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 I wondered whether the statutory rape laws had been repealed.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!