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Texas judge sentences confessed rapist to probation, alleges teen victim was promiscuous

- The Washington Times - Monday, May 5, 2014

A confessed rapist has received just five years' probation after a Texas judge alleged that his 14-year-old victim was promiscuous and "wasn't the victim she claimed to be."

Sir Young, 20, confessed and pleaded guilty to forcefully raping a female student at Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas when he was 18.

State District Judge Jeanine Howard gave the man deferred probation, which will include 45 days in jail. He will also be exempted from standard sex-offender restrictions, like staying away from children, attending sex-offender treatment, undergoing a sex-offender evaluation or refraining from watching pornography, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Miss Howard said she made the decision for several reasons, including, "the girl had texted Young asking him to spend time with her; the girl had agreed to have sex with him but just didn't want to at school; medical records show the girl had three sexual partners and had given birth to a baby; and Young was barely 18 at the time," the newspaper reported.

"She wasn't the victim she claimed to be," Miss Howard said. "He is not your typical sex offender."

"There are rape cases that deserve life. There are rape cases that deserve 20 years," she said. "Every now and then you have one of those that deserve probation. This is one of those, and I stand by it."

"I have never been pregnant ever," the victim, now 17, told a local ABC affiliate. "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."

According to Mr. Young's handwritten police confession, he and the victim were in the school's music room when they started kissing. He said he tried to put his hands down her pants, but that she said no twice, causing him to hesitate, the station reported.

He wrote that they began kissing again, and this time he took off his pants and hers.

"She kept saying, 'No & stop' but I just didn't stop," he wrote.

After the attack, he said the terrified victim asked, "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 had did that," he reportedly wrote.

The victim said the sentence made her regret ever coming forward to police.

"I did what I was supposed to do. I went to the law about this situation," she told The Morning News. "(But the sentence) says everything I went through was for nothing.

"It would have been better for me not to say anything," she said.

Miss Howard told the newspaper on Thursday that she planned to recuse herself from the case so she could speak publicly about her decision. 

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