Last year when he was 21, he met a young lady. They hung out for the day and the girl informed them that she was 18 about to turn 19 during casual conversation. They had sex. Later that night they went to see another friend who was ill and were pulled over for a traffic stop. He said the officers asked them to exit the car and asked to search to which he consented. While outside of the car, the officers asked them their ages, the girl first told them that she was 18. Later when asked again by another officer, she replied 17. Because she had given two different answers, the officers of course asked a third time and she replied 14.
My neighbor's son was really upset. He told them that she had told him 18. He gave the officer's his phone number and told them that if they had any questions that the could contact him. He was not arrested at that time.
About a month later he was asked to come and speak with them. He went in and gave them the same information that he had that night. After the interview, he was arrested and charged with rape and child molestation.
In discovery, his attorney noticed that the their was no mention of the girl lying about her age but that she did admit that it was consensual. The police report also does not state that she gave several different ages.
Last week they gave him an offer of 50 years and his family is devastated. He is afraid to go to court because of the Genarlow Wilson situation. What can he do? Why are the girls not prosecuted when they lie about their ages? Alot of these young women look and dress much older than they are and most young men do not think to ask for ID. What recourse does he have? His father and mother are having a lot of financial difficulty over this. I told her that I would post on this board to see if there were any options for him. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.