The courtroom filled with shock and outrage as a Dallas judge ordered a convicted rapist who confessed to raping a 14-year-old when he was 18 to just 250 hours of community service – at a rape crisis center.
The defendant, 20-year-old Sir Young pleaded guilty to raping a female 14-year-old student and faced 20 years in prison when State Court Judge Jeanine Howard handed down the shocking verdict.
Prosecutor Josh Healy said the victim, now 17, broke into tears after the judge handed down the lenient sentence and her family is reportedly “shocked” and “extremely disappointed.”
According to the victim, she was kissing Young in one of the classrooms at Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas when he began to grope her. She pleaded for him to stop but he pulled off her clothes and raped her.
She told the court “I didn’t want to do anything other than kiss.” She repeatedly asked Young to stop.
Of course, aside from the judge’s shocking verdict, there’s the matter of actually finding a rape crisis center that would allow this felon to volunteer there. Bobbie Villareal, the director of the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center, says it’s not going to be at her facility.
Villareal told media “I’m sure she probably thought that it was his way of giving back perhaps. But it’s not an appropriate place for him to do his community supervision.”
Villareal also slammed the judge, saying “it is a deterrent to all survivors when you see a very lenient sentence like this one passed down. It sends a devastating message to survivors of sexual assault. That victim’s family definitely didn’t feel like there was justice for her and for other survivors of sexual assault.”