A PEDOPHILE who repeatedly raped a 12-year-old boy has been freed from jail as he's scared of catching the coronavirus.
Glenn Christie, 54, was on a 10-year probation period after completing a prison term for repeatedly raping a 12-year-old boy in Massachusetts.
However, the sex offender has now been released from custody.
On Friday, Superior Court Judge Heidi Brieger released the criminal, on the condition that he tests negative for COVID-19, WBUR reported.
At least two inmates of the facility have died from coronavirus - one of which, being Christie's former roommate.
David Rangavis, Christie's lawyer, argued that due to Christie's underlying health conditions, including kidney disease, spinal stenosis which has left him in a wheelchair and possible thyroid cancer, he is more vulnerable to COVID-19.
On Friday, Rangavis tweeted: "Mr. Christie was ordered released this morning by the Superior Court!
"There are so many move lives to save, but it is an unbelievable relief to get him released while it appears he may have dodged this ongoing outbreak in his facility."
The felon is currently facing between one and two years in prison for breaking his parole.
Speaking about the reasoning for Christie's appeal, Chief Justice Ralph Gants said: "Incarcerated individuals often bunk in the same cell or unit and cannot realistically maintain adequate social distancing.
"The health risks to a person in custody caused by the pandemic constitute changed circumstances.
"We also conclude that, in conducting that (new) review, a judge must give careful consideration not only to the risks posed by releasing the defendant – flight, danger to others or to the community, and likelihood of further criminal acts -- but also, during this pandemic, to the risk that the defendant might die or become seriously ill if kept in custody."
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The news comes as the US death toll currently stands at 7,406.
The number of confirmed cases in the country has now soared to at least 277,613.
The social distancing guidelines for America have now been extended until April 30 to try and curb the spread of the virus.
Source : https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11329324/pedophile-coronavirus-freed-rape-12-year-old/