Teenagers are made up of a unique blend consisting of genetics and environment. Wisconsin teens who were abused as children, or who may not have developed in normal ways mentally, may even hurt others around them or behave in ways that violate the law. While some adopt the attitude of simply locking the teen up in a juvenile facility, it is important to remember that some teens may not realize that what they were doing was wrong. These teens may have conditions that have gone unnoticed and untreated. However with proper medical attention, teens may be able to go on and lead productive lives.
This may be the situation for a 19-year-old Milwaukee boy who was caught engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old minor in the Pulaski High School locker room. This is not his first sexual offense but court documents indicate that he may have also been a victim. Furthermore, it is believed that the boy was “developmentally delayed” and his current attorney has asked for him to undergo a mental evaluation.
The boy was recently charged with 13 felony counts of possession of child pornography, which he allegedly downloaded off of the internet. He is unlikely to be prosecuted for the locker room behavior as the other boy indicated that it was consensual. The older teen is facing a substantial amount of jail-time, if convicted, as each count carries a potential prison sentence of 25 years.
Mentally challenged teens may face a hurdle when trying to fit into mainstream society, especially if they are not being treated for their illness. A criminal defense attorney who is experienced at handling cases involving sexual abuse and developmental issues may provide essential information when it comes to organizing a defense case.
Source: Journal Sentinel, “Tips on Wisconsin child porn cases took years to investigate,” Ashely Luthern and Gina Barton, Mar.1, 2014