Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Will Georgia Marriage Law Shield Pregnant Woman Who Eloped With 15-Year-Old Boy?

A pregnant 37-year-old Georgia woman who eloped with a 15-year-old boy was in jail on charges of child molestation, authorities said on Tuesday.  Lisa Lynnette Clark was arrested last week in Hall County, Georgia a day after a judge married her and the unidentified teenager. Clark was being jailed in Gainesville, about 50 miles northeast of Atlanta. Clark and the teen had a sexual relationship, perhaps for as long as two years, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Department, which is investigating the case. Clark's marriage to the boy does not protect her from prosecution, police said. Under Georgia law, teenagers may marry as long as they are at least 16 and have the permission of a parent or guardian. Those restrictions are waived, however, when a female applicant is pregnant. Sources. Reuters, today.reuters.com; gainesvilletimes.com. Please click here for the complete story (last visited November 16, 2005,  reo). Additional information, please click here (last visited November 16, 2005, reo).

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