Man who raped 14-year-old girl to appear in court

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Associated Press

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 7 at 12:03 PM

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas man given probation for raping a 14-year-old girl will appear Thursday before a different judge than the one who questioned whether the girl was really a victim.

Sir Young, 20, is scheduled to be in court Thursday morning for a hearing on the conditions of his probation. Prosecutors have asked for a full evaluation and potentially new restrictions for Young, a 20-year-old man who confessed to raping the girl at a high school even as she told him to stop.

State District Judge Jeanine Howard declined to give him prison time and made several departures from typical probation conditions — including giving him an original assignment of 250 hours' community service at a rape crisis center.

Howard then told The Dallas Morning News that she questioned the girl's sexual history and her story.

She recused herself from the case a day after the interview was published. State District Judge Carter Thompson will take the case instead.

Young's attorney, Scottie Allen, did not immediately return a phone message.

District Attorney Craig Watkins and the victim's family both expressed outrage at Howard's sentence and her subsequent comments. Watkins said he thought the case could make victims in other rape cases reluctant to come forward.

The Associated Press generally does not name victims of sexual assault.

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