LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A judge in Kentucky is hearing from a 17-year-old sexual assault victim who identified her attackers despite a gag order because she thought their plea deal was lenient.
Savannah Dietrich testified Friday at a hearing where a judge is considering whether to accept the plea deal for her attackers, both 16-year-old boys at the time of the August 2011 assault. The deal calls for the teens to undergo sex offender treatment and serve 50 hours of volunteer work. It also allows them to have their records expunged before the age of 20.
Dietrich said she was unaware of a plea agreement until just before it was announced in court in June.
The Associated Press does not generally identify sexual assault victims, but Dietrich and her parents wanted her story public.