A 21-year-old man in Macon, Georgia, pleaded guilty on Monday to raping a 13-year-old girl, yet managed to avoid a prison sentence, reported The Telegraph.
Tremayne Octavious Driskell Jr — who was 19 at the time of the incident — was initially charged with rape and child molestation. Driskell accepted a plea bargain in which he would receive five years of probation and the molestation charges will be dismissed in exchange for him pleading guilty to statutory rape.
The incident occurred in 2016, when Driskell was visiting a home on New Clinton Road. During his visit, Driskell allegedly went into the 13-year-old girl’s bedroom and forced her to have sex. During the rape, Driskell told her “not to tell anyone because he didn’t want to go to jail,” according to an arrest warrant.
The unidentified girl didn’t report the rape until months later, prosecutor Dorothy Hull said.
Driskell, who would have presented conflicting evidence if the case had gone to trial, was 19 years old at the time, his attorney, Catherine Whitworth, said during the plea hearing in Bibb County Superior Court.
As part of the bargaining, Driskell’s attorney said he’d never been in trouble before the June 2016 arrest, and he had been making plans to enlist in the Army.
Driskell, sentenced as a first offender, also must pay a $500 fine and $500 in attorney’s fees.