California law for minors dating adults
“It just doesn’t seem fathomable to me.” CRIME AND PUNISHMENT Weeks after George Knowlton started his senior year last fall at Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights, the 18-year-old athlete and honor-roll student was charged with felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct for having consensual sex with his 14-year-old girlfriend.The relationship started months earlier when he was 17.County attorneys say they consider several factors before prosecuting these cases.They review the vulnerability of the victim, the relationship of the victim and the accused, whether drugs and alcohol were involved and the feelings of the victim’s parents.The girl told police she and Knowlton had sex up to 10 times during the summer, according to a Dakota County criminal complaint.The girl also said she specifically recalled having sex with Knowlton on July 20 — three days after his 18th birthday.
But no organized movement exists in the state to change the laws.Once the conditions are satisfied, a judge will clear the defendant of the charges and dismiss the case.While Benda does not have a criminal record in Minnesota, the charges still show up in public records. In a hotel room two years ago after prom, Samuel J.While researching his friend’s case, Yang discovered that other states had adopted Romeo and Juliet laws to lessen the penalties for young adults convicted of such crimes, and he asked state Rep.
Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights, to support that here.Other states have changed their laws to differentiate consensual sex from predatory crimes.Florida adopted a “Romeo and Juliet” law in 2007, allowing some people to petition the court to forgo registering as a sex offender.Michigan has adopted similar legislation, and Illinois and California groups are pushing for those laws, too.