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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Conn. Plans to Modify Teen Statutory Rape Laws

From Attorneys and legislators have complained that the two-year age difference is too narrow and that teenagers experimenting with sex can be treated like sexual predators because of it. Others say a felony conviction stigmatizes teenagers who wouldn't otherwise have been arrested and makes it difficult for them to find work.

But a bill that would increase the allowable age gap between sexually active teens from two to four years is on its way to the Senate floor. If it is enacted, Connecticut's statutory rape law will be similar to those of surrounding states.

"It's young people having sex. Every parent in the world doesn't want it to be happening," said state Rep. Michael Lawlor, D-East Haven, chairman of the General Assembly's judiciary committee, which introduced the proposed legislation.

"We're not saying it's good, we're just saying it shouldn't be a serious offense," he said.

Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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