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  •  He wasn't over 18. He was 17. (10+ / 0-)

    They were both kids. One was barely over the age of consent, one just barely under. They were, to a first approximation, the same age.

    And the evidence seems to be that she talked him into having sex.

    Seeing as you're the father of a 9-year-old girl, I'll cut you some slack, but you're being irrational. Healthy teenagers have had sex with their age contemporaries since the beginning of recorded time -- and in fact, long before that. It's coded in our genes. You are completely wrong to call him a pedophile. A pedophile is a fully grown adult who pervertedly preys on young children. A couple of teens groping each other in mutual lust is not perverted at all, it's normal and healthy. We just happen to have created a society where we foolishly expect humans to remain infantile until they reach an arbitrary cutoff instant, at which point suddenly they're adults.

    It's more of the same either/or thinking that causes so much trouble in the debate over abortion.

    By the way, the age of consent is 16, in Georgia. This number varies state by state (though human biology does not, and a teenager will in fact mature at the same pace regardless of what local laws happen to be). If you think 18 should be the age of consent, then by your measure he was a minor, too.

    Have you actually checked what the age of consent is in your state? It's kind of a scrambled mess. Law doesn't cope well with gray areas, especially ones connected with sex. You might be surprised to find it's not 18...

    Folly is fractal: the closer you look at it, the more of it there is. - TNH

    by Canadian Reader on Mon Jun 11, 2007 at 11:39:36 AM PDT

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