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Teens completing sentences in Audrie Pott case

Jan. 15, 2014 at 3:17 PM   |   Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The California teens convicted in juvenile court of sexually assaulting a classmate who later killed herself were sentenced to 30 and 45 days, lawyers said.

The case of Audrie Pott, 15, a student at Saratoga High School in San Jose, made national headlines last year when the girl committed suicide after being assaulted at a party while she was passed out drunk.

Three classmates, two age 15 and one 16 at the time, pleaded guilty in juvenile court to felonies related to digitally penetrating Pott and taking photos of her half-naked body. The boys drew on Pott's body with a Sharpie and showed the photos to other students, though the juvenile court judge said there was not enough evidence to support claims they attempted to disseminate the photos widely throughout the school.

The two 15-year-olds, now 16, have completed a sentence of 30 days in juvenile detention, served on weekends. The 16-year-old, now 17, is in the process of serving a 45-day continuous sentence and has since transferred to a new high school, the Bay Area News Group reported.

The boys' sentences were the subject of intense speculation because juvenile court proceedings are not made public.

Had they been tried in adult court they could have faced up to 10 years in prison.

The boys' families are still fighting a wrongful death lawsuit by Pott's family, alleging their actions caused her to commit suicide.

"My life is over," Pott wrote in private messages on Facebook in the days before her death. "I have a reputation for a night I don't even remember, and the whole school knows.

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