Battlepanda: Literal child sex offenders


Always trying to figure things out with the minimum of bullshit and the maximum of belligerence.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Literal child sex offenders

OK, you thought the Wilson case was ridiculous? How about Utah, where they charged a 13 year old as a sex offender for having sex with her 12 year old boyfriend, and vice versa?
Salt Lake City - Utah Supreme Court justices acknowledged Tuesday that they were struggling to wrap their minds around the concept that a 13-year-old girl could be both an offender and a victim for the same act - in this case, having consensual sex with her 12-year-old boyfriend.

The Ogden, Utah, girl was put in this odd position because she was found guilty of violating a state law that prohibits sex with someone under age 14. She also was the victim in the case against her boyfriend, who was found guilty of the same violation by engaging in sexual activity with her.

"The only thing that comes close to this is dueling," said Associate Chief Justice Michael Wilkins, noting that two people who take 20 paces and then shoot could each be considered both victim and offender.
I have a very specific picture in mind when I think "child sex offender", and those kids ain't it.