Rapist's Sentence: Volunteer at Rape Crisis Center
Dallas center says 'no thanks'
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2014 12:56 PM CDT

(Newser) – Dallas County District Judge Jeanine Howard is known for handing out unusual sentences, but her latest "shocked and disturbed," reports WFAA. Sir Young, 20, pleaded guilty to raping a 14-year-old girl at Booker T. Washington High School; he was an 18-year-old student there at the time. He faced 20 years behind bars, but was last week handed 45 days in jail and an order to do 250 hours of community service ... at a rape crisis center. Outcry ensued, with the executive director of the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center calling the decision inappropriate.

Bobbie Villareal told the probation department as much on Tuesday when it called to ask if Young could complete his required hours there. Setting aside the fact that the clinic's volunteers aren't permitted to have criminal backgrounds, "we would worry about our client safety and well-being, the appropriateness of (Young) having any kind of contact with survivors," says Villareal. Now, the judge and the department are "modifying his conditions" so that Young logs the hours elsewhere, a rep for the court tells the Dallas Observer. But WFAA points out another part of his sentence is drawing complaints: five years of deferred adjudication; that's a kind of probation that will result in his case essentially being dismissed if he completes the requirements of his sentence. (Another rape case is grabbing headlines for much the same reason.)

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May 2, 2014 2:24 PM CDT
Oh yeah, if I were raped the LAST thing I would want would be counseling by a convicted rapist. I can just picture him getting off listening to the salacious details of the victim's attack.
May 2, 2014 12:56 PM CDT
Are all texas judges smoking the same loco weed that rick perry smokes to make him so loony?
May 1, 2014 11:41 PM CDT
Did this judge give one moment's thought to the effect his presence, untrained in empathy, counseling, and totally lacking in qualifications would have on the traumatized women at this crisis center? I don't give a rats rear about the guy's rehabilitation… women's lives may be affected. What if he decides to take advantage of the vulnerability of the women there? I don't care if he was "only" guilty of statutory rape, he had incredibly bad judgement to have illegal sex with an inappropriate too young girl.