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August 19, 2010

"Can an 11-year-old be a sex offender?"

The question in the title of this post is the headline of this intriguing piece at Salon reporting on a recent case from England.  Here is how the piece starts:

To tell it one way, on Wednesday, a British judge let the two accused sexual assailants of an 8-year-old girl go free.  Or to put it another way, a pair of little boys have been put on trial for their innocent curiosity, and now carry the stigma of being registered sex offenders.

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if an 8 year old girl takes a nude picture of herself with her cell phone, did she manufacture child pornography?

Posted by: . | Aug 20, 2010 8:39:12 AM

"if an 8 year old girl takes a nude picture of herself with her cell phone, did she manufacture child pornography?"

Yes, in a police state.

Posted by: John K | Aug 20, 2010 9:05:27 AM

guess that's not us yet. since in this joke of a country they would prosecute ANYONE she sent it to BUT never file the first charge against her.

Posted by: rodsmith | Aug 20, 2010 10:28:30 AM

headline: "Can an 11-year-old be a sex offender?"

me: at least in Iowa

(seriously, look at the Iowa Sex Offender Registry - juvenile offenders, some as young as 11 at the time of the offense, are listed)

Posted by: virginia | Aug 20, 2010 7:00:49 PM

This is not innocent sexting. This is forcible rape. However, they learned how to do that, they know. They are unfit to live among the public. Beyond any bogus, phony, worthless sex registry, this crime should count as 1 in 123D. Amazing how the sympathy is this garbage left wing propaganda is for the lawyer clients only.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Aug 20, 2010 9:07:58 PM

Student

Why are we focusing on England when the same thing is going on in the U.S., particularly Atlanta, GA? The juvenile court in Atlanta has a history of putting young boys on probation for engaging in sexual acts with the consent of the other party involved. During the later part of spring this year, in Atlanta, a Hispanic boy was adjudicated delinquent, for allowing a young lady, older than himself, to perform fellatio on him.

The juvenile court judge was surprised with the 'lesser charge' brought against the young boy by the prosecutor but did nothing to stop it, and the child's defense attorney allowed it. As history has taught us, prosecutors, judges, and defense attorneys in Atlanta all sleep on the same bed praying they don't wake up wet as a result.

However, in an effort to remain on topic, I will say that it is rather unfortunate that govt's, England or the US, do not provide adequate rehabilitative services for youths and adolescents, the little girl included, in the hopes of creating responsible citizens that consider the consequences of their actions and words and not engage in criminal activity later in life.

Posted by: Trixie | Aug 21, 2010 11:18:02 PM

student:

Inosence is not an excuse.. But what they see is what they do.

Posted by: franz walaks | Sep 19, 2010 1:01:55 PM

this is why i never told anyone what was going on. they made it seem consenual if the girl agreed without them doing anything that's different but when your threatened every day that if you dont do what they say you'll die. i was 8 he was 11, you tell me what was that then when i still have nightmares to this day, what the hell was it if i didnt want it was it just curiousity then?

Posted by: wrong | Jan 7, 2012 5:30:19 AM

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