Judge denies request to review contentious sex assault case

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Posted: Aug 30, 2016 7:51 AM

BOSTON (AP) — The top district court judge in Massachusetts has denied a request to review a sexual assault case in which a former high school sports star received a sentence that some think is too lenient.

Eighteen-year-old David Becker was sentenced to two years' probation earlier this month after pleading guilty to indecent assault and battery on two former classmates at East Longmeadow High School.

The sentence drew a national outcry and a call for the judge to be fired.

Chief Justice of the District Court Paul Dawley wrote that "the procedures followed in this case were lawful."

The review was requested by Michael Albano, a member of the Governor's Council and former Springfield mayor. He tells The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/2bySo1d ) he's researching whether the case can be reviewed through another avenue.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com