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Rape case sentencing backlash

Rape case sentencing backlash

Dallas, TX - The controversy behind a recent court ruling by a Texas judge is causing a major backlash.  

Despite a hand written confession, from 2011, admitting to the raping of a 14-year-old girl in her high school, a Texas judge gave the defendant a 45-day sentence and five years of probation after implying that the victim was promiscuous. The girl came forward, telling authorities, then-18-year-old Sir Young raped her.

Young, an admitted rapist, could have been sentenced to 20 years in prison, but instead, a district judge ordered Young to serve just 45 days in jail, 5 years probation, along with 250 hours of community service at a rape crisis center. 

Young will have to register as a sex offender, but the judge ruled he will not be held to the typical probation restrictions sex-offenders face, like no sex offender treatment, no staying away from children, and no refraining from watching pornography. Young's attorney also agrees with the sentence.
The judge, citing the girl's medical records, said the victim had three sexual partners and had given birth to a baby.

Under the Texas rape shield law, a victim's sexual history isn't even admissible in court. The judge says the victim "wasn't the victim she claimed to be."
The victim, now 17, says she's "disgusted" by the judge's actions and the girl's mother says she's livid over the judges comments and says there was no baby.

Facing heavy backlash, the judge has now rescued herself from the case while prosecutors fight the terms of Young's probation. Still, the judge states she stands by her decision.
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