Oklahoma teen gets probation for raping three boys at group home and trying to assault another
An Oklahoma teen accused of raping three other boys and attempting to assault a fourth will avoid prison as part of a plea agreement.
Cato James Mashburn pleaded no contest Monday to four counts of first-degree rape and attempted first-degree rape and given lengthy but suspended sentences and place on probation, reported The Ada News.
The 17-year-old, who case was bound over to adult court last year, was sentenced to 25 years on three of the rape charges and 20 years on the fourth, in addition to 22.5 years for attempted rape — but all of those sentences were suspended.
Mashburn must complete a youthful offender program with sex offender treatment while he remains in custody of juvenile affairs, and then he will be released on two years of supervised probation.
He will then be placed on unsupervised probation for the remainder of the 25-year sentence.
Mashburn, then 16, was arrested last year after a 14-year-old boy accused him in June 2015 of attempting to sexually assault him at the Cypress Group Home.
The victim said Mashburn inappropriately touched him, and the boy ran away fearful that the older teen would punch or knock him out.
Investigators found three other teens who accused Mashburn of raping them at the group home between fall 2014 and June 2015.
Police responded to dozens of calls at the Cypress Group Home, which closed this summer, since it opened in June 2014.
A 14-year-old girl who lived at the facility was charged in December 2014 with raping another female resident and sentenced in June to a 15-year suspended prison term.
Adriana Wilson, now 17, is currently being held at a juvenile facility, but she will be released, like Mashburn, when she is 18 years old and placed on probation.