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The Justice Department Prosecuted A 10-Year-Old As A ‘Sex Offender’

A federal appeals court is getting ready to hear the case of a boy who was prosecuted for engaging in sex acts with other boys when he was just 10 years old, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Lawyers for the unnamed boy are appealing a court’s ruling that found him “delinquent” — the juvenile equivalent of guilty — for having sex with other young boys on an Arizona Army base. Full Article

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  1. Janice Bellucci

    It is amazing that this case has gotten this far! This child should have been tried as the juvenile that he is and not treated as an adult. At the age of 10, most children do not fully comprehend the acts they commit. This child needs therapy, not incarceration and a label of “sex offender” for the remainder of his life. Perhaps this case will help to educate the public regarding the legal system and how it has lost both its focus and its sense of justice.

    • David Kennerly

      Many of us would go much further, of course, and recommend that consensual “sex play” between kids should never be prosecuted, in either court, adult or juvenile. I would like to see RSOL take the lead in this rather than advocating that children’s rights are, somehow, in need of compromise. This position may be a means of placating those who are contemptuous of children’s rights and threatened by their sexuality but it lacks the courage necessary to adequately defend the liberty of kids.

  2. Jason Shelton

    I often wonder how it is that a teen, under the age of 18, cannot make informed decisions about sexual interactions, but somehow a ten year old can and should be held responsible for the rest of their life.

    If I never get off the registry myself, I hope I at least see a day when this sort of thing is never allowed to happen to a young child again.

    • George Mead

      That is a very good point. The fundamental underlying concept justifying “age of consent” laws is the supposed lack of ability to make informed consent. I personally think it is nuts. A friend of mine is serving what is effectively life without in Nevada for taking erotic pictures of some teenage, fully clothed girls. At their request. These girls were old enough to consent to full sexual intercourse, under Nevada law, “age of consent” is 16. But he was charged with producing child pornography. Your old enough to do it at sixteen but not “mature” enough to consent to being photographed, even if you are clothed and not engaging in actual sex acts. You are mature enough to operate potentially deadly machinery on the public roads though.

      There is an excellent book on the subject of prosecuting minors as sex offenders by Judith Levine called “Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex”. It was very controversial when published ten years ago, many groups calling for its being banned. It was banned from Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada.

  3. Larry

    This is nothing short of insanity! God sent each and every one of us here with our basic instincts, and sex is one of those instincts we humans (animals too) are hardwired with. Weather they like it or not;children are going to experiment regardless of any laws pushed upon society by a 14th century minded few. Are we to assume the hypocrites that push these unconstitutional laws, as well as the people that prosecute these kid’s were themselves pure and saint like growing up? And they never had sexual feelings or experimented as children? If that be the case then they were as abnormal as they are now, with their way out there ideas that the government should be the arbiter of the sex conduct of the entire populace. I feel as though our society has been taking giant steps backwards and oppression is the rule of today.

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