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Take Romeo off sex offender list.

Discussion in 'The OT' started by cj9788, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. cj9788

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    Under Illinois law, Shakespeare’s star-crossed lover would have been guilty of a sex crime for consummating his marriage to Juliet, who would not have been of legal age.

    Being guilty, Romeo likely would have faced a stiff punishment. On top of that would come a penalty that some people consider even worse: Romeo would have been placed on the sex offender registry. His name, address, description and photo would have been displayed online for all to see, and it would stay there either for 10 years or for life, depending on the charge.

    A House bill that passed 4-3 Thursday in the Judiciary II Committee would give Romeo and Juliet a way to get off the list. Under the legislation, a judge who found they posed no threat could remove them.

    This would benefit people like Shane Sanborg of East Moline. Sandborg and his wife are happily married, but because she was underage when they began having sex as teenagers, he is on the registry.

    “They were both under 18 when their situation occurred, and it was a consensual relationship,” said state Rep. Bob Pritchard (R-Hinckley), one of the bill’s sponsors. “They have three children, but he can’t go to school functions with them [and] he can’t go to parties with his children.”
     
  2. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    The laws do need serious modifications with kids in high school being sexually active. There's a huge difference in a sicko 30 year old sleeping with a 17 year old and an 18 year old high school senior sleeping with a 17 year old senior boyfriend/girlfriend. (Note - age of consent varies by state, but I used 17 as being a minor for sake of argument.)
     
  3. dpeters11

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    Agreed, kids have also gotten in serious trouble with sexting, facing child porn charges for receiving an image on their phones that they didn't solicit. In some states there are things that technically are felony crimes with a married couple.
     
  4. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    I didn't know Romeo & Juliet lived in Illinois back in the day! ;)

    I have wondered, oddly enough, if it wasn't sending a mixed message to tell kids not to have sex BUT require them to read Romeo & Juliet in high school and teach it as a great love story... one in which two underage kids disobey their parents, likely break the law, and end up killing themselves.

    Meanwhile...

    That "statutory rape" thing has long needed an overhaul. I'm pretty sure the original thought was to curb and prosecute the adults taking advantage of kids scenarios... Unfortunately, there has been a lack of common sense in applying the laws when both kids are under age. I've even heard of cases of a 15 year old boy being accused for having sex with a 16 year old girl... so even though the girl was older than him, he still bore the brunt of the punishment.

    Also... I'm reminded that my mother's mother (my grandmother of course) was 15 when my mother was born... That was during a time when there were still girls being married semi-commonly at 15-17 depending on where you lived in the US... and while it may not have been the wisest of things, she was married at that age as well... though under modern statues I'm sure that could have prosecuted as well.
     

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