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article imageKy teen faces contempt charge for naming boys who attacked her

By Arthur Weinreb     Jul 22, 2012 in Crime
Louisville - Frustrated over the fact the two boys who sexually assaulted her, took pictures of the assault, and passed them around online, entered into a lenient plea bargain, the 17-year-old victim named them on Twitter, contrary to a court order.
Under Kentucky law, except in certain specific circumstances, juvenile proceedings are closed to the public. And the names of the defendants cannot be published. Savannah Dietrich knew this, but she didn't care. She was mad.
As reported by the Louisville Courier-Journal, Savannah was drinking with some other teens in August 2011 when she passed out. She was then sexually assaulted by two boys. Later she learned pictures of the assault were taken and were passed around online.
The boys were both charged with first-degree sexual assault, a felony, and misdemeanor voyeurism. They pleaded guilty late last month after they had entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors. The first Savannah and her family learned of the deal that will see the boys do little, if any time, was when it was announced in court.
So Savannah went on Twitter and named her attackers, knowing it was prohibited. The attorneys' for the boys have arranged to have a contempt hearing held for Savannah. If convicted, she faces a maximum of 180 days in jail and a $500 fine.
The New York Post reports that after naming the two boys who assaulted her, Savannah tweeted, "There you go, lock me up. I'm not protecting anyone that made my life a living Hell."
Savannah is also a juvenile but she has consented to her identity being made public.
Savannah was quoted by WFMY as saying, So many of my rights have been taken away by these boys. I'm at the point, that if I have to go to jail for my rights, I will do it. If they really feel it's necessary to throw me in jail for talking about what happened to opposed to throwing these boys in jail for what they did to me, I don't understand justice.
Legal experts told the Louisville Courier-Journal that with the availability of social media, these situations are becoming more and more common.
The boys have not yet been sentenced. Savannah's contempt hearing is scheduled for July 30 where her attorneys will argue she has a First Amendment right to speak about what happened to her and that her hearing should be open to the public.
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