Can being a criminal run in the family? Whether it is the result of biology or upbringing, children who grow up around criminal behavior have a better chance of becoming criminals themselves. But, still this case is shocking. A 14-year-old boy accused of raping an 8-year-old girl is the younger brother of a 15-year-old boy who was found guilty of raping two teens. Chrisean Cressel is now serving 20 years to life in prison and his younger brother, whose name hasn't been released, now stands accused of the same type crime, possibly made even more shocking because of the young age of the victim.
The 14-year-old, who was a friend of the 8-year-old's brother, allegedly lured the victim into the woods by saying he wanted to "show her a surprise," hit her over the head, and raped her. The prosecutor said that the level of aggression shown by the young teen towards the young girl was "definitely outside of the norm." The teen may have been beat the young girl unconscious.
The boy is 14, but built like an adult. He is 6 feet tall and weighs 230 pounds.
It was only a couple of years ago that the boy's older brother raped two teen girls in consecutive nights by following them from bus stops and threatening to kill them. The prosecutor in that case said, "It is extremely rare to see an offender this young become a predatory serial rapist."
Both so young when these children, for that is what they still are essentially, started their horrific and violent behavior towards women. There is little word about how they grew up. Did they witness violence in the home? Were they raised together? Where are their parents?
If the boys grew up together, you have to wonder how much the younger boy watched his older brother, how he behaved, what he did, and how much he learned from him.
You also have to wonder if the boys' DNA plays a role in how they are.
Do you think being a criminal can run in the family?
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