Teens Can Go To Jail For Having Sex?

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I read an article in the NYTimes today about a 17 year old boy who was facing a 10 year jail sentence for having consentual oral sex with a 15 year old girl. If I am not mistaken consentual means that BOTH parties agreed to it SO why was this case even brought to court in the first place? Is it illegal for minors to have sex and no one has bothered to mention it? Well the boy is 21 now, so this case happened four years ago but the reason it is in the news again is because the court has JUST realized that a ten year sentence is too harsh and has now released the boy. He was an HONOR STUDENT and a star athlete! That is JUST sad! I pray to never ever have to be caught in this so called justice system because when things like this happen it just doesn’t make sense.

Here are some excerpts worthy of reading:

Georgia Supreme Court Frees Man in Sex Case

Published: October 26, 2007

ATLANTA, Oct. 26 — The Georgia Supreme Court today ended the 10-year prison sentence of a man who was convicted in 2003 of having consensual oral sex with another teenager. The court said the harsh sentence violated the Constitution’s protection against cruel and unusual punishment.

The inmate, Genarlow Wilson, who is now 21, was 17 when he was caught on videotape having oral sex with a 15-year-old girl at a drug- and alcohol-fueled New Year’s Eve party in 2003. He was released this afternoon.

Mr. Wilson was convicted of aggravated child molestation for the act, a charge which carried a mandatory minimum prison term so harsh it shocked his jury and prompted an international outcry from critics who charged that prosecutors had been overzealous and racially motivated. The law, critics said, was meant to keep child molesters behind bars, not to curb teenage sexual activity.

Mr. Wilson was convicted of aggravated child molestation for the act, a charge which carried a mandatory minimum prison term so harsh it shocked his jury and prompted an international outcry from critics who charged that prosecutors had been overzealous and racially motivated. The law, critics said, was meant to keep child molesters behind bars, not to curb teenage sexual activity.

The year after Mr. Wilson was sentenced, the Georgia General Assembly changed the law to make consensual sex between teens a misdemeanor punishable by no more than a year in prison; but the legislature declined to apply the law to Mr. Wilson’s case retroactively. That decision set up a test of wills between the lawmakers and judges, as Mr. Wilson’s attorney appealed to both camps to set free her client, who had been an honors student and star athlete.

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