Backlash in Texas rape sentence

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She could have sentenced him to 20 years in prison after he admitted to raping a 14-year-old girl in her high school.

Instead, a texas judge gave the defendant a 45-day sentence and five years of probation after implying that the victim was promiscuous. And it isn’t just the sentence that’s drawing criticism.

In a handwritten confession, then-18-year-old Sir Young admitted to raping a 14-year-old girl.

The two were students at Booker T. Washington High School in Texas. The confession from 2011 reads in part: “….I took her pants off and mine as well. She kept saying “no” and “stop” but I just didn’t stop.

The girl came forward, telling authorities Young raped her.

Young, an admitted rapist, could have been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Instead, just recently, State District Judge Jeanine Howard ordered Young serve just 45 days in jail – 5 years probation, along with 250 hours of community service. And where is Young set to serve that community service? at of all place — 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. No sex offender treatment, no staying away from children, and no refraining from watching pornography.

Young’s attorney also agrees with the sentence: We don’t think that he qualifies as your typical sex offender. This is not somebody who has preyed on some young kids or unsuspecting people.

Exactly why the judge chose this sentence is what’s enraged so many. In an interview with the Dallas Morning News, Judge Howard — 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.

Still, the judge concluded “she wasn’t the victim she claimed to be.”

The victim, now 17, says she’s “disgusted” by the judge’s actions: “I was shocked that a judge, someone I trusted with this case, would go behind my back, and make these allegations that she knows nothing about.”

The girl’s mother says she’s livid over the judges comments and there was no baby. Facing heavy backlash, Judge Howard has now recused herself from the case while prosecutors fight the terms of Young’s probation.

Still, the judge told the Dallas Morning News she stands by her decision.

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