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December 16, 2008

Another example of gender bias in adult-youth sex offense sentencing?

I am noticing more and more sentencing cases involving sexual trysts older women and younger boys in which gender dynamics seem to have a major impact on sentencing outcomes.  Here is a local report on another such case from Colorado:

If the roles were reversed, would the accused be treated the same? The question was repeatedly raised during a sentencing hearing Monday for a 31-year-old Grand Junction woman charged with several felonies for having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old boy.

Theresa Millon, 31, ended up pregnant by the same boy and repeated on Monday her main defense to the charges: That she was sexually pursued “for weeks” before giving in to the boy’s desires.  “I’ve wondered if this was a male offender making the same argument — that the girl kept coming on to me and I gave in — how I would take that,” District Judge Richard Gurley said toward the end of Millon’s hearing. “I wouldn’t be very receptive to that argument.”

Millon was sentenced to a term of 10 years to life on probation — Millon will have to successfully complete an intensive sex-offender treatment program.... Millon’s sentence was left to the judge’s discretion, per the terms of a plea agreement struck with the District Attorney’s Office. Millon pleaded guilty to a lone count of sexual assault on a child....

Millon said the boy claimed to have “been with” several other women in their 30s. She learned she was pregnant in April or May and had an abortion in early June.

Millon will likely lose custody of her own two children as a result of her guilty plea.

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Posted by: trotoo | Jan 1, 2009 3:01:53 PM

they should give 10 years to life

Posted by: RJ | Jan 10, 2009 10:46:13 PM

Good analysis. I've had th is on my mind lately, but I don't draw a lot of comments so dealing with the issue hasn't been a priority to me. http://blogsolution.15y.org/blogs/Vanessa-Lane/ I've been trying to avoid posting formal terms of service in the standard legalese because it evokes an atmosphere I'd like to avoid. But I will revise my templates and terms today to make matters a little more clear.

Posted by: blogsolution | Feb 11, 2009 7:07:46 PM

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