79th Street, Unit 2ANew York, NY 10024Connect With Your Tango Facebook Twitter You Tube Pinterest Instagram Editorial Have a story you want to submit? Send us an e-mail at [email protected] Interested in advertising on Your Tango? Experts Would you like to become a Your Tango Expert? EXPERT6 (646.397.3786)Article Syndication Interested in syndicating content from Your Tango? Media Inquiries For all press inquiries, please e-mail [email protected], because of their age difference, the jury still found Dixon guilty of statutory rape and aggravated child molestation, and sentenced him to a mandatory 10 years in prison under Georgia law.In May 2004, the Georgia Supreme Court overturned Dixon’s conviction, stating that he should’ve been prosecuted on the lesser charge of misdemeanor statutory rape, which carries a maximum sentence of one year.These so-called “Romeo and Juliet” laws provide defenses and reduced penalties in cases where the couple is relatively close in age.
Your 18-year-old son is dating a 16-year-old female classmate – no big deal, right?The Dixon case is just one in a long line of similar legal battles teens have faced in the last decade.Whether you agree with this outcome or not, the fact remains that statutory rape is considered a serious crime, enforceable to the full extent of the law in many states – and can change the course of a teenager’s life forever.It’s unbelievable that I’m finally home after 14 months.It’s awesome to be home with my family and friends.” Prior to his court case and conviction, Dixon had been offered a full football scholarship at Vanderbilt University, which was revoked after his arrest.
A Hot Topic Among Teens The recent discovery that 16-year-old actress Jamie Lynn Spears, the sister of pop star Britney Spears, became pregnant by her 18-year-old boyfriend has again turned consensual sex among teens into a hotly contested issue.