A child predator was let off easy by a New York judge when he made a plea deal that allowed him to avoid prison time. Although 31-year-old Daniel Santiago was accused of groping an eleven-year-old female middle school student, he managed to get away without having to spend time behind bars. Instead, the judge went easy on the predator on Wednesday, sentencing him to ten years of probation after the teacher pleaded guilty to attempted sex abuse in the first degree.

Now, the parents of the eleven-year-old victim are furious. They wanted justice for what had happened to their little girl. Instead, the legal system allowed the child predator to get away without having to spend time behind bars. Santiago worked as a teacher at the Brooklyn Science and Engineering Academy in East Flatbush when he was accused of groping one of the students at the school.

Santiago was arrested for the incident in April 2019. He didn’t act just once. Instead, Santiago groped the student multiple times, obtained her phone number, and began sending inappropriate text messages to the young child. The victim’s parents are very upset with the legal system for failing to adequately punish the child predator after he confessed to groping the little girl multiple times.

In addition to his ten years of probation, Santiago was forced to surrender his teaching license. He also was required to register as a sex offender, which would allow other people to know that he is dangerous around children. He was also asked not to contact the young victim.

On Friday, the victim’s mother, who wished to remain anonymous to protect the child’s identity, told the Daily News that she was sorely disappointed that Santiago was not sent to prison for what he did to her little girl.

“I’m disappointed, and a little bit outraged that he’s not going to serve time. My daughter is also upset,” she told the Daily News.

The victim, who is now fourteen, is undergoing therapy due to the assault. Fortunately, the girl will not have to testify in court.

“It was going to be traumatizing for her to testify, to stand up to an adult in open court,” the victim’s mother said. “It’s already been really traumatic for her.”

Before the perpetrator was able to strike a deal, the Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez’s office said they spoke to the victim’s mother.

“While the mother’s sentiment in wishing for jail time is understandable in light of what this family has been through, this felony conviction was an agreed-upon disposition that spares the victim from testifying against her abuser in open court,” they said in a statement. “The defendant is now held accountable for his actions, must register as a sex offender, will have his teaching license revoked and be fired, and, finally, will be monitored on probation for a decade.”

One of his attacks on the little girl included him groping her chest during a class outing. They were on a bus full of students when he attacked her. On the return ride home, the pair touched each other’s genitals, according to court records.

Santiago’s sentencing is set for January 10, 2022.

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