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Lyle Burgess 79-Year-Old Man Gets 90 Days House Arrest for Rape of 5-Year-Old Girl

A man in California was sentenced to just 90 days of house arrest and five years of probation after pleading no contest to statutory rape of a 5-year-old girl.

According to KTXL, 79-year-old Lyle Burgess does not have to register as a sex offender.

“The girl is not doing good,” family attorney Ken Meleyco said of the girl, who is now 7. “She’s showing all the symptoms of somebody who’s been molested. She’s in counseling, and she’s gonna be in counseling all her life.”

KTXL said Burgess founded Rare Parts Inc., an automotive parts manufacturer and distributor.

“He’s obviously very wealthy and it’s just an example of how the wealthy people, time and time again, escape the penalty for what they did,” Meleyco said.

Meleyco said Burgess was a friend of the girl’s family and the assault happened after the family was invited over to a cabin owned by Burgess.

“They trusted this man, he was a family friend, and he took advantage of them,” Meleyco said.

The girl and her family has filed a civil suit against Burgess.

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