A poor girl who was locked in her family's basement for six years and sexually assaulted and starved nearly to death doesn't seem to be getting much vindication. While her father, stepbrother, and stepmother were all arrested and have stood trial, their sentences seem incredibly light. The father, Chad Chritton, received five years. So did the stepmother. And now the stepbrother, who was found guilty of going down to the basement and sexually assaulting his stepsister, only received three years! However, two more were tacked on for another girl he sexually assaulted. Incredible!
The girl, who remains unidentified, was kept in her family's basement for six years, and testified that she was regularly beaten, threatened, sexually assaulted, starved, and even made to eat her own feces. She finally escaped when she was 15 years old and was found running down the street in nothing but light pajamas, weighing only 68 pounds!
From the beginning, the family had lots of excuses for why they treated the girl this way. They say she was difficult and had emotional problems. Yeah, I would be too if I were kept in a basement!
The girl wasn't even sent to school. But despite the family trying to blame everything on the girl, she is now in a foster home, attending school, and doing fantastic. Huh, strange!
The girl's stepbrother, Joshua Drabek, apparently took advantage of a young girl being held hostage in the basement to sexually assault her.
Yet he too was full of excuses and reportedly begged the judge to show him leniency, saying he needed counseling, not prison, and blaming his family for the way he is. He told the judge:
I need counseling. I need someone to talk to. I need help ... (30 years) says, 'oh, yeah, you were a victim but we don't care.'
The judge agreed that his family life was marked by dysfunction and showed him leniency. Well, I guess he still gets more time in prison than the "Affluenza teen" did for his crime -- which was all caused by his family's dysfunction, of course!
Prosecutors argued that Drabek had a "pattern of sexual offenses unrivaled at his age" -- which included two other sexual assault charges besides the one with his stepsister -- but the judge still went light on him, given that he was in his teens at the time of the crimes.
You wonder what exactly this guy, now 20, is going to be like when he gets out of prison!
At least the girl is away from this horrible "family" and seems to be doing well. Their sentences may be over in five years, but she will carry hers forever. Hopefully, she will be able to overcome it.
Do you think these sentences were fair?
Image via Dane County Jail