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TN: Teen rapists to be charged as adults, added to sex offender registry under bills

One lawmaker is pushing for harsher penalties for teens convicted of rape in Tennessee.

The new legislation comes after two then-13-year-old boys were convicted of holding down a Clarksville girl, raping her and filming it. Just when the girl’s family thought they would get justice, a judge handed down a sentence of only six months in juvenile detention for one boy and six months probation at home for the other. Neither boy was added to the state’s sex offender registry. Full Article

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  1. SR

    So are you saying the registry is punishment?

    Also, you either try all minors as adults or non. Why is that some crimes are “they’re just children!” and others are “they should’ve known better!”. It’s one or the other, you can’t have both.

    • M C

      @SR, as a whole we are so backwards as to what should or shouldn’t be considered an adult crime and it’s not just with sex offenses and I’m not so sure 18 should be an adult either. How can we possibly with a straight face tell people that they aren’t old enough to drink or now buy tobacco products because they can’t make good choices under 21? And honestly, many men don’t make very good or mature choices even after that but that doesn’t mean they will not make better choices later. My offense was when I was 19. Did I deserve to be punished? Of course! But seriously at that time my maturity level was more on par with younger girls than girls my own age and that caused me to make stupid choices I would never make today. Should I have gotten the collateral consequences I’ve had? I don’t think so but at least I was actually a legal adult. So I completely disagree with these bills. I get that these 13 year olds need punishment & perhaps proper counseling/treatment to learn from what they did. I am however very against anything that will mess up their lives forever without a clean slate when they become adults.

      • Tim in WI

        Teen Rapist or Hormonal young male?
        Who defined the ambiguous term of rape? Sexual assault is just as ambiguous by any degree of measure. Pain plays no role in determining human interpersonal interaction? Hurt feelings as a felony?! If a young male should push up against a wall a female and push his face on her’s is rape? And if he should grope her too? A man bears his penis and a world erupts in convulsions?! A woman attempts to public feeding on breast and some should shut the f-up! Bust a man for paid service – fair and square, cops gotta film it?! Ask Mr. Kraft! The surveillance saints bugged Mr. Luther King Jrs lover’s apartment. He was a threat! Laughable at best! Who is it my northern neighbor is hard up against? Nowhere to go checkmate in 3.

  2. New Person

    It appears another case of “making a law based upon emotion”.

    Now, this ability to arbitrarily state when a minor is someone who doesn’t possess knowledge or when a minor is someone who can now be charged as an adult because they have knowledge reveals the inequality of laws.

    The best way to expose a bad law is to execute it to its fullest. Put all children on the registry if there exists this arbitrary choice of when a minor is a minor or when a minor is an adult.

  3. Dustin

    Couple of thoughts here:

    1. Isn’t there already a provision to try minors as adults when circumstances warrant it? Why wouldn’t it apply to rape? Guessing the DA down there didn’t want any possible political blowback, considering he probably tows the (idiotic) state line that 13-year-olds who deal dope or commit armed robbery are perfectly capable of thinking for themselves and mature enough to appreciate the consequences of their actions, yet too stupid to decide if they want to have sex or not. Come to think of it, if kids are to stupid to make their own choices regarding sex, wouldn’t that include whether or not to rape? Good luck getting a straight answer there.

    2. ANY law written in response to an isolated incident is ALWAYS BAD, particularly when there are provisions in the law that could/would have adequately addressed it already. Most of the time (if not all), the new law wouldn’t have done anything to prevent or alleviate the incident that inspired it in the first place.

    3. All this law does is grant the DA the discretion to charge minors accused of sex offenses as adults, something he probably already had. If the victim/family or the idiot legislator who wrote this bill have a problem with how it was prosecuted, they need to pick it up with the DA.

    4. So they finally acknowledge that putting a juvenile on the registry would ruin his life. Don’t know how registering juveniles ruins their lives, yet registering adults is merely regulatory. Again, good luck getting straight answers.

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