The Littlest Sex Offender
The Salt Lake Tribune relates Utah's latest attempt to save the children:
Utah Supreme Court justices acknowledged Tuesday that they were struggling to wrap their minds around the concept that a 13-year-old girl could be both an offender and a victim for the same act—in this case, having consensual sex with her 12-year-old boyfriend.
The Ogden, Utah, girl was put in this odd position because she was found guilty of violating a state law that prohibits sex with someone under age 14. She also was the victim in the case against her boyfriend, who was found guilty of the same violation by engaging in sexual activity with her.
"The only thing that comes close to this is dueling," said Associate Chief Justice Michael Wilkins, noting that two people who take 20 paces and then shoot could each be considered both victim and offender.
Here's a handy list of sex offender registries for all 50 states, catalogued under a banner reading "the life of each child is precious." For as long as these kids decide to live in Utah–or anywhere else that deems them sex offenders–they'll be treated as potentially dangerous. If they decide to move, the FBI will track them. In many localities, they and their families will face residency requirements. And no matter where they go, they'll be hostage to Foleyesque politicians with every incentive to stoke moral panic.
Whole thing here.