By Jennifer Lee, EnStarz | Jul 22, 2012 09:01 PM EDT
A 17-year-old Kentucky girl, Savannah Dietrich, is facing possible jail time after violating a court order restricting the release of the names of two other teenager boys who sexually assaulted her.
The names of the pair of teenagers were prohibited from being released to the public by the court after a plea deal was accepted. However, Dietrich was so angry at the deal that she published the names of her alleged assaulters on social networking site Twitter.
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Dietrich of Louisville told The Courier-Journal that she has been left frustrated by the lenient deal for her attackers, and felt compelled to tweet their names into the public domain. Following her tweet she wrote, "I'm not protecting anyone that made my life a living Hell."
Attorneys for the boys have immediately asked that the court hold Dietrich in contempt for violating the confidentiality of their clients.
The two teenage boys were accused by Dietrich of sexually assaulting her in August 2011 after she passed out through drinking too much at a gathering they were all attending. The assault was captured through photos and was shared around among others in the aftermath of the attack.
The boys pleaded guilty at the end of June to first-degree sexual abuse and misdemeanor voyeurism. However, following the conclusion of the court case Dietrich has claimed she was unaware of a plea agreement until just before it was announced in court. The punishment for the boys has not been released as part of the agreement, but the official sentencing will take place next month; at which the judge could reject or modify the terms of the agreement.
However, Dietrich has said that the punishment felt like just a slap on the wrists for her attackers. "They got off very easy ... and they tell me to be quiet, just silencing me at the end," she said following the hearing.
Her anger continued to build in the aftermath and she went on to tweet, "They said I can't talk about it or I'll be locked up. ....Protect rapist is more important than getting justice for the victim in Louisville."
Dietrich has reported, "For months, I cried myself to sleep. I couldn't go out in public places. You just sit there and wonder, who saw (the pictures), who knows?"
A contempt hearing has now been called, with Dietrich's attorneys requesting that it be open to the media and arguing that she has a First Amendment Right to speak about her case in a public hearing. Obviously the boys' attorneys are requesting the hearing to remain private to protect their clients.
The contempt charge carries a possible sentence of 180 days in jail and a $500 fine.
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