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14-Year-Old Boy Facing Assault Charge, Sex Offender Registry for Sex with 12-Year-Old Girl

A Houston-area seventh-grade boy has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child because he engaged in consensual sex with his sixth-grade girlfriend.

Unless a judge decides to show leniency, he could be forced to register as a sex offender. Full Article

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  1. AJ

    “Actually, the sex offender registry is not just for pedophiles and child molesters. Plenty of perfectly non-dangerous individuals—including kids—end up on the registry for the kind of crime this mother’s son is accused of committing. It’s wrong, and the laws sustaining this sort of moral panic need to change.”

    Wow! The above is the second-to-last paragraph in this item. (Can’t call it a news story with the above editorial tacked on.) Heartening to see this tossed out there to rebut the mother’s misconception of RCs. I guess her little Johnny isn’t one–though the law paints him just like you or I are. Huh. It sure sucks when someone you care about is improperly lumped in with others, doesn’t it mom?

    –AJ

  2. AlexO

    If the ages were reversed, would it have been the girl who was prosecuted?

    I also find it fun (in a dark way) that due to both people being underage their names were redacted from the story but will be available on the public registry.

    • AJ

      @AlexO
      Yes, a bit of schadenfreude (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/schadenfreude), which I find myself having quite often with some of these stories where someone thinks *they* should be the exception to the “regulations.” Umm, *I* want to be an exception, too, as does everyone on the list!

      –AJ

      P.S. I definitely have empathy for the kids in this story, just as I have empathy for ANYone on a registry. For the mom, not so much.

  3. Not Really

    More and more the registry makes the headlines as part of the punishment.

  4. Joe

    He would not be the youngest child to be put on the registry in Texas by a fair margin. I remember reading about an 11 year old boy.

  5. ReadyToFight

    Age is Irrelevant. If it has a penis, it’s a threat to society. Bottom line.
    If something doesn’t change, we’ll all be wearing triangles pinned to our shirts. God Bless America.

  6. Michael

    Too young to be having sex, but not something that warrants criminal charges or registration.

  7. Ron

    Ok this whole thing is dumb. But, didn’t the girlfriend also have sex with a minor? Why wasn’t she charged as well? If you cannot give consent until you’re 18, then they both raped each other. Both should be in jail. – of course this whole thing is idiocy.

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