As I was killing a little time after doing some legal research today, clearing my head as it were, I happened to browse through news.google.com to see what news was around for the states. I can across this.
Now I've dealt with similar cases in my career, but the age range in that particular case is a little extreme. 13 and 16, wrong but more understandable, but starting to date when she's 12 and he's 20? a little much...
Of course the legal parameters in my jurisdiction are a little different. Here the age of consent is 14, and we have the within 2 years rule for those under 14 (ie 14 minus 1 day and 15 and 1/2 is fine. 14 minus 1 day and 16 plus 1 day= statutory rape.) Looking at it in those parameters still leaves these people offside of course.
What do you do though? He's obviously developmentally delayed. Chronically hanging around with younger people, and it makes sense that only a younger girl would find him attractive. Unfortunately it was a much younger person. At least he's holding down a job and attempting to support his nascent family...
Of interest to is the differences in the states of Nebraska and Kansas for the age people can marry: "The governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius, embarrassed by her state's status as one of the few allowing children as young as 12 to marry, has said she will propose a raise in the minimum age when the Legislature reconvenes in January"
Overall it reminds me of the flashback scene in the episode of the Simpsons that explained why the City of Shelbyville and the City of Springfield became two cities from the same party of settlers:
"The city of Shelbyville was founded by Shelbyville Manhattan in 1796, who held the belief that people should be allowed to marry their cousins, a practice disallowed by fellow explorer and founder of Springfield, Jebediah Springfield."
I was going to post about this story but you beat me to the punch. All I can say is that when I was a junior and senior in high school, we banged or tried to bang all the worthwhile freshman girls, who'd be 14. Problem was there were these grads who were still hanging around, 18-20 years old and they'd get to 'em first. Good clean fun in my view. Though they weren't always so clean afterwards.
by anna at August 30, 2005 6:15 PM
You know what I think is even iller? A codger like Tony Randall seducing some 40-something babe, knocking her up and then dying on her, leaving the tot fatherless.
by anna at August 31, 2005 7:37 AM
I don't know about being charged with statutory rape, but he certainly should be charged with something for naming his daughter after the evil girl character from "The Ring."
by mg at September 3, 2005 8:13 AM
Bad taste should be, but isn't, a crime.
Look at the list (somewhere online) for the most popular baby names. Why do you think so many babies are named Emma?
Popular culture has some funny effects...
by chuck woolery at September 3, 2005 11:38 PM
Over the last two years of working with developmentally disabled people I've noticed that a lot of the ones we deal with had children either with other developmentally disabled people or with developmentally "typical" people under bad circumstances. I've seen a few females who were disabled and needed help with their infants where the father of the infant was under a restraining order. I wonder about every one of them who has a child actually, because I think only a handful are capable of giving consent.
by jean at September 7, 2005 6:54 PM