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Judge in volatile Texas rape case toughens terms on Sir Young

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CBS DFW

DALLAS - A 20-year-old man who was convicted of raping of a teenage schoolmate but sentenced to only 45 days in jail and five years' probation must also undergo the standard probationary conditions, including evaluation for sex offender treatment, a Dallas district court judge ruled Thursday.

Sir Young pleaded guilty to the attack on a 14-year-old girl at a Dallas high school in 2011 when he was 18. Both Young and the girl testified during the trial last week that the girl said "no" and "stop" numerous times before and during the rape, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Judge Jeanine Howard, who sentenced Young last week, did not impose the standard probationary conditions. She said he was "not your typical sex offender" and questioned whether the girl had embellished her story.

Howard sentenced Young to 45 days in jail and 5 years' probation in which he was ordered to complete 250 hours of community service at a rape crisis center where volunteers work directly with victims, something that victims' advocates say is illogical. The 20-year-old had faced up to 20 years in prison.

The judge explained her sentencing decision to the Dallas Morning News, saying the 14-year-old girl "wasn't the victim she claimed to be." Howard also pointed to medical records that she said show the girl had three previous sexual partners and gave birth to a baby - which the girl's mother denies.

The sentence and the judge's comments sparked outrage and Howard recused herself from the case.

On Thursday, Judge Carter Thompson imposed all of the standard terms of probation, meaning Young may not have any contact with children, must be evaluated for sex offender treatment and must stay away from pornography.

Thompson told Young that he must adhere to the probation measures.

"Your previous court gave you a second chance, don't expect a third chance from this court," he said.

Thompson made "in our estimation the right ruling, he did the right thing," Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins said after the ruling. Watkins' office had asked Thompson to tighten the probation conditions.

Young's attorney, Scottie Allen, said he and his client were disappointed by Thursday's ruling.