46-year-old man seeks youthful offender status in rape case

Alabama
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(AP) – A middle-aged man charged with raping a child almost 30 years ago is asking a judge to treat him as a youthful offender.

 
WALA-TV reports a defense attorney is making the request in Mobile County on behalf of Timothy Lee Robinson.
 
Robinson was arrested earlier this month on charges of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl in 1989. Court records show he’s 46 years old, but the defense says he was 17 then.
 
Robinson’s lawyer is citing his client’s age at the time of the alleged assault in asking a court to grant him youthful offender status. If approved, that would limit any time Robinson must spend in jail and seal court records on his case.
 
The district attorney’s office says it will oppose the request.

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