While researching his friend’s case, Yang discovered that other states had adopted Romeo and Juliet laws to lessen the penalties for young adults convicted of such crimes, and he asked state Rep.
Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights, to support that here.
“It just doesn’t seem fathomable to me.” CRIME AND PUNISHMENT Weeks after George Knowlton started his senior year last fall at Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights, the 18-year-old athlete and honor-roll student was charged with felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct for having consensual sex with his 14-year-old girlfriend.
The relationship started months earlier when he was 17.
Teens and young adults sometimes aren’t aware of the possible criminal consequences of dating someone underage, attorneys say.
“The punishment didn’t really fit the crime,” Yang said.
And having nude pictures of a minor is technically possessing child porn.