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Audrie Pott Suicide: Teens accused of raping girl who committed suicide are released from juvenile hall

Audrie Pott AP Photo/Family photo provided by attorney Robert Allard

Audrie Pott
AP Photo/Family photo provided by attorney Robert Allard

(CBS) - The three teenagers charged with the sexual battery of a 15-year-old California girl who later committed suicide have been released from juvenile hall and given home detention, reports CBS Los Angeles.

Pictures: Calif. teen commits suicide after alleged rape

The 16-year-olds are accused of raping Audrie Pott while she was passed out at a friend's house last August. They are also charged with distribution of child pornography for allegedly taking a crude photo of Pott and passing it around electronically.

According to her family, Pott learned of the assault and photograph in the days after it occurred and became despondent over what she perceived as an irreparably ruined reputation at the hands of young men she considered friends.

At a news conference on April 15, Pott's stepmother read from Facebook posts the teen wrote in the aftermath of the party: "My life is ruined...I am in hell...The whole school knows...My life is over..."

She committed suicide eight days after the alleged assault.

The family says they plan to sue the families of the three teens who are accused in her rape, as well as the family at whose house the party took place.

Complete coverage of the Audrie Pott case on Crimesider

  • Julia Dahl

    Julia Dahl writes about crime and justice for CBSNews.com

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