WI: Wisconsin Act 174: Underage Sexual Activity better than Sexual Assault of Child but still a crime


By The Registry Trap . . . Yesterday, Governor Scott Walker signed 2017 Assembly Bill 414 (now 2017 Wisconsin Act 174), creating the brand new crime of Underage Sexual Activity. In a saner world, a statute specifically criminalizing consensual sex between teenagers wouldn’t be good news, but that’s not the world we live in.

As you already know if you’ve read Robert’s story, his conviction for that very same act carries a much uglier name: 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child. It’s also a registry offense. In addition, that crime was a felony, and a registry offense.

As of March 30 (one day after today’s publication of the Act), sex with a “child” who has attained the age of 15 will, if the actor is under the age of 19:

Be known as Underage Sexual Activity rather than 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child
Be a Class A misdemeanor rather than a Class C felony
Carry a maximum sentence of 9 months in jail, rather than up to 40 years in prison
Not require sex offender registration and reporting, unless it is necessary in the interest of public protection

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Wisconsin Adopts Romeo and Juliet Law…Sort of [theregistrytrap.com 3/30/2018]



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Finally looks like a CRIME that fits the punishment ! just 9 mos and no registry for something that was consensual, but I dunno about the 19 part… who cares if its a 26 yr old and a 16 yr old… consensual is just that…. NOT a ASSault…

Similar to the Nazi’s Paragraph 175.