Before his lawyers were finally able to get the Georgia Supreme Court to hear his case and rule that his 10-year sentence was cruel and unusual, this former scholarship student had spent two years in prison.
(At the time, the Georgia law allowing similarity of age to be taken into account applied only to vaginal sex, not oral sex.) Both sets of parents could have helped to avoid this horrendous incident by training and teaching their teens about the law, but more importantly about boundaries, and about building healthy relationships through respect for themselves and respect for others.
Love knows no bounds, but it can be impacted by the law.
Visit law.cornell.edu/ to see minor laws specific to your state.
While dating a minor may not necessarily be illegal, certain activities are prohibited in Ohio.
While there is no specific definition of "dating" in Ohio, the law generally prohibits sexual conduct between adults and those minors not of the age of consent.
As long as there is no sexual contact, the teens are free to date platonically, although common sense should rule parents' judgment in this situation.
Rarely does a 14-year-old have much in common with an 18- or a 19-year-old, and parents should ensure that their teen is not involved in such an imbalanced relationship.
She carries a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in teaching.