‘When Ricky was 16, he met a girl named Amanda, who said she was the same age. They hit it off’…

Los Angeles, CA–“When Ricky was 16, he 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.“Amanda turned out to be 13. Ricky was arrested, tried as an adult, and pleaded guilty to the charge of lascivious acts with a child, which is a class D felony in Iowa. It is not disputed that the sex was consensual, but intercourse with a 13-year-old is illegal in Iowa.“Ricky was sentenced to two years probation and 10 years on the Iowa online sex offender registry.
Ricky and his family have since moved to Oklahoma, where he will remain on the state”s public registry for life.“Being labeled a sex offender has completely changed Ricky”s life, leading him to be kicked out of high school, thrown out of parks, taunted by neighbors, harassed by strangers, and unable to live within 2,000 feet of a school, day-care center or park. He is prohibited from going to the movies or mall with friends because it would require crossing state borders, which he cannot do without permission from his probation officer. One of Ricky”s neighbors called the cops on him, yelled and cursed at him, and videotaped him every time he stepped outside, Ricky said. “‘It affects you in every way,’ he said. ‘You”re scared to go out places. You”re on the Internet, so everybody sees your picture.'” Excellent article by Hanna Ingber Win on the way innocent teenage boys can have their lives destroyed for relationships which, in any normal country, nobody would think twice about. The story is Is Ricky Really a Sex Offender? California”s registry for life may soon include promiscuous kids (2/20/08). Thanks to Michael, a reader, for sending the story.

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