Christopher Belter Jr. A “privileged” upstate New York prep schooler who admitted to raping four teenage girls in Lewiston, was sentenced to probation.
According to WKBW.com Judge Murphy explaining the decision said, “ “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.”
Christopher Belter Age
As of the time of the sentencing, he was 20 years old.
Christopher Belter Family
According to State Police, Christopher Belter’s mother, Tricia Vacanti, now 50; his stepfather, Gary E. Sullo, 56; and a family friend, Jessica M. Long, 42, supplied the girls with alcohol and marijuana during various parties and helped groom them for sexual assaults by Belter.
The cases against them are still pending and they have all pleaded not guilty. The 6,378-square-foot, five-bedroom, six-bathroom home, owned by Vacanti and Sullo, is located on Mountain View Drive. According to Trulia, it is worth $1.4 million. Belters Parents are both Lawyers.
According to Nytimes.com Mr Sullo is the chief executive of Tramec LLC, a privately held company that supplies parts for heavy-duty trucks and, according to Dun & Bradstreet, has annual sales of $110 million.
Mr Belter’s father, who is also named Christopher and is divorced from Mr Belter’s mother, is a senior partner at Goldberg Segalla, a large law firm where, according to The American Lawyer magazine, some partners earn up to $1 million a year. (He, Mr Belter’s mother and her current husband, Gary Sullo, are named as defendants in a lawsuit filed by M.M.’s family.)
Christopher Belter Education
Belter was a student at Canisius High School a private, Jesuit prep school in Buffalo, where he played rugby.
Christopher Belter Rape Accusation
In 2018, when Belter was 17, he was charged with first-degree rape, third-degree rape and sexual abuse involving multiple 15- and 16-year-old girls at his Lewiston home. According to the New York Times, It was August 2018, and the girl, identified in court filings as M.M., was at Mr Belter’s house to spend the night with his sister before going to Chicago the next day.
He asked her into his room, and then threw her onto the bed, pulled off her clothes and told her to stop being such a baby, according to court documents. At a hearing this summer, she described focusing her attention on the leaves of a plant in the room as the attack continued.
In 2019, Belter pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree sex abuse, third-degree attempted abuse and third-degree rape. He received a sentence of two years interim probation. If he successfully completed probation he would be granted Youthful Offender status.
His probation involved the following restrictions: Remain in Niagara County, Have employment or be a full-time student, Live with parents, No contact with anyone under 18, No internet unless given permission by probation, No overnight trips, No visiting locations where minors are present unless probation agrees, and Random polygraph and drug tests.
Christopher Belter Charges
Judge Murphy who will turn 70 decided that prison time would be “inappropriate”.I agonized — I’m not ashamed to say that I actually prayed over what is the appropriate sentence in this case. Because there was great pain. There was great harm — There were multiple crimes committed in the case,” Judge Murphy explained. “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.”
The judge issued a lengthy list of Belter, who now lives in the City of Lockport. He also had a stern warning about following the rules.
“It’s going to be like a sword hanging over your head for the next eight years,” Judge Murphy remarked.
Belter must also register as a sex offender. He returns to court on December 2 for a Sex Offender Registration Act hearing where it will be decided whether is a level one, two or three sex offender.
No jail time for 20-year-old Christopher Belter of Lewiston accused of rape and sexual abuse of multiply victims. Judge Murphy orders him to continue 8-years of probation. A victim in courtroom clearly upset by sentence. @WKBW
— eileen buckley (@eileenwkbw) November 16, 2021
“Through treatment and reflection, I’ve come to feel deep shame and regret my actions none of you deserved to be in this situation,” stated Belter. “I hope each of you could close that wound I gashed.”
Belter addressed the court before his sentencing for the rape and sexual assault of four teenage girls.
Christopher Belter reading from his notes in court.
“I know though, that a scar will remain that will serve as a reminder of the evil of that night,” Belter read from his notes.
“I am deeply, deeply disappointed. I expected a different outcome today,” declared Steve Cohen, attorney. “Justice was not done today.” “He is privileged. He comes from money. He is white. He was sentenced as an adult, appropriately — for an adult to get away with these crimes is unjust,” Cohen remarked.
Cohen noted how difficult it was for his client to hear Belter will not go to jail. He said at the courthouse that his client was “in the bathroom throwing up right now.”
In discussing M.M.’s statement, Judge Murphy noted how she had compared the damage done by Mr Belter to that caused by forest fires she had seen raging as she travelled across the country this past summer. The judge’s ruling included a verbatim portion of the statement.
“So I stand before you now asking you to not let this be the end, to not let this rapist walk away from two years’ probation with a clean slate,” he quoted her as saying. “I am asking you because you have the ability to save future girls. You have the ability to put this fire out or to let it continue burning.”
The young woman referred to as MM in court filings, said she felt sick to her stomach and shook with anger and disgust. “I completely broke down. It was as if I was being victimized all over again,” the woman, who asked to be identified as MM, told CBS News.