Teens Admitted to Sexually Assaulting Audrie Pott

Sentences of 3 boys involved in suicide case revealed
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2014 2:43 PM CST
Teens Admitted to Sexually Assaulting Audrie Pott
This undated photo provided by her family via attorney Robert Allard shows Audrie Pott.   (AP Photo/Family photo provided by attorney Robert Allard)

Documents and information newly obtained by the San Jose Mercury News reveal that the three teenage boys involved in the Audrie Pott case admitted to sexually assaulting the 15-year-old girl, who ultimately hanged herself after half-naked pictures of her were distributed around school. Until now, their fates had been unknown, since they were prosecuted in juvenile court. But sources reveal that two of the boys served 30-day sentences on weekends; the third is still serving a sentence of 45 consecutive days. The boys admitted to digitally penetrating a passed-out Pott at an alcohol-fueled teenage party on Sept. 2, 2012, and to having the half-naked pictures of her on their phones.

But the newly obtained information shows that prosecutors could not actually prove the boys distributed the photos. Other photos of naked teen girls, however, were found on two of their phones—a fact alluded to by the Potts' lawyer last week, when he accused the boys of continuing "to engage in 'slut shaming' other young women through, for example, the dissemination of nude photographs." Because they were tried in juvenile court, their sentences are much lighter than what they would have received had they been tried as adults. They are also lighter than the one- and two-year sentences two teen boys received in the Steubenville, Ohio, case. The boys also face a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the Pott family over Audrie's suicide. Click for more on the Audrie Pott case. (More Audrie Pott stories.)

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