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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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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.

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.

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.

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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