Okla. man gets 15 years probation for guilty plea in church camp rape case

SULPHUR, Okla. (KXII) -- An Oklahoma man who pleaded guilty to brutally raping a 13-year-old girl at a church camp in Falls Creek was given 15 years probation in a plea deal.

Assistant District Attorney David Pyle said Benjamin Petty, 36, was given a suspended sentence instead of jail time in a plea deal reached earlier this month.

Pyle said the deal was approved by the victim's family because they didn't want the girl to have to keep testifying about what happened that day back in the summer of 2016.

According to court documents, Petty tied a rope around the girl's wrist and told her he would hurt her if she told anyone about the incident.

Petty is also legally blind -- something Pyle said said a major factor in his decision to not insist on prison time, according to The Oklahoman.

It's a punishment not sitting well with people in Murray County near the camp.

"It doesn't make any sense to me," Fred Walden said. "15 years is a long time, but the girl is going to live it forever no matter what. "

Said Don Stacy: "I think there should be more, if you are going to take advantage of a 13-year-old girl probation is not enough.".

Pyle said Petty was working for a church in Midwest City and was sent to the camp to help as a cook.

The family of the girl has filed a civil lawsuit against that church, the church she attended in Texas and the Baptist group that runs the camp.

"That' d be scary walking down the street, wondering if the guy is looking at you or in a car behind you," Walden said. "(It) just doesn't make sense."

Pyle says Petty will have to wear an ankle monitor for two years and register as a sex offender.



 
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