Minor dating adult law
Attempts to reach Knowlton for comment were unsuccessful. Yang, 19, who is pursuing a law degree at Briar Cliff University in Iowa, said it wasn’t fair for his former friend to be charged with a felony for a consensual, long-term relationship.“The punishment didn’t really fit the crime,” Yang said.While researching his friend’s case, Yang discovered that other states had adopted Romeo and Juliet laws to lessen the penalties for young adults convicted of such crimes, and he asked state Rep.Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights, to support that here.“Of course, she’s under the age of consent, and no matter what it’s not right,” Yang said.“But it’s not fair to put him in the same category as a predator.” Atkins said he is pursuing more information about the issue.He was banned from Simley and from having contact with girls younger than age 16.He was ordered to 30 hours of community work service and three days in jail.
Benda’s father, James Benda, said teens convicted of these crimes face an uphill battle when looking for jobs and going to college because of the social taboos of sex offenders. 5, 2015: Samuel Benda, now 21, was charged in 2011 with possession of child pornography for having a nude photo of his 17-year-old high school girlfriend on his cellphone, taken on the night of their prom.