Dating a younger girl illegal
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.
Florida adopted a “Romeo and Juliet” law in 2007, allowing some people to petition the court to forgo registering as a sex offender.
Michigan has adopted similar legislation, and Illinois and California groups are pushing for those laws, too.
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5, 2015: Samuel Benda, now 21, was charged in 2011 with possession of child pornography for having a nude photo of his 17-year-old high school girlfriend on his cellphone, taken on the night of their prom.
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.
The girl also said she specifically recalled having sex with Knowlton on July 20 — three days after his 18th birthday.
Knowlton pleaded guilty to the charge in March, but the conviction will be wiped from his record if he successfully completes five years of probation.
Louis Park who has defended teens accused of sex crimes.