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14-Year-Old Boy Facing Assault Charge, Sex Offender Registry for Sex with 12-Year-Old Girl

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Hit and Run Reason

Public DomainA Houston-area seventh-grade boy has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child because he engaged in consensual sex with his sixth-grade girlfriend.

Unless a judge decides to show leniency, he could be forced to register as a sex offender.

That’s according to the Houston Chronicle, which redacted the names of both kids. The boy is 14, the girl, 12. Are they too young to be engaged in a sexual relationship? Sure. But what business is it of the state’s? Who is well-served by criminalizing this kind of thing? Certainly not the boy, who will face significant difficulties finishing school, getting into college, finding a job, and even just finding a place to live, if he is placed on the sex offender registry.

“The idea that a 14-year-old who has sex with a person just a little bit younger then him or her would be treated as the

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