National elections have a troubled history in Kenya - disputed results in 2007 led to a period of post-election ethnic violence which left more than 1,000 dead and thousands more displaced.
Current President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto were both indicted by the International Criminal Court for inciting the violence, though the charges were later dismissed in a decision surrounded by accusations of witness intimidation and political interference.
But concerns of how reliable the victim would be on the witness stand because of his age, and an apparent unwillingness on the part of his parents to have their child testify in open court, helped lead to the plea deal and suspended sentence, said State's Attorney Kevin Lawlor.
A young West Haven woman accused of sexually assaulting a male child who was younger than 10 managed to avoid prison time Tuesday when a judge handed down a suspended sentence and 10 years of probation.
Paul G., convicted in 1994 of adult rape, released from prison in 1995 If sex offender registries were limited to previously convicted sex offenders who had committed sexually violent crimes or sex crimes against children and who have been individually assessed as presenting a high or medium risk of committing similar crimes again, registration might help protect the public.
As a man convicted of rape in 1992 and released into his Idaho community in 2002 told Human Rights Watch, The police should know where I live. I have no problem going down to the police station to register.
"They think they are weakening the Opposition at the Coast by harassing Governor Joho but they are only strengthening and popularising him," Mboko argued.
On Friday, Joho and ODM MPs Abdulswamad Ali, Rashid Bedzimba and Suleiman Dori were briefly held at the Coast police headquarters leading to protests by Opposition leaders.
Amanda Lizasoain, 19, had previously agreed to a 10-year suspended sentence, with 10 years of probation, when she pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of risk of injury to a minor.