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Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced to Life in Prison for Child Rape

26-Jun-2015

Late last May, a Tulsa mother awoke to the sounds of her 5-year-old daughter crying and discovered the unthinkable: a stranger had entered the family home and was raping the child. The man fled the home, but police acting on a tip arrested a suspect the next day.

A woman who saw the story of the child's rape and the assailant's description on the news called police to report that a convicted sex offender named Kyle Hancock lived near the scene of the attack. She gave them the address, and police found the suspect with two other people. One of the witnesses with Hancock testified that the suspect confessed to him, saying, "I have a demon in me." (Interestingly, these are the same words Matthew Durham, convicted of sexually assaulting seven children at a Kenyan orphanage, used when he was accused.)

Hancock was arrested and charged with first degree rape of a child under 14, first degree burglary, failure to register as a sex offender, knowingly concealing stolen property, and lewd molestation. We first wrote of the story here

Prior to his arrest in connection with the rape of the Tulsa child, Hancock was serving a 3-year suspended sentence for a 2012 conviction of lewd or indecent proposals or acts to a child under 16. When he was found in violation of his probation, district attorneys filed a motion to revoke his suspended sentence. He was wanted on outstanding warrants in Okmulgee and Creek counties at the time of his arrest.

Initially, Hancock pleaded not guilty to the first degree rape charge and associated charges against him. His case was set for trial in May; however, at that time, he changed his plea from not guilty to guilty.

Yesterday, Tulsa County District Jude Caroline Wall sentenced Hancock to life in prison without parole. 

When people think of sex offenders and child predators, they often think of people like Kyle Hancock. However, acts of child rape committed in this manner are rare. Most sex offenders are not repeat offenders, contrary to popular belief. In fact, the recidivism rate for people convicted of sex crimes is low in comparison with those convicted for other offenses. Additionally, stranger rape is rare. Most people, including children who are sexually abused, are assaulted by someone they know. In the case of children, it is frequently a family member or close family friend. Finally, breaking into a home to rape a child is virtually unheard of. In many cases, child sexual assault is a crime of opportunity.

Regardless of whether or not cases like this are rare, they do occur. Hancock's sentence will insure that he is not able to harm another child again.



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