The former REAL School student accused of raping another student in the boiler room accepted a plea deal that carries a stint and jail and a year of probation.
Talon J. Mascaretti, 19, was charged in March 2014 with first degree sexual assault of a child, false imprisonment, two counts of felony intimidation of a victim, and child enticement. Conviction carried a sentence of up to 111 years in prison and/or fines up to $160,000.
The girl at the center of the case was 15 at the time, and she maintains that Mascaretti sexually assaulted her, a story in The Journal Times reads.
On July 14 Mascaretti accepted a plea deal for felony bail jumping because he smoked marijuana while he was out of jail on bond and a lesser charge of misdemeanor battery. He was sentenced Friday to 30 days in jail, a year of probation and $1,000 in fines, the story continues.
According to the criminal complaint, the girl told her mother and a friend that Mascaretti assaulted her in the boiler room across from the women’s bathroom on the first floor of the school. The girl told the police that she saw Mascaretti outside of the bathroom. He approached her and told her that he had taken a “bunch of Xanax pills” and asked her if she wanted one. The girl told him no and he told her that he had also smoked marijuana.
Mascaretti also allegedly called the girl the next morning and threatened to kill her.
In court Friday, though, both the prosecution and the judge referred to the lack of evidence in being able to discern the truth.
“They went into the boiler room together and were alone for some period of time. Only two people know what happened,” Racine County Circuit Court Judge John Jude is quoted as saying.
Jude said the sentence he imposed was because the girl was injured after Mascaretti held the girl’s hands and pulled and pushed her.
The newspaper also reported that defense Attorney Mark Nielsen noted that Mascaretti plead no contest to “shoving the girl” and causing her to fall.
Love what we do?
In addition to our education features, we’ll be kicking off a series of stories highlighting how parents, students, and educators are adapting to the impact of COVID-19 on education. If this is important to you, please consider donating to our education reporting fund. https://business.facebook.com/donate/1846323118855149/3262802717172659/