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Judge: Tweeting teen's sex assault files should be made public

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Savannah Dietrich (Source: WAVE 3 archives) Savannah Dietrich (Source: WAVE 3 archives)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A judge ruled on Tuesday that a Louisville teenager who tweeted the names of the two juveniles charged with sexually abusing her can speak openly about the case.

Chief District Court Judge Angela McCormick Bisig also ruled that files pertaining to the case can be made public and that cameras will be allowed in the courtroom for hearings in the case, although the juvenile defendants' faces cannot be shown.

Savannah Dietrich, 17, has said that she tweeted the names of the teens accused of taking pictures while they sexually assaulted her it order to make her side of the story known.

"I've heard people say they've gone around telling people things such as I'm a liar. I'm crazy, but now the facts are all out. They can't really deny what they've done," she said. 

Once her story gained national attention, Dietrich said she hoped that by going public, other victims of sex crimes would speak out.

"It's a relief. It just feels like I've had to keep this in so long," said Dietrich about being able to speak openly about her case.

WAVE 3 doesn't usually publish the names of sexual assault victims, but Dietrich and her parents have said they want the case made public.

Dietrich was charged with contempt after posting her tweets because everything that happens in juvenile court is supposed to be private. That charge has since been dropped.

Dietrich's attorney Thomas Clay has filed a motion to have prosecutor Paul Richwalsky removed from the case. He says he has a conflict of interest because of an alleged connection with Trinity High School, where the boys attended. The County Attorney would not comment on the allegations because the case is ongoing.

WAVE 3 also reached out to attorneys for both boys, who did not return calls.

Judge Bisig put a 24 hour hold on the case files so all parties have a chance to respond.

WAVE 3's Jaimie Weiss led a ConnecTV Watercoolerconversation about issues of justice, social media and free speech as they pertained to the Savannah Dietrich case. Click here to download the ConnecTV app to your tablet or laptop for future events.

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