Court documents in Dietrich case released, new details emerged

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Posted on August 30, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 30 at 7:08 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Earlier this week we heard directly from Savannah Dietrich, the Jefferson County teen who was thrust into the national spotlight after tweeting the names of the boys who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing her.
 
On Thursday afternoon, we learned far more about the case, when the once-confidential juvenile case file was opened to the public.
 
In a sworn statement, Dietrich tells why she chose to post her assailants' names on Twitter, despite the judge's order to keep the case confidential.
 
"I was highly emotional about what happened and the fact that I was being silenced. I spoke my mind on twitter, letting people know what had happened to me," said Dietrich in an affidavit.
 
Dietrich said in court documents she felt let down by assistant county attorney Paul Richwalsky, who prosecuted the two boys.
 
She said he offered them too lenient a deal and even told her "she needed to move on" or "get counseling."
 
That's something Richwalsky denied.
 
In his affidavit to the court, he said "The delusional assertions made in her affidavit are merely the by-product of what she would like to believe happened and not in what actuality took place. She cannot truthfully recall what she knew and agreed to. Rather than admit to same, she has created a scenario which has no basis in fact or reality."
 
According to court documents, the crime was not reported until nearly four months after it occurred.
 
Court documents show Savannah agonized after learning the suspects were showing nude photos of her to others.
 
"I'm so ashamed. Like you have no idea how much I have cried over this. People showing off my picture. I just want it to stop. If you find anybody who has it, please tell me," Dietrich wrote in a text to a friend.
 
There are also copies of text from the suspects to Dietrich.
 
One said, "We're not hiding anything. It was a dumbass thing to do and I'm really sorry. I know you probably could never forgive me, but I feel terrible and deleted the picture soon after it was taken."
 
Another text from a suspects said, "I'm telling you the truth, Savannah. Please, for the love of God, I can't take this to court. I am beyond incredibly sorry and if there is another way, we can settle this, let's do it. Anything but going to court please."

 

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