[…] Rodriguez completed his seven years’ probation without another violation, but he will forever be on the Texas sex offender registry. And what was the nature of the sex crime he committed? Well, when he was 19, Frank had sex with his 15 year-old girlfriend, Nikki Prescott, at her suggestion. […]
I’m going to go out on a limb here. This is wrong. Age of consent laws in this country range from the silly, to the utterly stupid.
Two teens, both in high school, and they call this “statutory rape”? The primary purpose for laws such as these is for the benefits of nosy parents who want to have complete control over their teens. I’ll admit there are situations where age of consent does make sense, but we need to rethink these laws, and make them more appropriate. Ability to consent is more about power (and the absence thereof) than about any arbitrary age ranges. There was clearly no “power over” involved in this situation.
Oh, and just to top it off, John Stossel interviews my state representative, Dan Patrick, in the associated video. You don’t want to miss that.