Basinger Sentenced to 116 Months in Prison
David Basinger will serve nearly the next 10 years of his life in prison, but the family of his victim says that is not nearly enough.
Basinger, 38, was sentenced Thursday in Pine County Court to 116 months in prison for two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct. Judge Krista Martin sentenced him to the maximum 58-months for both charges.
“You are a danger to our community,” said Martin.
Basinger accepted a plea deal that dropped 20 charges that were originally filed, including possession of child pornography.
Prosectuting attorney Michelle Skubitz said in court that the plea deal was done in part to keep the victim from having to take the witness stand and relive the experience during testimony.
Basinger pleaded guilty to penetrating the girl with his body and objects such as a gun. The minor girl told investigators that Basinger was helping her get into modeling and the relationship turned sexual in the spring of 2007 when she was 13-years-old.
The girl’s mother spoke to the court on Thursday. She read a statement, requesting a harsher penalty be place on Basinger. “Where is the justice for my daughter,” she said. “The brainwashing he has done to my daughter will take years to correct.”
A Victim Advocate also spoke. She read a statement written by the teenage victim. “I live in fear,” the statement read. “I am now affraid of everything.”
Skubitz and the victim’s mother both said they do not believe Basinger is truly sorry for his actions.
“He simply doesn’t know reality,” said Skubitz. “He is dangerous.”
Basinger responded, “I do understand what I did was a bad thing, and I do take responsibility for my actions.”
However, Judge Martin was less convinced.
“You placed the blame on the victim, repeatedly,” she said. “You showed a complete lack of remorse and responsibility. It was shocking.”
Martin described Basinger’s conduct as criminal and deviant. She said even with the severity of the case, she could not grant the request of the victims family to increase the sentence.
“I have a constitutional obligation to sentence to sentence within the guidelines,” said Martin. “I believe the plea agreement was appropriate or I never would have accepted it.”
Martin also praised the victim for her “eloquent” statement. She told the girl, “You deserve to have a happy and productive life. We need you have the best life you can.”
Basinger must register a lifelong sex offender and will serve 10-years probation after he is released.