Saturday, March 18, 2006
A 37-year-old woman charged with child molestation after marrying a 15-year-old friend of one of her sons pleaded guilty Wednesday to statutory rape and received a nine month jail sentence. The couple developed a relationship and the woman became pregnant. A few days before her arrest on the criminal charge, she and the boy married under a Georgia law that allowed children to marry if the bride-to-be is pregnant. The woman gave birth to a boy on Feb. 11. The publicity surrounding the relationship and marriage has prompted Georgia lawmakers to enact a law that requires court permission for teens under 16 to marry. Source: The Plain Dealer, AP, Cleveland.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited March 18, 2006, reo).