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WI: State legislation would exempt teens from a felony for having consensual sex

[WKOW Madison, Wisconsin]

Sex between most Wisconsin high school students would be reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor, under the so-called “Romeo and Juliet bill” heard Thursday by the Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.

Public testimony brought out some very strong emotions from people who have seen their lives, and the lives of loved ones, turned upside down by a decision to have sex as teenagers.

Cindy Komorowski fought back tears as she told lawmakers about her teenage son, Mitchell.

“In the eyes of the law, he was looked at and treated no differently for being 18 years old and having consensual sex with a 16 year-old individual, as compared to a 20 or 30 year-old,” said Komorowski.

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