A quote of the Sebastian River High School softball coach says it all:
“It should have been settled at a lower level instead of getting
as big as it did. There’s been freshman girls on my team talking
about dating senior baseball players. It shouldn’t be that big of
For one 18-year-old senior, it is a big deal. She’s facing felony
sex offense charges for a relationship she had with a 14-year-old freshman,
a relationship which apparently began when both were minors.
But now that the senior has crossed that age line into 18, the authorities
in her state suddenly have a problem with their four-year age gap. Felony
charges are life-changing, especially sex-related, as it could mean that
the senior, should she be convicted or even plea down to a lesser offense,
might have to
register as a sex offender.
This is a classic case wherein two young people become sexually involved.
One is deemed “too young to consent” and the other deemed
a “sexual predator,” or something akin to that, at least in
the eyes of the law.
Meghan McRoberts for WPTV again quotes the coach: “They can play
on the same basketball team together. They should be able to date.”