Girlfriend’s revenge for infidelity results in child porn charges

Romantic relationships can make people do some pretty foolish things, especially those who feel like they have been betrayed by their significant other. Sometimes, the desire for revenge is so strong that the wronged person becomes blinded to how their act of retribution could have self-destructive consequences. This appears to be what happened in a […]

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Should ‘Romeos’ be treated less like rapists?: Part II

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about statutory rape charges brought against teenagers who have committed sexual acts with other allegedly consenting teenagers. Consent is a very tricky issue when paired with the concepts of age, maturity and responsibility for committing sex crimes. Some individuals mature far slower than others and states across the […]

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Should ‘Romeos’ be treated less like rapists?: Part I

Sexual acts committed by minors (and near-minors) with other minors can be complicated business. Statutory rape provisions in Wisconsin state law and state laws throughout the nation allow minors and very young adults to be prosecuted as statutory rapists, even if their alleged sex crimes were committed with a consensual partner of nearly the same […]

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Celebrity paternity scandal could bring statutory rape charges

We have previously written about the legal mess created by Wisconsin’s statutory rape laws. Charges of statutory rape often stem from consensual sex between two teenagers who are dating or in a committed relationship. In Wisconsin, a person younger than 16 years old cannot legally consent to having sex. Therefore, a 17-year-old boyfriend could be […]

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Should Wisconsin re-examine its statutory rape laws?

We have previously written about the penalties associated with sex crimes. In addition to prison sentences and fines, those convicted of sex crimes must face the stigma of being listed on Wisconsin’s sex offender registry. Being listed on this registry may limit where you can live or prevent you from getting a certain job. At […]

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