20-year-old Mohamed Bakari Shei will spend 180 days in jail and up to 30 years of probation in relation to the rape of two minor girls in Rochester, New York.
Shei appeared in court for sentencing on Monday, where several family members talked about how Shei’s behavior affected them.
He was charged with three various felony first-degree criminal conduct charges in two different incidents. His plea deal involved no prison time, a stay of adjudication, and two out of three charges were dropped. If he finishes his probation with no problems, all charges will be dropped and won’t appear on his criminal record.
One of the minors in the case was close to 9 years old and the other minor was about 4 or 5 years old when the assaults happened.
“There’s no moving on or getting over it. I’ve tried,” one of Shei’s victim stated in court as she cried.
In April 2020, a minor had reported that Shei had raped her in 2018. Documents show that Shei told her that he would provide her with money for a book fair or purchase toys for her.
Another minor told detectives in June 2021 that Shei had sexually assaulted her several times at the same residence at around the same time.
Shei never admitted to detectives that he sexually assaulted the juvenile.
Shei was about 15 or 16 years old when the sexual assaults occurred, and in 2019, he had first been charged as a juvenile. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the matter was pushed back. The charges were dropped and then filed again.
In December 2022, Shei took an Alford plea which meant that he didn’t have to admit that he was guilty. Thus, he admits that a jury would find him guilty because of the evidence.
Shei’s sentence will begin on February 13, 2023. He will have to join a sex offender program and finish 200 hours of community service.
He won’t have to register as a sex offender.