In Saratoga, California, three teenage boys have admitted to sexually assaulting a girl who later committed suicide. Two of the boys are 16 years old and the third is only a year older. Photos of the attack were circulated to classmates and the girl committed suicide. The boys also admitted to possessing photos of the girl.

Audrie Pott

Audrie Pott

The girl, Audrie Pott, had attended a friend’s party in California’s Saratoga. She drank a soft drink laced with alcohol and subsequently fell asleep. On waking up, she found that her pants had been taken off and lewd comments were scribbled all over her body. In the week that came after the party, Audrie learnt that cell phone photos had been taken of her when she was asleep and being assaulted. She further realized that the photos messages had been circulated to her classmates.

Eight days after the party, Audrie hanged herself.

Her parents moved to court seeking justice for their daughter. In September 2013, the three accused boys admitted to committing the sexual offenses that are considered felonies and possession of photos of the dead girl.

A beer party

A beer party

The sentences handed to the three are in stark contrast to what is the allowed maximum sentence. Two have been ordered to serve 30 days during weekends in juvenile detention. The third has been sentenced to 45 days in juvenile detention too but on consecutive days. Had they been adults, they would have gotten a sentence of up to 10 years. These sentences are very lenient too when compared with those handed to two 16-year-olds in a similar case that happened in Steubenville. These got one and two years respectively in juvenile detention.

The lawyers of the parties involved in the Pott court case and even the Santa Clara county supervising district attorney for juvenile justice remain tight-lipped about the matter. They say they are not allowed to comment about the issue.

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