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IN: Bill would allow adults to be charged for sex crimes they committed years earlier as minors

[indystar.com – 3/16/21]

Indiana lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow courts to charge people over the age of 21 as adults for child molestation acts they committed when they were teenagers.

Supporters say they are trying to address an unintentional gap in Indiana law. They say there is no way to criminally convict those who are over 21 years old for child molestation acts they committed as teenagers.

“There’s a gap in the law where the perpetrator has no accountability,” said David Powell, a representative from the Prosecuting Attorneys Council, in a hearing about the bill March 9.

Opponents of the measure criticized the idea of charging someone as an adult for actions they committed when they were children, potentially a decade ago or longer.

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I thought these laws were to protect teenagers and children. How many teens engage in risky behavior caused by raging hormones, peer pressure, immaturity, and other circumstances? Now the authorities want to press charges on someone who did something wrong as a teen. Will these laws include law makers and those holier than thou do gooders accountable for their sexual experience as teenagers? If not they need to stand down, back off and get off their judgmental pedestal!! Enough is enough with this bashing over sexual behavior in this freedom loving country. Freedom isn’t free but most Americans are dumber than a door knob.

So I wonder how many of them will voluntarily turn themselves in for having sex while in high school.

I hate that the Representative makes it so difficult to contact them to comment about their abuse of power. Most have you jumping through hoops to email them even if you are a constituent.
I guess I will just have to go the old fashion route and drive to her office to bitch slap her back into reality.

Oh well isn’t this now going to stir up a can of worms. Supposedly persons under 18 are not mature enough to consent to any type of sex. So by definition any type of sex between two persons under 18 is then considered non-consensual and can be charged for it. But who will be charged for it. The boy or the girl, the girl or the boy, either boy, either girl – what/who determines that?

What counts as child molestation when it involves two children? Who is the perpetrator and who is the victim? Oh the hell with it. Let’s just charge all persons that just turn 21 with some type of sexual crime they MUST HAVE committed when they were under 18 as most have had some sort of sexual connection/activity by that age with at least one person who was also under 18.

I could never understand this two way street. A person’s brain is not yet fully developed until around 25 but yet can be held responsible for things they MAY have done when they were 14?

Hoping someone would make this point @NE Penn. Just like sexting, who is what in the situation when both people are the perps possibly and the victim? The other question is why 21 and not 18? Are they defining 21 as an adult now instead of 18? Seems like a big grey area.

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