This week we're discussing predators. I'm sure you're wondering what could possibly be controversial about predators. After all, we're all agreed that they're bad, right? I have a slightly different slant on that. What about a youthful mistake? How long do you make a man pay for that?
Recently, there was in the news the story of a young man charged with rape by a teenage girl who later recanted. Her Father even went to court to ask the judge to drop the charges. No deal.
In my family there is a similar story. As a young man, X went to the wrong party. There were underage young ladies, pot, and booze--never a good mix. He was eighteen. The inevitable young lady was sixteen. She cried rape. Her granddaddy was the district attorney. He went to prison. Two year later, she had an attack of conscience and recanted in court. Nothing happened. He served seven years in prison plus thirteen years of parole.
All of that would be bad enough, but because she was underage, he was charged with having sex with a minor, which classifies him as a child rapist. He's married with a family, but can't move without notifying the authorities of his new address. In some states, he must put a sign in his yard. He can't live within a certain distance of a school. His children have been picked on because someone found out about his record.
So my question is... how long is long enough?