Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Let me preface this post by saying that I'm against sexual predation, et cetera, et cetera.

So, those who read the news know of the sting in which a UGA student, believing he was soliciting sex from a fifteen year old girl, was arrested--the person he was chatting with online was actually a police officer.

Here's what I find interesting about it. In cases of statutory rape, they say it doesn't matter whether you know that they're underage or not. If your partner uses a false ID that shows them to be over 18, it's still considered statutory rape if they're underage. What this would tend to show is that the actual action matters less than the intent behind it.

So . . . if these fellows intended to seduce underage girls but were actually seducing adults, can you convict them? Is consistency too much to ask in criminal justice?

Mmm, poll, question: shall I send this in as a letter to the Red & Black?

Ooh, and deliciousness: one of the men arrested in the sting is the Pike County superintendent of schools.

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