Teen who faced charges for naming attackers turns to Internet


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A teenager who felt frustrated with the justice system took her case online — and is getting support for doing so.

Savannah Dietrich was upset that two boys who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting her got what she considered a light sentence.

Dietrich ended up naming the two boys on Twitter — in violation of a court order. She said she just needed to stand up for herself. "I'm at the point that if I have to go to jail for my rights, I will do it."

The boys' attorneys initially asked a judge to hold Dietrich in contempt for violating the confidentiality of a juvenile hearing and the judge's order not to speak about it.

But on Monday, attorneys for the boys dropped their motion to charge her with violating the court order. The attorney for one of the boys says the decision to withdraw had nothing to do with public sentiment and online attention given to the case.

Dietrich could have faced a possible sentence of 180 days in jail and a $500 fine.

The teens are to be sentenced in August.

The Associated Press does not normally report the names of sexual assault victims, but Dietrich and her parents said they did not want to shield her identity and wanted her case to be public.


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