Monday, October 29, 2007

Genarlow Wilson: Teens Don't Know About "Statutory Rape" Laws



By SHANNON McCAFFREY, Associated Press Writer

The tough Georgia law that sent Genarlow Wilson to prison for having oral sex with a fellow teenager has been watered down. But in Georgia — and in many other states — it's still a crime for teenagers to have sex, even if they're close in age.

Legal experts say it's rare for prosecutors to seek charges. But, as the Wilson case illustrates, they can and sometimes do.

And the rising popularity of sex offender registries can often mean that a teen nabbed for nonviolent contact with someone a year or two younger might face the same public stigma as a dangerous sexual predator.

"It's ludicrous," Wilson's lawyer B.J. Bernstein said. "In order to look tough on crime they (lawmakers) are criminalizing teen sex." ( . . . )

Wilson was freed Friday after the Georgia Supreme Court found that the 10-year mandatory sentence he received for having oral sex with a 15-year-old girl at a New Year's Eve party in 2003 when he was 17 was cruel and unusual punishment. He had served almost three years in prison.

Wilson said in an interview Monday that he hopes to use his newfound celebrity to raise awareness among high school and college students. He said sex education classes are lacking.

"Most of the time they just tell kids, 'Use condoms,'" Wilson told The Associated Press

"That's not the only thing they need to know about sex. They need to know that they can actually go to jail."

Wilson will appear on behalf of an organization set up by his lawyer to help teens learn their rights. ( . . . )

Yahoo News

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

No remorse; no apology to the young lady who they had sex with while she was stoned on drugs or alcohol or both - which they videotaped by the way. 10 years may have been much - but he was not totally innocent.

Francis L. Holland Blog said...

If you believe in the Bible, then you know that no one is "totally innocent." We all fall short of the glory at times.

How long should one spend in jail for having consensual sex with a girl virtually one's own age and then taping that sex, with the girl's consent? Well, if everyone who did that spent ten years in jail, then the jails would be full of Genarlow Wilsons.

Anonymous said...

Holland: If you believe in the Bible, then you know that no one is "totally innocent." We all fall short of the glory at times.

How long should one spend in jail for having consensual sex with a girl virtually one's own age and then taping that sex, with the girl's consent? Well, if everyone who did that spent ten years in jail, then the jails would be full of Genarlow Wilsons.

Answer: It's still a crime. If you don't like it, take it up with the legislature. He could express some level of remorse. The way that you totally gloss over or fail to mention the fact that Wilson and his confederates had sex with a young woman while she was passed out unconscious. And they videotaped it. You just don't mention that at all. Don't you think that this is a crime that should be punished. A person cannot give consent when he or she is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Francis L. Holland Blog said...

We DID take it up with the Georgia legislature and the Georgia legislature change the law so that this act would not receive a ten-year sentence if committed today under the same circumstances.

I don't think you are really concerned about justice. So, why are you reading and commenting at the Police Brutality Blog at all?

Anonymous said...

Holland: I don't think you are really concerned about justice. So, why are you reading and commenting at the Police Brutality Blog at all?


Answer: You think that it was unjust to lock this guy up for having sex with an unconscious young girl? And videotape it... It seems like you are the one who is not concerned about young women or justice.

Francis L. Holland Blog said...

I've never heard anyone say that this girl was "unconscious."

Anonymous said...

Holland:I've never heard anyone say that this girl was "unconscious."

Answer: Then you don't know the whole story. There was another young lady at the party that night with whom Wilson and friends had sex. This young woman was under the influence of a drugs or alcohol when Wilson and chaps had sex with her and vidoetaped the incidence. Where is your outrage both the young women at the center of this controversy received death threats to prevent them from telling their story. What about that? You simply will not mention these very inconvenient facts because they kinda tarnish this halo that are trying to pin atop Wilson's head.

Anonymous said...

He does make a good point in this article about the dingbats who are passing out condoms and birth control to children. These fools are actually encouraging children to engage in sex which is illegal (statutory rape laws); now I think that law enforcement should crack down on them as well.

AndyShep said...

You all have a funny idea of what the word Consensual means.

There never would have been a case at all if the 17 year old girl had not gone to the police and said that she had been raped. It is almost never reported that the whole thing started because a seventeen year old Black girl was drugged and gang banged while semi-conscious and then dragged to a bathroom where she passed out and came to several hours later naked and degraded. She certainly did not feel that the sex was consensual and the fact that the men taped it and were showing it to all their friends had to make her feel victimized even further. The woman was degraded and abused. The idiot jury decided to aquit on the rape of the 17 year old, but the prosecuter had a slam dunk on the statutory rape case, a case that never would have gone to trial if the prosecuter did not feel that Wilson was a rapist based on the gang bang on the semi conscious 17 year old. There is not a single case of that law being used to put someone so close in age in jail where there was not another major crime involved.

Wilson never would be in jail if the Prosecuter did not feel based on the totality of the evidence against him that he was a rapist. He charged him with one crime because he felt he was guilty of another. Is that fair? The probably depends on if you have a daughter in the town where Genarlow lives. Almost every one of the boys he was with have subsequently commited other violent crimes. He is no Romeo.

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