New York rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine should thank more than his lucky stars. The hip-hop star has avoided doing time behind bars for his publicized 2015 sexual misconduct case.
According to reports, a judge gave Tek a major break in the case by giving him probation instead of hard time.
Today in a Manhattan courthouse, Judge Felicia A. Mennin sentenced Tekashi 6ix9ine, the Brooklyn rapper born Daniel Hernandez, to four years of probation (with credit for one year previously served) for charges stemming from his 2015 arrest for the use of a child in a sexual performance. He is not required to register as a sex offender. (Pitchfork)
6ix9ine also has some major restrictions with his probation including who he is allowed to associate with.
6ix9ine is also required to complete 1,000 hours of community service and must refrain from gang affiliation and the posting or reposting online sexually explicit or violent images of women or children. (Pitchfork)
Tek’s issues stem from 2015 after getting in trouble for using a teenager in a sexual performance.
Hernandez’s legal troubles date back to 2015, when he admitted to using a 13-year-old child in a sexual performance as part of a “youthful offender” plea deal. Under the terms of that deal, the case would eventually be closed if he remained on good behavior for two years. He was also required to get his GED and finish 300 hours of community service. (Rolling Stone)
Back in August, Tek addressed his publicized case and explained the motivation behind accepting a plea deal.
“I know I troll a lot but for the people who care and the people that are making it their priority to care about my personal life, I want you to take a second and look at my case. Right? Three and a half years ago, I’m not this famous rapper that has $10,000 to pay for a private lawyer. I had to settle for a public defender. A court ordered lawyer. At this time, I’m scared. They’re saying you’re going to get 15 years and I’m like, ‘No. I’ve got a daughter on the way.’ It’s 2015. I’m 18 years old. I’m like, ‘No.’ Give me anything but jail time. If you look into the case, this is just another story of a minority, a youth being under the court system built for me to fail. For the people saying, ‘Tekashi, you’re not taking this serious.’ I am. Trust me. I am. I’m just not going to let that affect me.”
— SOHH (@sohh) August 10, 2018