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Stateline provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. Now some states, including their home state of Montana, are moving to reduce the penalties for sexual relationships between teens. Their story mostly has a happy ending. They reunited when Russell got out of prison.
And last month, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, granted Russell clemency. But there have been struggles, too. Hoping to spare other young couples severe consequences like those, the Fosters pushed for a bill the Montana Legislature passed last month that would reduce the penalties for teens caught engaging in consensual sexual activity.
Other states also are considering reducing the penalties for teens convicted of crimes associated with sexual activity. Last year, Kansas enacted a law that gives prosecutors the option of charging minors with a misdemeanor, rather than a felony, for exchanging lewd photos in text messages.
Connecticut is considering a similar bill this year, and the New York Legislature is considering a bill that would give teens a pass for consensual sexting. And Nevada is considering a bill that would give judges discretion over whether children convicted of sex crimes need to register as a sex offender.
Tough penalties for teens convicted of illegal sexual behavior were often written into statute over the past 20 years as part of broader efforts by state legislatures to protect children from predators, following federal laws that called for better tracking of sexual offenders. The state currently only has one charge at its disposal to address such cases: Legislators say crafting laws to limit sexual activity between teens requires striking a balance between giving young people a chance to explore their sexuality and protecting victims and punishing offenders when things get out of hand.
And in Colorado, prosecutors pushed to retain the right to charge some children with felonies. Under current Montana law, an offender who is more than three years older than the victim faces up to life in prison and must register as a sex offender.
Offenders who are just two or three years older than victims face up to six months in jail for a first offense. Under the new legislation approved by the Montana Legislature, sex between people 14 through 18 would still be illegal, but the punishment would be limited to five years in prison with judicial discretion over whether the offender needs to register.
But automatically adding perpetrators to the sex offender registry ruins their lives without making the community safer, she said. Prosecutors and those who treat sex offenders supported the bill, but groups including the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana called to expand the age range to include people in their early 20s.
But brain development continues into the mid-twenties, and without fully developed prefrontal cortexes, young adults struggle more with problem-solving and impulse control.
She suggested expanding the bill to cover to year-olds, as long as the activity is between people who are no more than five or six years apart. But some legislators worried that expanding the age range would allow young adults to take advantage of children.
Chas Vincent, a Republican. Mai Fernandez, executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crimes, said the law needs to protect young people who consent to sexual activity with someone older who may have more power and resources.
And advocates for victims in Colorado pushed to limit the penalties for teens whose sexting was only brought to light when another teen shared their image.
They could also petition the court to not be included on the sex offender registry. Lee, the bill sponsor, agreed that some cases can get serious — he pointed to instances where girls have committed suicide after having images of their bodies shared over the internet.
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