In 2019, the defendant, who is now 20, pleaded guilty to abusing teenage girls during parties organized at his parent’s house when he was 17 or 18. Later, felony charges were filed against him on an account of first-degree sexual assault, two counts of second-degree sexual assault, and one count of third-degree rape – as per the court filings.
The New York Times tweeted:
The charges roots from four different occasions in 2017 and 2018, New York according to the court documents and states that both, the defendant and the victims were 18 at that time.
According to the document, Belter was put on two years of interim probation that limited his internet usage and access to adult content after getting charged.
Belter violated his probation terms which removed him from Youthful Offender status and led him to be sentenced as an adult – Judge Matthew J. Murphy.
However, last Tuesday, the New York judge issued eight years of probation sentence and ruled that the defendant must be filed as a sex offender and said, “prison time would be inappropriate for him.”
“I agonized. I’m not ashamed that to say that I actually prayed over the appropriate sentence in this case because there was great pain. There was great harm. There were multiple crimes committed in the case,” said the judge. “It seems to me that a sentence that involves incarceration or partial incarceration isn’t appropriate, so I am going to sentence you to probation.” He also released an order of protection on the first charge.
Without elaborating on why he prevented Belter from prison time, Murphy said to the defendant in the courtroom that the “probation sentence would be like a sword hanging over your head for the next eight years.”
After the court trial, one of the victim’s attorneys said to the reporters, “Justice was not done here.” He further revealed to the news outlets that her client and other victims were “deeply disappointed” in the judge’s decision during the court trial. “My client threw up in the ladies’ room following the sentencing,” he said. “If Chris Belter was not a White defendant from a rich and influential family, in my experience … he would surely have been sentenced to prison.”