Take, for example, the widely publicized case of Marcus Dwayne Dixon, an 18-year-old high school honor student and star football player who had sex with a 15-year-old female classmate.She claimed it was rape, he claimed it was consensual, and a jury acquitted him of the charges.An information in superior court designating the offense as a misdemeanor.2.
It’s unbelievable that I’m finally home after 14 months.
It’s awesome to be home with my family and friends.” Prior to his court case and conviction, Dixon had been offered a full football scholarship at Vanderbilt University, which was revoked after his arrest.
The Dixon case is just one in a long line of similar legal battles teens have faced in the last decade.
Whether you agree with this outcome or not, the fact remains that statutory rape is considered a serious crime, enforceable to the full extent of the law in many states – and can change the course of a teenager’s life forever.
The offense shall be treated as a felony for all purposes until such time as the court may actually enter an order designating the offense a misdemeanor.