Andrew Glasser is a 33-year-old man from North Dakota who is a convicted pedophile, accused of raping a 3-month-old baby and breaking her ribs during the assault.
Glasser entered a plea deal known as the Alford plea with authorities, and he was sentenced to only four years in prison. The plea is not an admission of guilt by the accused, but it is an agreement that evidence found against him would produce a guilty verdict.
The Alford plea is treated as a guilty plea by courts in the state.
This case dates back to October 2017, when the baby was taken to a hospital with a number of injuries and it was concluded that it suffered rib fractures due to squeezing and trauma injuries to several parts of her body.
Metro reports that it remains unclear how Glasser is related to the baby, but when doctors asked him about the injuries, he gave answers that were not at all convincing. He said that he accidentally hurt the child when he pushed her legs to her stomach, and he said that he did this to ‘relieve gas’. The hospital soon contacted the police, and the police soon got the truth from Glasser. However, even though Glasser inflicted ‘a significant injury’ to the baby, he was sentenced to just four years in prison. Investigators also noted that he had formatted his cellphone in order to reset it so that all possible evidence would be wiped out.
Forensic experts who examined Glasser’s phone found out that he had been downloading child pornography intentionally for a long time, and when all the evidence was stacked against him, he finally pleaded guilty to various charges. They include abusing the 3-month-old, tampering with evidence, and 10 other counts related to the possession of child pornography.
A presentence investigation was also ordered.
Judge David Reich from the South Central District, who heard the case, was told by the prosecution that three doctors concluded that the injury on the baby was a “penetrating wound”, and that Glasser raped and injured the infant.
Robert Bolinske, the defense attorney, asked for leniency in sentencing due to Glasser’s no past records of crime, and he advocated that Glasser get probation and no prison on account of the same. Glasser, though, will still have to register as an offender against children and a sex offender.
Judge Reich, though, said that he would have to incarcerate Glasser or else he would be failing in his duty.
Glasser was sentenced to “10 years in prison with four years suspended for a period of five years on supervised probation on the most serious charge”, according to the report.