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Fmr. SU Student Gets 18 Months For Rape, State Asked For 20 Years

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SALISBURY, Md. - A Wicomico County judge sentenced a Salisbury University student for a 2013 rape conviction.

The 21-year-old will be spending 18 months behind bars, even as the state asked for 20 years.

Arraheem Dedmon is calling the Wicomico County Detention Center home for possibly the next year-and-a-half after he was found guilty of assaulting a fellow classmate last August.

But is his sentence too light?

The Wicomico County state's attorney's office wouldn't comment on that but they were looking for a much tougher sentence.
     
Senior assistant state's attorney Kristen Schultz asked for 20 years. According to courts records, the victim went back to Dedmon's off-campus home to watch TV and sleep after drinking. She supposedly told him they weren't having sex that night but the woman says she woke up without her shorts and underwear. Dedmon later told her they had sex.

"She was mentally incapacitated at the time that he had rape her, so she had no ability to consent or fight back," said Schultz.

Before sentencing, a letter written by the victim was read to the judge.

"Although it has been almost a year since this has happened, it's something that I think about everyday. Every time I walk into a room, go out or am around a male, I imagine everything harmful that could happen to me," wrote the victim. "I'm very paranoid now and for months I was afraid to go anywhere alone; especially at night.

"My first semester at Salisbury went from the greatest time of my life to a time I no longer knew if I'd survive. My GPA significantly lowered and many nights I considered dropping out. I don't enjoy meeting new people, I now instead would rather avoid it. I feel as though putting trust into someone new I meet will get me into the same predicament as before.

"It's also hard for me to date, because I'm constantly in fear. I'm terrified of falling asleep around other people because I'm too busy thinking about all of the horrific events I could wake up to. The impact that moment has had on my life is a significant one, which will always bother me. For once in my life I'm struggling with gaining control back because of something someone else has done to me.

"All of my life, I've always heard the many stories of women being raped, but nothing compares to the feeling of being that woman."

The maximum sentence for 2nd degree rape is 20 years with no required minimum. Dedmon was sentenced to 10 years with all but will only spend 18 months in jail.

47 ABC reached out to the university for comment on Dedmon's current status.

The follow statement was provided:

"Salisbury University takes any allegations or charges of sexual assault very, very seriously.  Although student privacy laws prevent the University from talking in detail about a particular case, we can say that in situations like this, a student charged with an off-campus sexual assault would be subject to the campus judicial process in addition to the criminal court system.  Any student victim would be offered counseling and support.  The final outcome for the alleged perpetrator could be as severe as permanent expulsion from the University.

"Regarding Arraheem Dedmon, he is no longer a student here."

Schultz says the state will not appeal the sentence.

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