New information released on Jan. 14 by Mercury News revealed that the three teen boys implicated in the sexual assault of Audrie Pott have admitted to sexually abusing 15-year-old Audrie, who killed herself after images of her being violated while passed out in a drunken stupor went viral.
Per Mercury News:
While two of the boys have already finished serving 30 days -- during weekends -- in juvenile hall for their part in the crime, a third boy is currently spending 45 consecutive days in juvenile detention, according to sources close to the case.
The revelations come after months of secrecy over the boys' fates because they were prosecuted in juvenile court, which is not open to the public.
Audrie Pott was raped by the three boys while she was unconscious at a drunken house party in Saratoga, Calif.
When Audrie awoke following being raped by the three 16-year-old boys at that unsupervised house party in Saratoga, her shorts had been pulled down which revealed permanent pen markings across her private parts, including the name of one classmate followed by “was here.”
The 15-year-old committed suicide by hanging herself on Sept. 10, 2012, shortly after images depicting her sexual assault went viral on the web.
According to the new information obtained by Mercury News, “the boys admitted to digitally penetrating Audrie on Sept. 2, 2012, while she was passed out drunk and to possessing cellphone photos of her half-naked body.”
Although images of Audrie’s abuse were posted online, prosecutors in the case against the three boys felt that there wasn’t enough evidence to prove that “the boys circulated the photos widely.”
The extremely light sentences for the three boys were predicated in part by their ages as juveniles, and partly due to their Calif. geography. In the very similar March 2013 conviction of two teenage Steubenville High School, Ohio, football players found guilty of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl in Aug. 2013, the boys received one and two year sentences.
Had the Saratoga, Calif. teens been charged as adults with the same sexual assault charges in the Audrie Pott case, they could have each received the max penalty of 10 years in prison.
Additional new information gleaned from court records state that two of the three boys being investigated for Audrie’s rape were found with “additional photos of naked girls on their phones,” prior to their arrests in April, 2013. As such, both of the teens also admitted to additional felonies “of possessing or controlling sexual photos of girls under 18.”
In addition to their light juvenile detention sentences, all three boys were also ordered by the court to go through community service and counseling.
For more on the tragic story of young Audrie Pott, see the video accompanying this article.
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