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Genarlow Wilson and his friends checked into the Days Inn right off Interstate 20. At some point in the night, according to court documents and evidence presented at trial, some girls came over to party with them. Bourbon and marijuana were consumed. One of the young men turned on a video camera.
Later in the evening, a 17-year-old girl began to have sex with the young men, first in the bathroom, then on the bed. Genarlow is captured on tape appearing to have sex with the girl from behind. Her hand is clearly visible on the floor supporting herself. Witnesses said she was a willing participant.
The next morning, the girl awoke in a stupor, wearing nothing but her socks. She called her mother and said she had been raped. Police came to the room after sunrise and took the revelers in for questioning. Genarlow had already gone home -- he didn't want to miss curfew -- but the video camera remained.
On tape, the cops saw a 15-year-old girl, a 10th-grader, performing oral sex on a partygoer and, after finishing with him, turning and performing the act on Genarlow. She was the instigator, according to her mother's testimony. Problem was, the girl was a year under the age of consent. Local prosecutors called the act aggravated child molestation, following the letter and not the spirit of the law, which was designed to prosecute pedophiles.
At the same time this trial was under way, a local high school teacher, a white female, was found guilty of having a sexual relationship with a student -- a true case of child molestation. The teacher received 90 days. Wilson received 3,650 days.
Originally posted by Nygdan
He broke the law and comited statutory rape on a minor. He belongs in jail. It doesn't matter that he was young when it happened.
In Pennsylvania, the age of consent is 14. Does this mean that it'd be acceptable for an 17 year old to have sex with a 13 year old?
These kinds of laws need to have an arbitrary age cut off, and it has to be stuck to, otherwise, there's no point to the law.
Originally posted by forestlady
Oh come on, Nygdan, they both consented to it, nobody forced anyone and they're only 2 years apart.
Personally, I think those kind of laws are silly except the one about someone very mature having sex with someone under the age of say 18.
But between a 17 y.o. and a 15 y.o.? Where's the victim?
Where's the crime?
"I know that it was consensual," he told "Primetime." "I wouldn't went on with the acts if it wasn't consensual. I'm not that kind of person. No means no."
The second girl in the videotape was 15, and the age of consent in Georgia is 16.
But anyway, my main point is that the parents of an under 18 kid should be the one to make the decision, not the courts or the govt.
Apparently there WAS a problem Nygdan. they changed the law.
Do you think he deserves 10 years?
Of course, There is the fact that it was the female that instigated the situation.
"exaggerating" enforcement of the law is really starting to become common
Not old enough to vote, join the military, or drink alcohol.
And yet senetenced for a mandatory 10 years.
All laws should have a "sunset" provision that makes the local, state, or federal government have to vote again in ten years to keep a law valid.
16 year old male was convicted of statuatory rape of a 14 year old female, even though the mother of the female and the 14 year old consented.
These types of cases make us look like a third world country.
Why is he still in prison? 2+ years later.
whom upon learning of the fine print of the law
Murders get less time than that it seems.
Personally I know of heaps of people that have sex at around that age, it's their choice and their business I think.
Two high school kids had sex
if he was 17 isnt he still considered a minor
I don't believe it should be considered "rape" if both of the parties are freely engaging in the act.
The guy was underage (18) when he did it, making him a minor as well.
Consensual sex between people just a couple of years apart should not be a crime, at the very most it should be a misdemeanor.
Originally posted by sylvrshadow
How can that be?? Here is a clear case of why the law was made and yet this woman was only given 90 days--- a mere 3 month sentence!
Originally posted by sylvrshadow
I have not read anywhere that any punishment was given to the girls, including the one who made the false claim of rape.
The case I was talking about that you quoted was an older woman, a teacher, who had sex with a student. That woman only recieved 90 days in jail. Her case was being tried at the same time as Genarlow Wilson's case. That to me is rediculous, and at the same time typically unsurprising.