WARNING: This article deals with an account of rape/sexual assault and may be triggering for some readers.
“She kept saying, ‘No & stop’ but I just didn’t stop.”
“After the attack, she told me, ‘Oh God, why did you do this?’ I couldn’t even answer. I just said sorry numerous times because I just couldn’t believe I did that.”
He raped a 14-year-old girl.
He admitted it.
So why has a judge sentenced him to just five years’ probation?
Because the judge says the victim “wasn’t the victim she claimed to be”.
The judge says the victim “wasn’t a virgin”.
Texas judge Jeanine Howard is receiving worldwide criticism for her sentence of just five years’ probation for a confessed rapist.
According to CBS News, 20-year-old Sir Young was sentenced on Friday as part of a plea deal for raping a 14-year-old girl on their high school campus when he was 18.
He had faced a maximum of 20 years in prison.
Instead, as part of the probation, he will serve just 45 days – bizarrely serving two days behind bars each year beginning on October 4, the day the rape was committed.
State District judge Jeanine Howard justified the light sentence saying, “He is not your typical sex offender.”
The judge went on to say that her decision was based on several factors, including medical records, which she says show the 14-year-old girl had given birth to a baby prior to the sexual assault.
However, the girl’s mother said on Friday that her daughter has never been pregnant and she was “livid” over the judge’s comments, reports The Dallas Morning News.
The victim’s mother said that it’s obvious the judge didn’t want to ruin Young’s life.
“But what about my daughter’s life?” she said.
The victim spoke to CBS news anonymously saying, “To me, this sends the message that, basically, you can come forward as you’re supposed to and tell the truth and say what happened to you and nothing’s going to happen.”
Young’s sentencing states that, unlike most sex offenders, he does not have to avoid children, attend sex offender treatment, be evaluated or refrain from watching pornography. Once he completes his probation, the conviction could be wiped from his record completely. Victim’s advocates and legal experts are outraged.