Dating a minor law
He was ordered to 30 hours of community work service and three days in jail.
Attempts to reach Knowlton for comment were unsuccessful. Yang, 19, who is pursuing a law degree at Briar Cliff University in Iowa, said it wasn’t fair for his former friend to be charged with a felony for a consensual, long-term relationship.
The photo is a reflection of her and Benda, his hands covering her body. The girl later told a Dakota County judge that she had forgotten about the picture until police came to her house and asked about it. Benda was convicted of felony child-pornography possession and is awaiting sentencing.
Teens and young adults sometimes aren’t aware of the possible criminal consequences of dating someone underage, attorneys say.
But no organized movement exists in the state to change the laws.
Other states have changed their laws to differentiate consensual sex from predatory crimes.
“It just angers me that our society considers him in the same breadth as a pedophile,” said James Benda, of Burnsville.
Once the conditions are satisfied, a judge will clear the defendant of the charges and dismiss the case.What seems like a high school romance can lead to a felony conviction and having to register as a sexual offender.And having nude pictures of a minor is technically possessing child porn.Benda’s father, James Benda, said teens convicted of these crimes face an uphill battle when looking for jobs and going to college because of the social taboos of sex offenders.A college already rejected his son because of his conviction, he said.
Louis Park who has defended teens accused of sex crimes.