In Pennsylvania, teens + poor judgment = a criminal record

By Joshua Vaughn . . . At a Pennsylvania school, an 18-year-old female student was arrested for a consensual sexual act with a 16-year-old boy.

In February, 18-year-old Mariea Starr, a senior at Waynesboro Area Senior High School in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, faced a terrifying, life-altering punishment: the possibility of 25 years on the sex offender registry.

But the offense in question was not a sexual assault or the molestation of a child; instead, it stemmed from a Dec. 7 incident in which Starr was caught by another student allegedly performing oral sex on a boy in a school stairwell.

A female student told the school’s assistant principal that she witnessed Starr getting up from her knees in the stairwell while the boy quickly pulled up his pants, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Officer Matthew Gordon of the Waynesboro Area School District Police.

Because Starr had turned 18 two months before the incident and the boy she allegedly engaged in oral sex with, while also a high-school student, was a minor, Starr was charged with misdemeanor open lewdness and felony unlawful contact with minors which carries a Tier II sex offender designation.

Tier II sex offenders are considered a moderate risk of reoffending but are nonetheless subject to registration requirements for 25 years, including being photographed by Pennsylvania State Police twice a year.

While statutory sexual assault in Pennsylvania requires the victim to be under 16 years old and that there be more than a four-year age difference between the victim and the defendant, the charge of unlawful contact with minors stipulates only that the defendant be 18 years or older and the victim be under 18.

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    By Joshua Vaughn . . . At a Pennsylvania school, an 18-year-old female student was arrested for a consensual sexual act with a 16-year-old boy. In Feb
    [See the full post at: In Pennsylvania, teens + poor judgment = a criminal record]

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    “Tier II sex offenders are considered a moderate risk of reoffending …”

    And this is why tier systems are just as full of shit as the registry itself.
    She’s 18, he’s 16. They are within 2 yrs age of each other!!! “Moderate risk of reoffending”??!!!
    Yeah because I’m sure when she’s 25, she’s really gonna give a damn about 16 yr old “boys”. 🤦🏻‍♂️

    I’m so fed up! I am SO. FED. UP.
    NARSOL, PLEASE!!! When you advocate, you HAVE to start telling it like it is. You may have to use a disclaimer such as “We mean no disrespect here, but let’s be rational about such situations – these are horse crap reasons to ruin someone’s life. And most of what you deem sex offenses are just like this case and like Genarlo Wilson and like so many other CONSENSUAL acts. How do you justify referring to these people as threats to public safety?”

    I mean, you guys and gals at NARSOL can surely find a way to phrase the language but please, STOP SUGARCOATING! There is NO VICTIM in this consenting act with a male who is of age to operate a motor vehicle.

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    TS

    In a petition to form its police department, the district stated it needed a police officer to “protect the students, staff, and property … and maintain an orderly and safe learning environment.”

    Sounds like Gestapo tactics in their method of maintenance and job justification in maintaining such an environment without rational thinking.

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    Tim L

    Fellow Americans,

    Are you sure you want the government involved in defining the sexuality of your children?
    Why let them make it their business, fools all.

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    Svejk

    I have long been advocating national resistance to the registry. See, the thing is that you need participation on a large scale. Typically, what happens is everyone shouts and clamors and says they’re in, but when it comes time everyone is too afraid for their own skins and slinks away, leaving the few brave souls to fall on their swords.

    I have also repeatedly suggested filling out complaint forms to the UN High Commissioner On Human Rights. There are 800k+ of us on a registry. If *that* doesn’t constitute a pogrom or class maltreatment, than I don’t know what does. Even if they UN can do nothing, the sheer embarrassment of having it brought up in front of the council might be enough to rock the heels of the government. At any rate, it is a good step forward that costs N.O.T.H.I.N.G!

    Speaking of which, what cases is NARSOL currently fighting? I don’t really see a list, or any progress reports. Soon the gubbamint’s motion to dismiss the procedure against the IML will be decided upon. This is important to me. I don’t plan to surrender my passport, but if we cannot get anything rolling soon, I do intend to move to Europe, either through relocation or asking for asylum. Since 95% of the European countries do not have such lists and the requirements under them are illegal and against human rights, I think I might have a good chance at either.

    Anyway, that’s my 2 cents. I feel for you folks with the overstamped ID/DL issue. For my fellow veterans,all you need to do to get your discount is produce a DD-214, VFW membership card or VA ID. I didn’t spill blood (mine and others’) for my country to treat me like this!

    Svejk

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    “A female student told the school’s assistant principal that she witnessed Starr getting up from her knees in the stairwell while the boy quickly pulled up his pants, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Officer Matthew Gordon of the Waterborne Area School District Police.” This is not evidence she did not see sexual activity!

    There are no consequences when the prosecutors, and courts get it wrong in some states to combat some of this stuff it would be very beneficial to at least make it incredibly expensive to get it wrong. When someone is wrongfully convicted of a crime it should be an EPIC loss for the state. This would make convicting people without evidence allot less desirable.

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