Another heterosexual who can't leave children alone....
Wife, 16, Has Baby; Dad, 22, Faces Sex Charge
(AP) Sheboygan, Wis. A 22-year-old man who impregnated his 16-year-old wife when she was 15 shouldn't have to face prison time for what appears to be consensual activity, Sheboygan County, Wis., district attorney Joe DeCecco said Monday.
The state couldn't overlook the case, DeCecco said, but he noted the couple is now married and living together in apparent harmony.
"We can't ignore this kind of thing, but ... it is something that should not result in registration as a sexual offender or any appreciable jail time," he said. "Prison is out of the question as far as I'm concerned."
Jason Lee, 22, of Sheboygan, Wis., conceived a child with Jessica Yang in April when she was 15, according to a criminal complaint. The two were married six months later, two days after Jessica turned 16, the complaint said.
Lee was charged Jan. 10 with repeated sexual assault of a child, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison. He spent one night in jail and was released on a $20,000 signature bond.
DeCecco said he supported a deferred prosecution agreement, under which the felony charge would be dismissed if Lee stays out of trouble for a year.
The district attorney said he would send a plea agreement to Lee's attorney ahead of a hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
Lee told The Sheboygan Press on Monday he hadn't received official word of a plea deal but he would welcome the phone call.
"I would be happy. That would be a relief," said Lee, a part-time worker at Johnsonville Sausage. "I'd just like to move on with what I'm doing with my life and with my wife and kid."
DeCecco said a social worker at Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center alerted authorities, as required, after determining the mother had been having sex as an unmarried 15-year-old.
Wisconsin law allows individuals to marry at age 15 with parental consent. Had the girl been married at the time of conception, there would be no basis for the charge, he said.
Jason Lee's father said there was no reason to charge his son since Jason and Jessica are now married.
"I thought if they get a marriage license they should be OK," said Vang Pao Lee, 45, of Sheboygan. "If Jason goes to jail, who will support his wife and children?"
Jessica was hopeful the ordeal was near an end.
"Hopefully they will just drop it. I don't want to deal with it," she said. "It wasn't a rape or anything. We decided on everything -- having a kid, getting married, everything."
I just worry about the impact on young children. Can't these heterosexuals control themselves? Why do they keep insisting on recruiting young children into their lifestyle?
It's also noteworthy that this story comes from Wisconsin, where the sanctity of heterosexual marriage is now constitutionally protected. Age of consent? Who cares, as long as the two people aren't of the same gender.
*** Wednesday Update*****
Yet another heterosexual going after underage children:
Attorney Found Naked In Courthouse With 14-Year-Old
POSTED: 1:07 pm EST January 16, 2007
UPDATED: 7:02 am EST January 17, 2007
PHILADELPHIA -- A criminal defense lawyer was arrested after a sheriff's deputy found him naked with a 14-year-old girl in a courthouse conference room, authorities said Tuesday.
Larry Charles, 49, has been charged with solicitation, attempted statutory sexual assault and related counts, said Lt. Dan Bagnell of the Police Department's Special Victims Unit.
A sheriff's deputy making his rounds in the Criminal Justice Center on Monday afternoon looked into a lawyers' conference room on the third floor and discovered Charles and the girl, Bagnell said.
"He had asked for sex. But there was no physical contact we're aware of by the time the deputy arrived at the scene", Bagnell said.
Bagnell said the girl was not a client of Charles, but their exact relationship was not clear.
Charles was awaiting arraignment early Tuesday afternoon and bail was not yet set. A woman who answered the phone at his office said she could not immediately comment.
Courts were closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and it was unclear how Charles and the girl got into the conference room.
Though court proceedings were not in session, the courthouse was open for attorneys who might want to conduct other business in the building