Avoiding incarceration when convicted of certain criminal acts in Wisconsin is not always possible. This fact may prompt many individuals to rethink their plans should what they hope to do be against the law. With regard to sex crimes, such charges are often aggressively prosecuted. One young man, a 17-year-old, has been devastated by a state law that allows him to be charged as an adult for his alleged role in a recent situation.
The young man was reportedly involved in a sexual relationship with a teenage girl. He said he had her parents’ permission to engage in sexual relations with her. The parents are said to have provided birth control devices for both him and their daughter.
The boy had apparently exchanged sex-related texts with his girlfriend. A problem arose when the same girl began sharing sexual images of herself with other boys in school. One of the boys made copies of the images and passed them around to others. Not long after, her boyfriend’s life was turned upside when he was charged as an adult for sexual assault of a child, possessing child pornography and sexual exploitation.
The boy says he thought he had nothing to lose by allowing a police officer to access his personal cell phone. He felt that since he had approval from the girl’s parents to have a sexual relationship with her, he had done nothing wrong. According to police, the girls’ parents not only disapproved of their daughter’s relationship with the boy in question, but later filed a restraining order against him to keep him away from her. It would obviously be a very complicated situation to be charged for sex crimes as an adult at the age of 17; any parent in Wisconsin with questions about such matters may seek answers through consultation with a criminal defense attorney.
Source: Newsweek, “Today, Romeo Would Be Jailed for Sexting Juliet“, Robby Soave, Sept. 25, 2016