Contempt charges dropped for Kentucky sexual assault victim

Contempt charges were dropped this week for a Kentucky teen who faced possible jail time after breaking a gag order and tweeting the names of her attackers.

Defense attorneys asked for charges against the teen, Savannah Dietrich, because she violated court order in releasing the names of two teenage boys who plead guilty to sexually assaulting her.

However, as of Monday, July 23, defense attorneys dropped the contempt charges.

Because the story of Dietrich’s tweet went global and the names of the teenage boys spread further than the initial tweet, said David Mejia, defense attorney for one of the the two teenage boys, contempt proceedings would be meaningless.

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