Teens to be sex offenders for life?

LACityBeat.com tells the story of Ricky, who, when he was 16, "went to a teen club and met a girl named Amanda, who said she was the same age. They hit it off and were eventually having sex. At the time Ricky thought it was a pretty normal high school romance. Two years later, Ricky is a registered sex offender and his life is destroyed." It turned out Amanda was 13, below the age of consent, and Ricky was tried as an adult. LACityBeat not only looks at how new laws will affect juvenile offenders but also how they affect the victims, as well as the families of both offender and victim. Very difficult issues, here, that deserve thought and care.

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