Tell us, why is it that when a police officer is convicted of a sex crime, in many cases, they get a small sentence compared to the average citizen, as in this case?
By Ashley Saari
KEENE - A former Rindge police officer and ConVal High School employee was sentenced to a year in jail today after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a 15-year old girl.
John Vargas-Cifrino, 35, of Harrisville will serve a 12-month sentence for the charge of misdemeanor sexual assault. Another 12-month sentence for a second misdemeanor sexual assault charge has been suspended for three years, pending good behavior. Vargas-Cifrino pled guilty to both charges today (March 26) in Cheshire County Superior Court in Keene, as part of a plea deal in which the charges were reduced from one felony count of attempted aggravated felonious sexual assault and two counts of misdemeanor sexual assault to just two misdemeanors.
Although Vargas-Cifrino’s attorney Adam Cook requested a shorter incarceration time, Judge James Peale went with the state’s recommendation of a full year of jail time.
“I think from my standpoint with a child victim, a sentence anything less than what the state has recommended would not be appropriate,” Peale said.