A Texas man convicted of raping a teenage girl has managed to avoid a prison sentence once again.
Sir Young, now 20, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old schoolmate in 2011 when he was 17 years old. Last week, Judge Jeanine Howard’s sentence drew national outcry after the judge sentenced him to just 45 days in jail after claiming the victim embellished her story.
Howard had to recuse herself from the case and it was handed over to Judge Carter Thompson. On Thursday, Thompson ordered Young to register as a sex offender and stay away from children but he was able to avoid a real prison stint once again as he got just five years of probation.
Thompson told Young “your previous court gave you a second chance, don’t expect a third chance from this court.”
Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins said that Thompson made “in our estimation the right ruling, he did the right thing.” Watkins and his office had been pushing for a five-year prison sentence for Young.
In the previous hearing, Judge Howard caused a stir when she said the victim “wasn’t the victim she claimed to be. He is not your typical sex offender. There are rape cases that deserve life. There are rape cases that deserve 20 years. Every now and then you have one of those that deserve probation. This is one of those and I stand by it.”
After the sentence was handed down, Young’s victim, now 17, was seen openly weeping. Her family said they were “extremely disappointed” and “shocked.”