Ky Teen Sexually Assaulted, Then Threatened With Jail Time


Instead, press coverage of Dietrich's plight went viral and began trending on the blogosphere. Dietrich's online petition to have the contempt charges dropped received 50,000 signatures within 24 hours, making it one of the fastest growing petitions on The boys lawyers withdrew the contempt motion, but not before there was a tidal wave of backlash against the two boys.

"It has been just more incredibly difficult than I can describe going from just living this high school boy life, student athlete, popular kid, to suddenly having his name all over the country described as a rapist which isn't even the charge," Mejia said of his client. "He has gotten contacts, calls, letters. He's been threatened and it's absolutely just destroyed whatever normal life he had."

Jason Riley, a reporter who covers the courts for the Louisville Courier-Journal, said the boys' reputations are ruined and that Dietrich has become "a bit of a First Amendment hero" for telling her story.

"There are some people who felt Savannah has gone too far in talking about this and branding these boys," Riley said. "A lot of people are misreporting facts. They're calling the boys rapists, obviously they pleaded guilty to sexual abuse but they were not found guilty of rape."

Emily Farrar-Crockett, Dietrich's lawyer, called her client "extremely brave" for speaking out.

"So many children do not come forward and say what people do to them," she said. "So she is a heroine. She has given a voice to so many people who otherwise might be silent."

As far as the boys are concerned, Farrar-Crockett said they earned the reputation they have now.

"They took the pictures, they disseminated it, they told people about what they had done," she said. "To come back and blame her now for ruining their reputation I think is despicable. They did this to themselves."

The one thing Mejia did say was that Dietrich got it wrong in her tweets.

"The profanity in her tweets and her entire disrespect for the court system, her characterization of what happened and the falsehoods that she gave... Nothing but shock and frustration on our side," he said.

Kentucky is one of just 11 states where records are sealed for underage court cases. The Louisville Courier-Journal is fighting in court to unseal the case records.

"There's actually a push now because of this case to open juvenile courts," Riley said. "We don't know what the deal is for the boys. Savannah is not allowed to say, her family is not allowed to say. So we don't know how fair it is, really at this point."

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