California Teens Convicted of Rape go Home on Probation

handcuff stock photoThree teens convicted of raping a 13-year-old classmate were sentenced to probation by California juvenile officials after serving 120 days behind bars. The charges, forcible rape in concert and lewd acts with a child under 14 โ€“ both felony accounts โ€“ carried a maximum punishment of nine years in juvenile detention, The Press-Enterprise of Riverside, Calif. reported.

Some members of the community said probation was too lenient of a punishment for something as serious as rape, but youth law experts contended the juvenile justice system was designed to give offenders the opportunity to reform.

Juveniles convicted of rape in California do not have to register as sex offenders, said The Press-Enterprise.