CA--Victims appalled by child rapist’s light sentence

For immediate release May 27, 2018

Statement by: Melanie Jula Sakoda, Volunteer East Bay Leader for SNAP, the Survivors Network, 925-708-6175, [email protected]

A convicted California child rapist has been sentenced to just 90 days of house arrest and five years of probation. According to the news report, Lyle Burgess will not even be required to register as a sex offender.

We are deeply disturbed by this all too lenient sentence. A child has been given a life sentence. Other children may well be at risk by the decision to forgo sex offender registration. We call on the court and prosecutors to explain publicly why a man who raped a five year old girl has received punishment more appropriate for a purse snatcher than a child molester.

This, like the light sentence awarded to rapist Brock Turner by Judge Aaron Persky, shows the need to educate those who are part of the legal system on the long term effects of sexual assault. These heinous crimes deserve consistent, appropriate sentencing. 

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world's oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 25,000 supporters. Our website is

Contact  -  Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175, [email protected]), Tim Lennon (415-312-5820,[email protected]); Becky Ianni (703-801-6044,[email protected])

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