Woman Escapes Jail for Repeated Rape of a Child
Colorado couple subjected victim to ongoing sexual abuse
A Colorado woman, who was found guilty of repeatedly raping a child with her boyfriend, has walked free from court after the judge ruled that the crime didn't warrant any jail time.
29-year-old Chelsea Vigorita, of Longmont, Colorado, was sentenced to eight years of probation — no prison time — for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl multiple times.
Vigorita and boyfriend Robert Rexroad were arrested last year on charges of sexual assault on a child, enticement of a child, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
However, Vigorita was able to plead guilty to “attempted sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and third-degree assault,” according to local news outlet the Times-Call.
"On Friday, Boulder District Judge Norma Sierra sentenced Vigorita to eight years of sex offender intensive supervised probation,” the outlet reported.
"Vigorita will have to register as a sex offender and complete sex offense-specific treatment, but she will be able to apply to have her probation terminated after five years if she completes the treatment."
Boulder District Attorney Michael Dougherty, however, insisted Vigorita’s punishment holds her “accountable” for her crime.
“It is because of the victim’s courage and the great work by law enforcement that this defendant received a felony conviction and is being held accountable for her role in this case,” Dougherty said in a statement, according to the Call.
Boulder Deputy District Attorney Michael Petrash, who prosecuted the case, said the victim “was on board with the plea.”
He also said that “Law enforcement did a terrific job investigating the case, which allowed us to secure this result without going to trial.”
Petrash had asked for some jail time for Vigorita.
However, Judge Sierra decided against it because of the so-called collateral effects and “who [Vigorita] is as an individual.”
Those “collateral effects,” according to Vigorita’s defense attorney April Coleman, were the loss of her housing and some friends.
Coleman also alleged that Vigorita was sexually assaulted after her arrest by someone who apparently mentioned the case.
The court failed to justify why such considerations would be made for someone who lost his home and friends after sexually assaulting a minor.
Robert Rexroad, who pleaded guilty to “contributing to the delinquency of a child” as part of the case, is scheduled to be sentenced on July 16.