Girl, 13, her boyfriend, 12, ordered to register as sex offenders after having consensual relationship with each other
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Two young teenagers were arrested after having sex with each other. Police said that as a result of the relationship, the girl became pregnant.
The names of the teens were not officially released to the media, but they are on the sex offender registry in Ogden, Utah.
In this ironic case, the 13-year-old unidentified girl, and the 12-year-old boy, are both on the sex offender list and are the victims in the case, because they had consensual sex with each other.
The two violated a Utah state law that criminalizes having sex with a person under 14 years of age. Although they were both children, Utah State officials found them guilty of sexual abuse of a child.
The girl, who became pregnant from the encounter, is now 23-years-old. She has and been fighting to get her names off the sex offender list, but so far she has not been successful.
She states that her consensual sex with her baby’s father should not be considered a crime, and it is not a crime for 16-year-olds to have sex with someone of their own age group. She believes that young people should be treated equally.
A juvenile judge initially denied the girl’s appeal and the Utah Court of Appeals upheld the ruling, claiming that the law was to protect children from each other.
“A child cannot be a perpetrator and a victim in the exact same act,” Randall Richards, the girl’s attorney, said.
They are appealing to the Supreme Court of Utah.