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ID: Local woman gets jail time for sexual relations with teen boy

[ – 11/15/20]

ARCO — A Soda Springs woman will spend time in jail after an illegal sexual relationship with a teenage boy in 2016.

Amanda Katherine Steele, 35, was ordered on Tuesday by District Judge Darren Simpson to spend 90-days in jail followed by seven years on felony probation. Simpson suspended a three to 10-year prison sentence that could be served if Steele is not successful on probation.

Because Steele was not charged with a sex crime, she does not have to register as a sex offender.

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Given his age, it makes sense why she does have to register. What doesnt make sense is that somehow the same 17 year old can legally consent to sex with someone 22 or younger, but 23+ is suddenly a predator that manipulate them. How the hell do they arrive at these random numbers? I damn well bet it wasn’t through research.

SR@ – ” How the hell do they arrive at these random numbers?”

I think the answer to your question here is that persons of one age are more mature than persons of the same age stepping over a state line. Moving to another state for example the person matures once the move is complete. Moving back to the other state the person reverts to being less mature “magically” – overnight.

The thing is that an age has to be designated as a “final age” saying it is legal or not legal to do so. But I understand where you are coming from.

@ SR: I believe you may have misread it – She does NOT have to register.
So how does that work out? If it were a male, with several underaged female “victims”, he would certainly be shackled, pilloried, drawn and quartered and HAVE to register!!
There’s something questionable about this result.

SR, the fundamental mistake you made was in using the word “sense” as applied to sex laws. Most such laws are arrived at through moral panic and political opportunism by legislators and prosecutors. It is good politics to be tough on crime, particularly with certain populations, e.g. witches 200 years ago, commies in the 1950s, drug users and gays.

How does one make sense of the fact that in most states and the federal system, an adult of any age can have consensual sex with a 16 year old, but could receive a 15-year minimum federal sentence for taking her picture even if no actual sex is depicted (see 18 USC 2256(2)(B)(iii) where “lascivious” is a matter of interpretation)? Please don’t get the idea I am advocating teen sex. Rather I’m just pointing out that neither sense, nor objective data apply to sex offense laws.


@ Ed C: Very true. Sex offense laws seem to be based primarily on fear, discomfort, and public sentiment. 🙄

I hope you all will spare a compassionate thought for the victims of her heinous abuse. 😭

I’d have signed up for said abuse in a flash when I was 16. When I would hear stories of female teachers doodling students back in the day, it seemed to me that the victims of this “crime” were the shmucks like me in the class who weren’t in on the action.

I suspect LDS leadership wanted this story to go away as fast as possible. It wouldn’t be surprising if some of those teens’ grandfathers were LDS elders. 😒 *SMH*.

FWIW: LDS missionaries must refer to the Registry to avoid us terribly scary registrants. I have often been in my front yard or even on my stoop, reading a book, when they have walked by …. speaking to others but never stopping to speak to me or even make eye contact. 🙄 Maybe their magical underwear would burst into flames if they spoke to me?? 😳😬

Aha! So there is actually *one* benefit to the registries… I wonder if the JW peeps do the same.

And Fuller Brush, Avon and Amway! LOL 😄

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