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
Rapist's Sentence: Volunteer at Rape Crisis Center

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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