Juvenile Gets Probation For Raping 3-year-old

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CLAY CENTER, Kan. (AP) _ A 16-year-old boy has been sentenced to three years probation for raping a 3-year-old girl.

District Judge Bill Malcolm sentenced Samuel Ratliff of Clifton to probation for his conviction on raping the 3-year-old. He was also convicted of attempting a sexual act. Malcolm also ordered Ratliff into counseling. The sentencing was last week.

County Attorney Rick James says he asked for Ratliff to be sentenced to one year in juvenile detention. James says three years of probation is more probation than what a juvenile typically gets. But he says rape is one of two crimes in Kansas considered so severe that the judge can sentence any amount of time.

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