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Daniel Hernandez (6ix9ine) ... by Rich Juzwiak on Scribd

Daniel Hernandez (6ix9ine) ... by Rich Juzwiak on Scribd

Twenty-one-year-old Brooklyn-based rapper 6ix9ine (a.k.a. Teka$hi 6ix9ine a.k.a. Tekashi69) is one of 2017's breakout stars in music. With not so much as an album to his name, he has a million followers on Instagram. He’s the recipient of fawning press. He has two singles on the Billboard Hot 100, including the brash “Gummo,” which leapt from No. 54 to No. 13 this week. And, like a few young rappers on the rise, 6ix9ine has been accused of a horrific sexual crime. What’s more, he admitted to it in a court of law.

According to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, 6ix9ine, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, pleaded guilty to the use of a child in a sexual performance on October 20, 2015. The exact terms of that charge are as follows:

A person is guilty of the use of a child in a sexual performance if knowing the character and content thereof he employs, authorizes or induces a child less than seventeen years of age to engage in a sexual performance or being a parent, legal guardian or custodian of such child, he consents to the participation by such child in a sexual performance.

Rumblings of the incident were made public earlier this year via beefs with fellow rappers Zillakami and Trippie Redd, who started mentioning his case on social media. “I’m sorry brozay, 1400 don’t promote pedophiles,” said Redd in a now-deleted Instagram video, according to Mass Appeal.

In November, the website Genius reported it had obtained documents confirming that 6ix9ine pleaded guilty to the felony count. The site, however, declined to report details of 6ix9ine’s case “both to protect our source and the privacy of the victim.” This set the stage for 6ix9ine to tell his own version of what transpired that night in an interview on the YouTube channel of DJ Akademiks that was posted November 18 of this year.

6ix9ine is prone to pointing out repeatedly, despite entering a guilty plea to a felony, that he is a free man. He says this as if to exonerate himself from the accusations. “I just want people to use logic, and use your brain,” he said in a video that was uploaded to YouTube August 9, 2017. “If there’s pictures, screenshots, videos whatever there is out there of Teka$hi69 raping someone, why is Teka$hi69 not in jail?”

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The answer is in his plea agreement. The document, dated October 20, 2015, states that his sentencing was to be adjourned for two years until October 20, 2017. (It has since been adjourned further and as of now is scheduled for January 30, 2018, according to multiple people who assisted me in multiple clerks’ offices in Manhattan.)

The further terms of 6ix9ine’s plea are as follows:

  • One year of interim probation.
  • He was ordered not to post/re-post sexually explicit or violent images featuring women/children to social media.
  • Two years of mental health treatment with regular updates to the court on his progress.
  • Three hundred hours of community service through the New York City Parks Department.
  • He was ordered to obtain his GED.
  • He was ordered to write a letter to the complaining witness and her family articulating why his participation in the videos was harmful to her and her family, and why publishing the videos caused additional harm. (When he discussed said letter with Akademiks, 6ix9ine did not mention it was part of his plea agreement. “Yo, when I found out the girl’s age, bro, gangsta, I wrote a letter of apology to her, her family... that shit hurt my heart,” he said. In his second statement to police the night of March 5, 2015, though, he said, “I really want to apologize to her and her mom.”)
  • He was ordered not to commit another crime for two years.

Should he have these conditions completed by the time of sentencing, he will receive three years probation (technically four but with a one-year credit from the interim probation he served). If not, he faces one to three years in prison.

Additionally, the agreement states, “If the defendant completes each of the above conditions successfully and commits no new crimes prior to the sentencing date, the People will not oppose a Youthful Offender adjudication. As a result, the defendant will not be required to register as a sex offender.”