Minor dating adult law
“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.
Florida adopted a “Romeo and Juliet” law in 2007, allowing some people to petition the court to forgo registering as a sex offender.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.Such a legal arrangement is called a stay of adjudication.It means a defendant won’t be adjudicated as guilty, as long as he or she complies with the court’s conditions.
“It almost makes you aghast to see how serious this stuff gets,” said John Leunig, a criminal attorney in St.