Do you think it is right that a 14 yr old boy is registered as a sex offender for having sex with a 12 yr old girl?

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A 14-year-old boy will be labeled as a sex offender for life after being arrested for having sex with his 12-year-old girlfriend — a “really sick” possibility, according to his family.
Do you think it is right that a 14 yr old boy is registered as a sex offender for having sex with a 12 yr old girl?

The unidentified seventh-grader has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child in Texas’ Harris County, despite a law that exempts some teens from being classified as sex offenders for having consensual sex with someone within three years of their age.

For instance, the so-called “Romeo and Juliet” law allows a 17-year-old to legally have sex with a 14-year-old. But that rule doesn’t apply if one of the parties is under 14 years of age, the Houston Chronicle reports.

“He had consensual sex with his little girlfriend and he loved her,” the teen’s mother told the newspaper. “And because he turned 14, they want to make him a sex offender, put him on the registry with pedophiles and child molesters — really sick and dangerous people.”

The boy’s lawyer said his client wouldn’t be facing charges and the possibility of registering as a sex offender had the teens been the same age, and he would be seen as the victim under the letter of the law if the other person was 18 or older.

“It defeats the whole purpose of the Romeo and Juliet defense where you have two people relatively close in age and maturity,” said the boy’s lawyer, Joseph Gutheinz. “You would think the law would be more sympathetic as you go younger, because both parties are immature.”

Attorneys in Texas said charges filed in connection to a consensual sexual relationship between minors aren’t rare in Harris County.

“I had that exact fact pattern that I fought for a year,” said Jackie Stewart Gravois, an attorney for the Harris County Public Defender’s Office. “They ended up dismissing it because, ultimately, everyone agreed it was a consensual act.”

Prosecutors in that case were assured there was no violence or threat of force between the students, who were also in junior high at the time, Gravois said.


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