in 1996, the latest year for which numbers are available. Eighty percent of all child sex offenders nationally were granted probation. Of those, 89 percent were ordered to undergo treatment.