- An online petition has been set up to protest the suspended sentence of a child rapist
- The criminal will only spend 43 days in jail
- Outraged people are also asking for the judge’s impeachment
The suspended sentence of a child rapist has provoked a huge social media backlash, with outraged people condemning the extremely lenient sentence.
40-year-old Martin Joseph Blake, who admitted to raping his 12-year-old daughter, was sentenced to 30 years in prison at Montana's Valley County District Court. However, Judge John C. McKeon decided instead to order Blake to 60 days in jail, minus the 17 days he had already been incarcerated, and to register as a sex offender.
The original request was for a 100-year sentence, with 75 years suspended, for three rape charges. This petition was changed to 30 years, after the multiple rape charges were changes to only one, when Blake admitted his crime.
The judge expressed he decided to give this sentence, because of the support that came from Blake’s family, friends, his church, as well as from his employer.
Casey Moore, who was the case’s public defender, maintained that a community-based treatment program would be beneficial for Blake, and that the man was remorseful and cooperative at all times during the trial. He was also cited as very low-risk for repeat offences.
The public has not been that agreeable with the whole case, and an online petition was set up to protest Blake’s sentencing. The petition is also going against Judge McKeon, and asks for his impeachment. "It is time to start punishing the judges who let these monsters walk our streets”, the request has stated.
The online petition, which was posted through the change.org platform, has already collected over twelve thousand signatures.