So why isn't he labeled a sex offender? I am sure there were children there who saw this, and it was a sex crime, but, he's the son of a state representative, and laws do not apply to them, we all know that.
By Heath Urie (Contact)
House majority leader says 17-year-old son regrets running naked Friday night
A 17-year-old boy arrested Friday night for streaking in front of about 6,000 football fans at Boulder High School is the son of a prominent state legislator.
State House Majority Leader Alice Madden (Email), an influential Boulder Democrat, confirmed Saturday that her son, Tom, was arrested for what she called a "pretty stupid" stunt.
"Every year it seems like someone streaks at this football game," said Madden, an attorney and member of the state Legislative Council. "Unfortunately for us and our family, this year it was our son."
The teen was arrested during half-time at the cross-town rivalry football game between Boulder and Fairview high schools.
Fans saw the streaker running across Recht Field, carrying a fake sword, which his mother said was to represent his pride in the Fairview Knights.
Tom Madden, a junior at the school, managed to dodge several security guards before he fell over a fence and was caught. He was booked at a Boulder juvenile detention center and later released to his father.
"I think he's in shock that something he thought was funny could end up being something very, very serious," Alice Madden said. "My husband and I are very disappointed. We've talked about it a lot and he faces punishment at home and he's going to have punishment at school."
She said she does not know whether the teen will be suspended from school.
"He said he wishes he could take it back," Alice Madden said. "I think the whole process was one (of him) thinking it was very funny and what happens at these games, and now he realizes everyone else and the police take this far more seriously."
The boy faces a class-one misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure, Boulder police Sgt. Pat Wyton said Saturday.
The charge carries fines ranging from $500 to $5,000 and/or a sentence of six to 18 months in jail.
Wyton said it's also possible that a judge would order the teen to register as a sex offender, although that scenario is unlikely because a judge might view the stunt as less serious than other indecent exposure offenses.
- Of course, he's the son of someone who is known and liked, so he will get slapped on the wrist!
"It's a kid running across a field as a prank ... I'm sure he's going to get some kind of referral or restorative justice," Wyton said.
- They would not say that if it was a 30 or 40 year old man, now would they? HYPOCRISY, IT'S THE AMERICAN WAY!
Alice Madden, who will leave the state House in January due to term limits, has been a supporter of such programs.
Earlier this year, she co-sponsored a bill including restorative justice programs -- such as mediation -- in the juvenile justice code. The bill was signed into law in March.
Contact Camera Staff Writer Heath Urie at 303-473-1328 or email@example.com.