This is just insane! 20 or so years ago this was called "growing up" now it's a crime. At most, they should have been suspended for a couple days, not ruined for life! And I cannot believe parents are so darn clueless and ignorant!
SPRINGBORO - The 14-year-old boy charged with rape after having consensual sex with a 12-year-old girl is out of juvy and back home with his parents. But the young man's problems extend far beyond the charge.
Parents are appalled the pair was able to sneak out of class at Springboro Junior High to have sex in the bathroom.
"It was a stupid mistake," said Annette White, a mother of three children.
But now the boy is charged with rape. If convicted he could be committed to the Department of Youth services until he's 21. He would also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
- Why is it always the males problem? If it was consensual, and both agreed, then why isn't both charged with a crime? They both had sex with an underage child! Although, like I said at the top, this is insanity and they should not be ruined for life because of being kids!
"I think they're too young. I think it was a mistake. Kids having sex at that age is awful really. But I don't think he should have to register as a sex offender. That will be with him for life," said Annette's husband, David White
"It's awful because his life is ruined forever. Once you place that strong a label, you can't go back," said grandmother Sandy Hays
The Warren County prosecutor says the sex was 100% consensual. But Ohio law says anyone under the age of 13 years old is unable to consent. It doesn't matter that the boy is only 14 since the girl is 12. But most parents disagree. They believe a school suspension for both children would be a more appropriate punishment.
- Yes, and since that is an insane law, why aren't both being charged with a crime? They both broke the law!
"I think we need to look more closely at things that can ruin children's lives," said grandfather Tim Hays.
"There are some really bad sex offenders and this isn't. This isn't," agreed Sandy.
The boy will in juvenile court for his preliminary hearing on April 25th.