A 20-year-old New Yorker who pleaded guilty to the sexual abuse of four teenage girls is in disbelief going to see no jail sentence. The judge who led his case found this “inappropriate”.
Christopher Belter raped and sexually abused three 16-year-olds and a 15-year-old in his family home in Lewiston. The assaults occurred between February 2017 and August 2018, when Belter’s mother, stepfather, and a family friend helped care for the victims with alcohol and marijuana.
Niagara District Court Judge Matthew J. Murphy III sentenced Belter to eight years probation for his crimes. “I’ve been torturing myself … I’m not ashamed to say that I actually prayed for the appropriate phrase in this case. Because there was great pain. There was a lot of damage. Several crimes were committed in the case, ”Murphy said. Belter must register as a sex offender in addition to his probationary period.
Steven M. Cohen, a lawyer for one of the victims, said his client became physically ill after being sentenced. He does not believe that justice has been served in this case.
“If Chris Belter wasn’t a white defendant from a wealthy and influential family, in my experience he would certainly have been sentenced to prison,” Cohen said.
Belter is due to appear in court on December 2 for a hearing on the Sex Offender Registration Act. At this point it will be determined whether he is a level one, level two, or level three sex offender.