Young Sex Offenders
John Stossel - JFS Productions, Inc., NY Sun, October 17, 2007
[4 y old]
Imagine how DeMarcus Blackwell felt when he was told that his son Chris had engaged in "sexual contact and/or sexual harassment" at school. School officials in Waco, Texas, said Chris rubbed his face in the chest of a female teachers' aide.
Well, before you can imagine this father's reaction, you need to know one other fact: His son was 4 years old when the "sexual" incident occurred.
What got Chris into trouble was giving the aide a hug. Only after DeMarcus strenuously complained did the school change the boy's record from "sexual harassment" to "inappropriate physical contact."
[12 & 13 y old]
At least Chris wasn't sent to jail, as were 13-year-old Cory Mashburn and 12-year-old Ryan Cornelison of McMinnville, Ore. The boys were charged with five counts of felony sex abuse in the first degree because of their conduct toward some 13-year-old girls at their middle school.
Police officer Marshall Roache read the boys their Miranda rights.
What had the boys done?
The "victims" of the felony sex abuse don't consider themselves victims.
Officer Roache also claimed that the boys "dry humped" the girls. But the girls say all the boys did was "party boy":
The boys didn't touch the girls when "party boy" dancing, but Officer Roache still called it dry humping in his police report.
But punished they were. The boys were locked up for six days.
He said this happened six or seven times. The first night, their parents waited at the jail but couldn't see them or even talk to them on the phone. They didn't get to see their boys until two days later.
That's jail policy, the district attorney told their lawyer. No communications until visiting day.
After six days in jail, the boys were released but banned from school and from seeing many of their friends. The district attorney, who wouldn't talk to "20/20," demanded a trial. It took half a year before a judge would finally hear a motion to dismiss charges.
By that time, all the girls had signed affidavits saying they didn't think the boys should be prosecuted. The charges were dropped.
The district attorney says she'd do it again because she did nothing wrong.
Give me a break
Genuine sexual harassment is nasty, but it's also nasty when politically correct prosecutors and timid lawsuit-fearing school administrators jail kids for small infractions.
Adults should take a course in common sense before they upset more kids' lives over things like a hug or a silly game.