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Savannah Dietrich identified her attackers on Twitter because she was outraged at the lenient plea bargain the prosecutor agreed to without her consent. The teen boys pleaded guilty to felony sexual assault and misdemeanor voyeurism. Their sentence was 50 hours of community service and a diversion program, which if completed, could clear their criminal record. CNN's Gary Tuchman reports on the case, and how the judge modified the plea deal late Friday.
Reporter's Note: I write to President Obama every day, even when it is not easy.
Dear Mr. President,
What a strange day you had; meeting our Olympians at the White House this morning, and meeting the bodies of our slain citizens as they were flown back from Libya this afternoon. I can hardly imagine the whipsaw of emotions even for a president.
Meeting the Olympians has to be one of the rare, great pleasures for any resident of the Oval Office. The talent, ambition, and drive of Americans who are willing to push themselves hard enough to become among the world’s finest athletes is something to be admired. With your own interest in sports, I am sure it was inspirational just to stand among them, to shake their hands, and hear their stories.
(Btw, I saw a picture of you saying hello to the fabulous marathoner Meb Keflezgihi. Made me so happy. He came by here yesterday and we had a great visit. Such a nice guy.)
But then your day was bookended by what must be the saddest of details; standing in tribute while someone in service of our country is brought home for a memorial service. The solemn display out there at Andrews was hard to watch even on TV without feeling the powerful sense of loss and mourning.
Of all the remarkable days you have experienced in office, I feel as if this may be one of the most remarkable when all is said and done, because this juxtaposition of events was simply so dramatic and emotional. There are days in which I envy your job, and days in which I don’t. This was both.
I hope all is well with you and your family, and even more so with all the families whose company you shared today in both joy and sorrow.
Savannah Dietrich was 16 when she was sexually assaulted by two teenage boys as she lay unconscious on the kitchen floor in a Louisville, Kentucky home. They had been drinking with other friends before the incident. When she woke up, she knew something had happened, but it would be months before she knew how they had taken advantage of her, that they had photographed the assault on their cell phones.
Court transcripts show the teens admitted to the crime. One said “...we put our fingers in her...cause we thought it would be funny...” The second boy told a detective he thought Savannah was fine with it because she didn’t tell them to stop. Accused of felony sexual assault and misdemeanor voyeurism, both pleaded guilty.
When the prosecutor offered them a plea bargain, Savannah and her parents were surprised. They had never agreed to that and thought the punishment was too lenient for the crime. The boys would get 50 hours of volunteer work and a diversion program, which if completed, their criminal records would be erased.
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