Pedophile Who Raped 8-Year-Old, Blames Victim for Making Him 'Fall in Love'
Child molester blames young girl for viscous attacks, the judge disagrees
A pedophile has claimed that his 8-year-old victim was to blame for him raping her because she "made" him "fall in love at first sight," according to court records.
27-year-old Drew Bynum offered sheriff’s deputies the horrific excuse for his crimes after being arrested in June 2018.
He reportedly admitted that he’d "messed up," but claimed that the young child was at fault because he "fell in love with (the victim) the first time he saw her."
Bynum, who was living with the child’s mother when the abuse started, was jailed for 60 years last week after taking a plea deal in which rape charges were waived in return for an admission of second-degree sexual assault.
Bynum pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree sexual assault and accepted the maximum term of imprisonment -- 20 years -- possible for the offense under Arkansas law.
The plea agreement includes a provision that the three 20-year terms will run consecutively for a total 60-year sentence.
According to Metro, the child molester, of Texarkana, Arkansas, attacked the youngster between March and June 2018.
His abuse finally came to an end when she told her mother, who reported it to Miller County Sheriff’s Office in June.
During a subsequent interview, the youngster told investigators how she had endured several months of "painful" sex attacks at the hands of Bynum, according to the Texarkana Gazette.
According to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, prosecutors agreed to drop the rape charges against Bynum in the hope of sparing the child having to testify in court.
Bynum appeared with Assistant Public Defender Matt Stephens before Circuit Judge Carlton Jones in a courtroom at the Miller County jail complex Thursday morning.
Jones began the hearing by asking Stephens and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kristian Robertson about a report detailing the results of a recently completed mental evaluation.
The report deemed that Bynum was competent and fit to proceed.
He was handed 20 years for each of the three counts of second-degree sexual assaults he admitted, with those sentences running concurrently.
Bynum must register as a sex offender when he is released from the Arkansas Department of Correction in 2079.
In addition, he was ordered to pay costs and fees.