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Man Raped at 14 Has to Pay Child Support

He found out only recently that he fathered a child 10 years ago

(Newser) - Nick Olivas got the shock of his life two years ago when he was hit with a child support demand from the state of Arizona—for a child he fathered when he was 14 years old. In that state, a child under the age of 15 can't consent to... More »

Man Hid in Teen Girl's Closet for 5 Days

27-year-old charged with statutory rape

(Newser) - A 27-year-old man who met a 14-year-old girl online and ended up moving into her closet for five days could face up to life in prison on charges including statutory rape. Police say that after communicating with the girl on social media for a few weeks, North Carolina man Jarred... More »

Man's 30-Day Sentence in Girl's Rape Is Bogus: Court

Initial judge, who blamed victim, cited as Montana Supreme Court overturns

(Newser) - Montana's Supreme Court today dumped the jaw-dropping decision of a lower court to sentence a high school teacher to 30 days in the rape of a 14-year-old student. The high court cited Judge Todd Baugh —who suggested that the victim, who later committed suicide, was partly to blame... More »

Phil Robertson's Advice: Marry 15-Year-Olds

If you wait until women are 20, they'll 'pick your pocket' instead of your ducks

(Newser) - Phil Robertson believes in a traditional definition of marriage: One man, and one teenage girl. Now that Robertson is a famous outrage magnet, his detractors are hunting for more potentially controversial quotes, and they appear to have hit gold with a 2009 clip, now circulating on blogs and social media,... More »

Teacher-Student Sex Isn't Necessarily a Crime

Former lawyer argues that 'utter hysteria' over underage cases isn't helping

(Newser) - And the honors for most provocative op-ed go to former lawyer Betsy Karasik, who argues in the Washington Post that the nation must curb its "utter hysteria" over cases involving teachers having sex with underage students: "I don’t believe that all sexual conduct between underage students and... More »

Teacher Gets 30 Days for Rape of Student, 14

Troubled girl later committed suicide

(Newser) - A Montana teacher found guilty of raping a troubled 14-year-old girl who later committed suicide will spend just 30 days in jail because the judge decided the girl was "older than her chronological age" and "was as much in control of the situation" as her teacher. After the... More »

On Day He Was to Marry, Teacher Charged With Rape

Not surprisingly, John Azabache's wedding called off

(Newser) - John Azabache was supposed to be getting married Friday. Instead, he ended up getting arrested for allegedly raping one of his 16-year-old students. Needless to say, the wedding was called off, but the Journal News reports that Azabache did still utter the words "I do"—when he was... More »

Homophobia Drove Statutory Rape Charge: Mom

Slams 'religious zealots' seeking to 'destroy my daughter'

(Newser) - A Florida teen has been charged with statutory rape and kicked out of school, and her mother says the case hinges on homophobia, the Raw Story reports. The parents of the alleged victim—some three years younger than suspect Kaitlyn Hunt, 18—"are bigoted, religious zeolites (sic) that see... More »

9-Year-Old Gives Birth in Mexico

Mom, baby healthy; police hunt for baby's father

(Newser) - A 9-year-old girl gave birth last month in Jalisco, Mexico, ABC News reports. The girl, called Dafne, and her baby are both healthy and have returned home, a hospital director says. The infant daughter weighed 5.7 pounds and was 20 inches long, AFP reports. Dafne had a C-section because... More »

Teacher Ducks Rape Charge by Saying 'I Do'

Leah Shipman marries 17-year-old former student

(Newser) - A former teacher in North Carolina has avoided statutory rape charges after marrying the alleged victim, the Wilmington Star-News reports. Leah Shipman, 42, was accused of sleeping with a 15-year-old student in 2009, but prosecutors reduced the charge to a misdemeanor after she divorced her husband of 19 years and... More »

US Locks Up Perverts for Crimes They Might Commit

The 'New Yorker' looks into America's sex-crime laws

(Newser) - The US justice system is punishing child-porn consumers in an unusual way—for crimes they may one day commit, writes Rachel Aviv in The New Yorker . Using sex crime laws that first arose in the 1980s, officials have discarded First Amendment protections for child porn users, and now keep prisoners... More »

Teen Girl's Rapist Fights for Visitation With Their Kid

Victim asks Massachusetts court to keep him away

(Newser) - A man who raped a 14-year-old girl in 2009 is now demanding visitation rights to see the child he fathered, reports MyFox Boston . His victim, however, wants the courts to keep him away. Part of the legal problem is that a judge sentenced the man, who was 20 at the... More »

Texas Teacher Accused of Group Sex With Students

Evidence includes video of her alleged encounter with teens

(Newser) - A startling case out of Texas: Former high school teacher Brittni Colleps, 28, could face up to 20 years behind bars after being accused of having group sex with four of her students, and a separate encounter with a fifth. Prosecutors in the case showed jurors cell phone footage of... More »

YouTube Video: 'Dad' Spanks Boyfriend for Statutory Rape

'That's what Chelsea got,' the attacker says

(Newser) - An apparent act of vigilante justice is going viral on YouTube and sparking a debate over the proper punishment for statutory rape, Huffington Post reports. In the video, a supposed dad spanks the adult boyfriend of his young daughter for having had sex with her. "You got lucky, James,... More »

NFL Cheerleader Pleads Not Guilty in Sex Case

Sarah Jones accused of sleeping with high school senior

(Newser) - The captain of the Cincinnati Bengals cheerleading squad and her mother both pleaded not guilty today to charges in a sex abuse case, the Kentucky Enquirer reports. Sarah Jones, 26, is accused of having an affair with a 16-year-old football player at a high school where she once taught—her... More »

Cop Suspected in Sex Crime Dies in Shootout

California cops suspected him of sexual misconduct with teenager

(Newser) - A California policeman yesterday shot and killed a fellow officer suspected of sexual misconduct, the AP reports. Police in Santa Maria learned of his alleged relationship with a 17-year-old girl and confronted him in the wee hours yesterday morning on duty at a DUI checkpoint. The officer resisted arrest and... More »

Paterno Cleared in Penn State Sex Scandal

But one columnist says he must resign

(Newser) - Looks like legendary football coach Joe Paterno is off the hook in Penn State’s sex abuse scandal , but other officials aren’t nearly so lucky. Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly told reporters today that two school administrators who resigned today "allowed a child predator to continue to victimize... More »

Another 11-Year-Old Gang Raped

Seven teens, one 19-year-old arrested for bathroom assault in California

(Newser) - Police in Moreno Valley, Calif., have arrested seven teens and one 19-year-old for allegedly gang-raping an 11-year-old girl in a park bathroom. The victim says she was about to get on a bus when a 15-year-old girl asked if she wanted to hang out at a nearby shopping center. The... More »

Facebooker Busted After Posing With Lover, 14

He was worried about cops, but posted anyway

(Newser) - Boasting about sex with underage girls is not the brightest thing to do on Facebook. Just ask Robert Nickson, 27, who was busted by Philly cops after crowing on his site about his 14-year-old fiancée. The couple, who described themselves as "engaged," posed together in a photo... More »

Don't Worry: Texas Will Get Warren Jeffs

State has a much stronger track record convicting polygamists

(Newser) - The Utah Supreme Court stunned prosecutors when it tossed out the only successful conviction against Warren Jeffs, the leader of the polygamist FLDS church. The ruling will make it extremely difficult to retry Jeffs in Utah, where the laws already make the prosecution of child-marriage cases difficult, Time reports. But... More »

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