North Dakota man who raped 3-month-old girl, fractured her ribs by squeezing her sentenced to four years
BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA: A man who was accused of abusing and raping a three-month-old girl has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Andrew Glasser of Bismarck, North Dakota, has been sentenced to four years in prison for causing “significant injury” to a three-month-old girl who he assaulted and raped. The 33-year-old was charged in October 2017.
According to the court documents, the baby was rushed to a hospital in October 2017 with signs of sexual abuse, rib fractures caused by squeezing and injuries to her femur, tibia, and fibula on a leg, which were in different stages of healing.
Glasser tried defending himself by saying the injuries were caused when he pushed the baby’s legs against her stomach to “relieve gas”. The doctors refused to believe him and contacted the police.
Glasser couldn’t come up with an explanation for the injuries caused by the sexual assault, Bismarck Tribune reported.
After the 33-year-old was taken into custody, the police discovered that he had reset his phone’s settings to wipe away his internet search history. However forensic analysis revealed that he had downloaded several child sex abuse images.
Glasser’s lawyer Robert Bolinske told the court that Glasser’s life was “over as he knows it," according to Metro.
Glasser then apologized to his victims and entered into an Alford plea to his sexual assault charges. Alford plea means that Glasser doesn’t plead guilty to the court, but agrees that there is enough evidence for his conviction.
Judge David Reich said that he found the case “troubling” and pointed out, “I keep coming back to the victim. This is a very young, helpless victim.”
He then sentenced Glasser to four years in prison.