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

News

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 girls 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.

LATEST STORIES:

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Top Videos

Something Good: FL couple keeps business alive with virtual photo shoots

Thumbnail for the video titled "Something Good: FL couple keeps business alive with virtual photo shoots"

Tampa YMCA keeps Veggie Van rolling during pandemic

Thumbnail for the video titled "Tampa YMCA keeps Veggie Van rolling during pandemic"

Friday Morning Forecast

Thumbnail for the video titled "Friday Morning Forecast"

golf courses open during stay at home order

Thumbnail for the video titled "golf courses open during stay at home order"

Coronavirus in Florida: Daily flights from New York area to Florida drop during the end of March

Thumbnail for the video titled "Coronavirus in Florida: Daily flights from New York area to Florida drop during the end of March"

Publix workers test positive

Thumbnail for the video titled "Publix workers test positive"

Coronavirus in Tampa expected to peak in early May, according to model

Thumbnail for the video titled "Coronavirus in Tampa expected to peak in early May, according to model"

3 employees at TPA test positive for COVID-19

Thumbnail for the video titled "3 employees at TPA test positive for COVID-19"

a pizza shop in Westchase donated 15 pizzas to the healthcare workers at Tampa General Hospital

Thumbnail for the video titled "a pizza shop in Westchase donated 15 pizzas to the healthcare workers at Tampa General Hospital"

Covid-19 response: Feeding Tampa Bay partners with celebrity chef for weekly Facebook series

Thumbnail for the video titled "Covid-19 response: Feeding Tampa Bay partners with celebrity chef for weekly Facebook series"

Feeding Tampa Bay: How to make chicken pasta and garlic bread

Thumbnail for the video titled "Feeding Tampa Bay: How to make chicken pasta and garlic bread"

Volunteer with Feeding Tampa Bay

Thumbnail for the video titled "Volunteer with Feeding Tampa Bay"
More Local News

Trending Stories

get the app

News App

Weather App

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss