Two boys convicted of raping 15-year-old girl get probation

National

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WFLA/CNN) — Two teenage boys weren’t registered as sex offenders and one was spared jail time after pleading guilty of raping a 15-year-old Tennessee girl.

The girl said two 13-year-old boys she thought were friends held her down in a Clarksville home as they raped her and filmed it.

“I didn’t want to say because, like, I was afraid nobody’s gonna believe me,” the girl told WZTV.

Clarksville police investigated the incident, found the video evidence, and the family went through the court process expecting justice.

“All of them did absolutely fantastic work until it came down to the moment where we were going to get something back by knowing that they would have at least some sort of punishment for the things they did to my daughter,” the girl’s dad said. “And it couldn’t happen because of the way the law is written.”

The law he’s referring to is the Juvenile Reform Act.

In an email to the family from the assistant district attorney, they quote parts of the act saying one of the boys would spend six months in juvenile detention because he had a criminal past. But the other, who had no criminal past, would serve probation at home for six months.

Additionally, neither will have to register as a sex offender because they’re under 14.

State Representative Jason Hodges heard the family’s story and wants to change the law.

“Obviously as a father I was disgusted and as a citizen of that community I was disgusted,” Hodges said. “You know rape is obviously a serious offense and whether you’re 13 or 30 you should know better.”

Hodges is working on two bills, one that would allow kids 13 and under to be charged as an adult for rape and another that would have them put on the sex offender’s registry at a judge’s discretion.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Clear

Abbeville

38°F Clear Feels like 38°
Wind
0 mph
Humidity
72%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Rain. Low 49F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a half an inch.
49°F Rain. Low 49F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a half an inch.
Wind
10 mph ESE
Precip
90%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Crescent
Clear

Crowley

38°F Clear Feels like 32°
Wind
10 mph E
Humidity
67%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Cloudy with periods of rain. Low 48F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a half an inch.
49°F Cloudy with periods of rain. Low 48F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a half an inch.
Wind
10 mph ESE
Precip
90%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Crescent
Clear

Opelousas

36°F Clear Feels like 36°
Wind
3 mph E
Humidity
64%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Periods of rain. Low around 45F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a half an inch.
49°F Periods of rain. Low around 45F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a half an inch.
Wind
10 mph ESE
Precip
90%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Crescent
Clear

Breaux Bridge

38°F Clear Feels like 38°
Wind
3 mph E
Humidity
62%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Cloudy with periods of rain. Low 47F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a half an inch.
49°F Cloudy with periods of rain. Low 47F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a half an inch.
Wind
10 mph ESE
Precip
90%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Crescent
Clear

New Iberia

38°F Clear Feels like 38°
Wind
0 mph
Humidity
76%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

A few clouds from time to time. Low 34F. Winds light and variable.
48°F A few clouds from time to time. Low 34F. Winds light and variable.
Wind
5 mph ESE
Precip
70%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Crescent

Local News

More Local

Sidebar