A former Seminole County Assistant State Attorney will avoid prison for having sex with a 17-year-old girl. Additionally, he will NOT have to register as a sex offender, and his only punishment will be serving two years on community control and eight on probation.
How many people on the highly punitive registry in Florida for life, who had consensual sex with a 17-year-old, would trade more time in prison just to have their name removed from the registry? And that was for consensual sex. This victim claimed rape.
There are registrants who cannot find a decent-paying job, who cannot live in their family home, who have to hand a branded driver’s license over for others to see, whose online reputation has been destroyed, who cannot attend their grandchild’s school graduation, and who quite possibly will be banished for life by society unless laws are made based on research findings, while an assistant state attorney receives basically a slap on the hand.
This is a result of living in Florida; in New York state, the age of consent is 17.