Email Parents may not want to hear it, but it's just a fact: Lots of teenagers are having sex. About a quarter of year-old girls and boys, almost 40 percent of year-olds and about half of year-olds say they've had sex. But what if parents of the girl find out? In many cases, they can use the law to punish the boy. In the fall of , when Damon Hadley was 17, he had sex with his year-old girlfriend.
School authorities caught them cutting school and called their parents. The girl's father then drove to the school, where he saw Hadley in the parking lot.
Would I do it differently? Yes, I would, I would. Take that kid, stick him in the car, tie a rope around his neck and go as fast as I could up and down the highways, every single highway there is," he said.
In New Hampshire, the age of consent is 16, and Hadley received a three-month suspended sentence. That means if he gets into trouble before the end of this year, he may have to serve that three-month sentence. Soto got a one-year suspended sentence, and he's angry that Hadley didn't go to jail. In one respect, Hadley was fortunate because he wasn't put on New Hampshire's sex offender registry. Jeff Davis -- who also ran into an angry dad -- wasn't so lucky.
He was an year-old with a year-old girlfriend, and they were having sex. There are a lot of teenagers these days that are having sex. We thought we were very much in love, we were in high school. Her grades at school had slipped and he thought Davis was a bad influence. Putorti had the law on his side because Alexis was 15 and the age of consent in Connecticut is He warned Davis to stay away from his daughter, or else. But Davis didn't believe him. But he was wrong.
Putorti went to the police, and they arrested Davis. At the time Alexis was furious with her father, but today she says that her dad was right and that Davis took advantage of her. Branded for Life Davis was convicted of sexual contact and risk of injury to a minor. He's on the Connecticut sex offender registry right there along with Douglas Simmons who kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered a 6-year-old the details of the murder conviction don't appear on the registry because of a plea deal in his home state and James Sullivan who sexually assaulted a handicapped woman.
Looking at the registry, it's tough to know how Davis is different from those dangerous men. And, Davis says, some people look at him like he's a pervert.
They'll drive around the neighborhood, throw it out the windows," he said. Today Davis is a volunteer firefighter. He used to dream of working full time as a firefighter, but because he's a registered sex offender, he says he'll never get that job, even though he's certified. They see it on the applications and it doesn't go any farther than the hiring process. I get put into a basket and put [by] the wayside.
And, he says, having Davis arrested was just what his daughter needed. But looking back on it, I don't regret having done it, either," he said. She went back and really knuckled down in high school and graduated. No question," he said. If Jeff had gone to jail, I would have thought that was way harsh," she said. He was furious when he learned his year-old daughter Brenda had slept with 18 year-old Jonathan Evans.
He called the police because he had been told erroneously that Brenda had been raped. She denied that Evans pressured her into it. But that didn't matter because it was a crime, even if consensual. Evans pleaded guilty to a lewd and lascivious act with a child under 16, was placed on the Florida sex offender registry and went to jail for a year. As a sex offender, Evans was not popular with fellow inmates. Other prisoners threatened to kill him.
And you're just a dirty, sick person that should be shot," he said. Because he was in jail, Evans couldn't finish high school. And as a registered sex offender, he can't join the Army. Army doesn't want some kind of sex offender in their Army. There's no room for that. It's really ruined everything.
But we don't tell them they could be locked up for the rest of their life," she said. He's stayed out of trouble, he did what he's supposed to do," said Howey. The law is the law. Evans is a sex offender forever.