Georgia Teen In Jail for Consensual Sex

This is somewhat of an old story, but CNN radio was broadcasting it on my way home for the weekend.

African American Genarlow Wilson was sentenced to 10 years in jail for having sex at a New Years Eve party with a 15 year-old, when he was 17 years-old.  Now, since the law is on the books – I am not going to argue that the prosecutor was unjust in going after Wilson – the prosecutor was just doing his job; however, the Georgia state legislature passed a law that made Wilson’s felony into a misdemeanor, but they didn’t make it retroactive.

So now, anybody else who commits statutory rape will be charged with a misdemeanor, while Wilson sits in jail for 10 years.

In my opinion, this is an area where the government has to relax regulations – they don’t have a place in the bedroom, as long as it truly is consensual.  I think a 14 and a 16 year old should be able to have sex, as should a 16 and 18, or 17 and 19.  If you’re both under 18, and at least 14, you should be able to have sex.  If you’re 18 or older, I say that your partner can’t be more than 2 years younger.

And violations of this should just be monetary fines without the person going on a sex offender list.

Wilson should be let go, because he’s already served enough time for what he did.  What he did was stupid, but not deserving of 10 years in jail.

Done Ranting,

Ranting Republican


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8 Responses to “Georgia Teen In Jail for Consensual Sex”

  1. James Says:


    Where are you ! I havn’t seen you on AIM.

  2. Stuck Middle Says:

    Is he still in jail? I thought Fat Al and Spittin’ Jesse would have gotten him out by now. Oh wait, they’re busy in Jena.

  3. Tony Says:

    I have a son in a Georgia Detention Center, Lakeland GA for the same type of crime, where the girl was going to be 14yrs old, 29 days shy. And my son was 17, days shy of his 18th. Now it’s it’s fall 2008 and he has 4 months more there. Then 10years probation and a possible appeal coming up in November. Sure wish we know what to do?!

  4. inkslwc Says:

    I know that some of the laws in Wilson’s case were overturned. Since the girl was only 13 years old and your son was 17, the law may be too strict for anything to be done. I really don’t know current Georgia law, but try calling a lawyer I guess – that’s all I really have for you.

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