Monday, September 1, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
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Age of consent still 18

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From page A11 | January 22, 2014 |

I am truly outraged by the front page article (Jan. 15, 2014), “Defense Calls for Dismissal.” Even the hint that intercourse between a 13-year-old girl and an adult male may have been consensual offends me. I wondered whether the statutory rape laws had been repealed. I found the following in my research.

The California Penal Code states: Unlawful sexual intercourse is an act of sexual intercourse accomplished with a person who is not the spouse of the perpetrator, if the person is a minor. For the purposes of this section, a “minor” is a person under the age of 18 years and an “adult” is a person who is at least 18 years of age. The law further states: Any person 21 years of age or older who engages in an act of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor who is under 16 years of age is guilty of either a misdemeanor or a felony, and shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by imprisonment . . . for two, three, or four years.

Even if the girl had lived, the perpetrator ought to be penalized according to the law after conviction. Dismissing the case or reducing the penalties on technicalities would be a travesty.

The girl is dead, for heaven’s sake!

Marianne Tong

Fairfield

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  • The MisterJanuary 22, 2014 - 7:44 am

    Along these same lines of Age of Consent, Marianne, how is it that we accept homos-xual clubs in high schools? To be a homos-xual, by definition, one must engage in homos-xual s-x. Homos-xual clubs in high school promote s-x to children under the age of consent. Schools allow, promote and protect homos-xual clubs in school. Shouldn't enticing a minor into s-x be punished regardless if it's a harry-backed thug in a wife-beater T shirt or a school administrator in slacks and a tie? I'd recommend the DA go for felony charges on that.

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  • The MisterJanuary 22, 2014 - 7:45 am

    Along these same lines of Age of Consent, Marianne, how is it that we accept hom0sexual clubs in high schools? To be a hom0sexual, by definition, one must engage in hom0sexual sex. Hom0sexual clubs in high school promote sex to children under the age of consent. Schools allow, promote and protect hom0sexual clubs in school. Shouldn't enticing a minor into sex be punished regardless if it's a harry-backed thug in a wife-beater T shirt or a school administrator in slacks and a tie? I'd recommend the DA go for felony charges on that.

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  • streetJanuary 22, 2014 - 7:56 am

    @Mister; say what?? Maybe a good idea to take a break today. Your two posts with this and BART have obviously tired you out.

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  • The MisterJanuary 22, 2014 - 10:02 am

    Ahh, you're so cute, Mr Street. But you're cuteness doesn't substitute for a reasoned discussion. But if that's the best you can do, well, bless your heart.

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