Skip to comments.Teens sentenced in sex assault-Twitter case in Ky [Savannah Dietrich]
Posted on 09/14/2012 5:40:38 PM PDT by madprof98
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) A judge sentenced two Kentucky teenagers on Friday to community service and sex offender treatment for sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl who later identified her attackers on Twitter.
Savannah Dietrich posted the boys' names on Twitter despite a gag order because she thought the initial plea deal in June was too lenient. She said she also was unaware a deal had been reached until just before it was announced.
Jefferson County District Judge Angela McCormick Bisig slightly altered the initial deal, saying the pair, now 17 years old, may seek to have the sexual assault charges reduced when they are 21. The previous agreement expunged their record automatically before they turned 20.
After the judge announced the sentence, a composed Dietrich said she was satisfied and will walk away a smarter person. She doubted her attackers understand the impact of their actions.
"I'm not sure it meant anything to them," Dietrich said. "I hope one day they'll understand the situation."
The Associated Press does not generally identify victims of sexual assault, but Dietrich and her parents wanted her story public. The names of the two attackers have not been disclosed because the case has been handled in juvenile court.
During the hearing, Dietrich said she considered suicide after the assault.
"I was in so much pain, death seemed like a friendly thought to me," she said.
The assault gained public attention when Dietrich tweeted the names of the boys against a judge's orders not to discuss the case. Defense attorneys had asked a judge to consider a contempt charge for Dietrich, but dropped their request.
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community service and treatment??
I also read a few other related New Media bits, from multiple sources.
I purposely did not re-post the names of the two minor males involved, after reading more about this particular case.
No, I didn't read the court transcripts, because they are not available, due to the ages of all the individuals involved.
Yes, three drunk teenagers and a camera is involved.
The “guilty of sexual assault” deal was a plea bargain down from child pornography charges.
As of now, I see a drunken teenager drama variation of the Duke LaCrosse Rape prosecutions, absent the malicious prosecutor.
If you don't remember that case, let me remind you that several innocent young men were charged and prosecuted for rape. Eventually, it was proven that the supposed victims charges were entirely false, the prosecutor was legally punished for false prosecution for personal gain, and the men were exonerated. Not merely adjudicated not guilty, but declared entirely innocent of the crime for which they were charged.
The woman who falsely accused all of those young men of rape?
Never charged with any crime, no legal or civil consequences for filing a false rape claim.
Just as Savannah has not been charged.Yet.