Texas judge sentences rapist to 45 DAYS in jail, evokes outrage
Tue, 06 May 2014 21:40:13 GMT — CNN -- He could have faced 20 years in prison after he admitted to raping a 14-year-old girl in her high school, but instead, a Texas judge gave the defendant a 45-day sentence and five years of probation of "implying" that the victim was promiscuous. It's not the sentence alone that's drawing criticism.
In a handwritten confession, Sir Young, who was 18 at the time, admitted to raping her when they were both students at Booker T. Washington High School in Texas.
The 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."
As an admitted rapist, he 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, five years of probation, along with 250 hours of community service.
And where is Young set to serve that community service? 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 agrees with the sentence.
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.
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, said she's "disgusted" by the judge's actions. The girl's mother said she's livid over the judge's 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.
The judge told the Dallas Morning News that she stands by her decision.