Oklahoma prosecutor resigns after plea deal in child rape case

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SULPHUR, Okla. (KAKE) -

An Oklahoma prosecutor has resigned over a plea deal that gave a man probation for raping a 13-year-old girl at a church camp.

Benjamin Lawrence Petty, 36 attacked the girl in 2016, while she was attending the Falls Creek church camp in Oklahoma, according to charging documents Investigators say Petty tied a rope around the girl's wrists, raped her and threatened to hurt her if she told anyone.

Petty was a cook for the camp at the time.

Petty was sentenced to 15 years' probation after pleading guilty to first-degree rape and other charges on January 19.

The Oklahoman newspaper reports that Murray County Assistant District Attorney David Pyle says a major factor in his decision not to insist on prison time was because Petty was legally blind. Pyle resigned on Wednesday. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
 

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