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Texas judge lightly sentences admitted rapist, says 14-year-old he assaulted not ‘the victim she claimed to be'

Posted by on May. 3, 2014 at 7:57 PM
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Advocates for sexual assault victims are furious with a Texas judge who said a raped 14-year-old "wasn't the victim she claimed to be," even after her attacker admitted to the crime.

Jeanine Howard, a Dallas County district judge, has drawn further criticism for her light sentence last week — a five-year probation — against the rapist in the 2011 assault.

The now 20-year-old Sir Young will be labeled a sex offender for life, but Howard did not issue standard sex offender restrictions, such as ordering him to refrain from pornography or undergoing sex offender treatment, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Howard removed herself from the case Friday, and a new judge has taken over.

Young admitted to raping the girl in a music room at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts on Oct. 4, 2011. He faced a maximum sentance of 20 years in prison.

Howard told the newspaper Young "is not your typical sex offender" and his 14-year old victim "wasn't the victim she claimed to be."

She implied the girl had been promiscuous and said she based her decision partially on medical records that showed the victim had three sexual partners and had given birth to a baby.

The victim, now 17, told WFAA she has never been pregnant.

"And three partners? I don't even know where she got this. I feel like this was her way of trying to make herself feel better," she told the TV station.

Howard said other factors contributed to her decision, too. She said the girl agreed to have sex with Young, just not at school.

According to Young's confession, the victim said "no" and "stop" as he took off her pants. She continued to say "no" during the attack.

The victim told the Dallas Morning News that she feels like she went through the trail for nothing.

"It was a slap in the face," she told WFAA. "I thought I was going to get help. I thought that it would be taken care of, and I wouldn't have to worry about it anymore."

Under his probation conditions, Young will spend 45 days in jail. For the next five years, he'll also spend the anniversary of the rape in prison.

Young's sentence initially included 250 hours of community service at a rape crisis center, but the local Dallas center said he is not welcome.

Howard told the Dallas Morning News she never wanted Young to work directly with rape victims and thought he could help clean the building. There's no word on where Young will carry out his community service.

"This is an example of why people don't come forward and report their sexual assaults because they are not only victimized at the time but the continuing game of shame and blame," Bobby Villareal, executive director of the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center, told WFAA.

Prosecutors have filed a motion seeking the terms of Young's probation be reconsidered.


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Ziva65
by Gold Member on May. 3, 2014 at 8:17 PM

?

Somewhere in there the judge thought he was guilty... of what exactly then a sexual assault or something but not rape? Probation, community service, 45 days in jail? I also don't quite understand the lack of clarity in her medical record (and why would a previous pregnancy matter?). This doesn't make much sense. Seems like the story is missing something or truly that judge needs to be taken off the bench...

Good for that Dallas Center not welcoming him. Cleaning the building- but not work with rape victims? Was this some high profile kid or something? I don't get it.

momtoscott
by Platinum Member on May. 3, 2014 at 8:27 PM
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A convicted rapist sentenced to do community service at a rape crisis center?  WTF? 

LauraKW
by "Dude!" on May. 3, 2014 at 9:12 PM
What the fuck? None of this makes sense. This fucking state is so backwards.
tiffyhamm
by Gold Member on May. 3, 2014 at 9:24 PM
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The fuck? The fuck? The FUCK?! Ridiculous.
randi1978
by Bronze Member on May. 3, 2014 at 10:22 PM
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And claiming her sentence is based off the victim's medical records?  Which the victim herself refutes.

How did they get their hands on her med records?  Isn't that a violation of HIPPA laws?  I don't think you can demand a victim's med records.

Judge is an ass.  Take this to the high court and have that asshole retried and then get that judge off the bench.

turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on May. 3, 2014 at 11:40 PM

None of this makes sense....unless it is found that he is a relative of the judges...then it would make sense.

PinkButterfly66
by Silver Member on May. 3, 2014 at 11:48 PM

Judge Howard should be thrown off the bench.  Disgusting.

.Bubbles.
by Silver Member on May. 3, 2014 at 11:54 PM
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The victim's past never should have been discussed, and how did they get her medical records?


Absolutely disgusting.
JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on May. 4, 2014 at 12:17 AM

With a subpeona and yes you can demand those records in a criminal case.

Quoting randi1978:

How did they get their hands on her med records?  Isn't that a violation of HIPPA laws?  I don't think you can demand a victim's med records.


....I am only responsible for what I say,NOT for what you understand.....
slashteddy
by Bronze Member on May. 4, 2014 at 12:19 AM
...WHAT.
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