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Judge reconsiders sentence for rapist at rape crisis center

Dallas County judge to rethink sentence of 250 hours at rape crisis center for convicted rapist.
By Danielle Haynes   |   April 30, 2014 at 6:44 PM   |   Comments

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DALLAS, April 30 (UPI) -- Dallas County District Judge Jeanine Howard ordered Sir Young, 20, to volunteer at a rape crisis center as part of his sentence for rape, a move that had some raising eyebrows.

Howard ordered Young to serve 250 hours of community service at a rape crisis center last week after he pleaded guilty to raping a 14-year-old girl, a fellow student at Booker T. Washington High School in 2011.

“I’m sure she probably thought that it was his way of giving back perhaps. But it’s just not an appropriate place for him to do his community supervision,” said Bobbie Villareal, executive director of the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center.

“There’s just so many problems with that,” Villareal added. “First of all, we would worry about our client safety and well-being, the appropriateness of them having any kind of contact with survivors -- even if it was a past victimization. Just having a criminal defendant in the office could be a triggering effect for many of our clients."

Villareal said she received a call from Young's probation officer asking if he could serve his community service at the crisis center, and she said no.

“They can have no criminal backgrounds whatsoever," Villareal said of volunteers.

Howard's court coordinator told the Dallas Observer Young's sentence will be changed.

She's going go back and modify those conditions and give him community service hours somewhere else, but she hasn't determined where yet," Court Coordinator Jerry Barker said.

Young was also sentenced to 5 years of deferred adjudication probation and 45 days in jail, and he must serve 24 hours in jail every Oct. 4, the anniversary of the rape, while on probation.

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