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article imageDoes The Punishment Fit The Crime? 10 Years For Consensual Oral Sex

By Pamela Jean     Jun 6, 2007 in Crime
It was caught on videotape. The girl, aged 15, performed oral sex on one party goer, and when finished turned to 17 year old Wilson. She wanted it, he wanted it - end of story. Not in Georgia. Wilson has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his crime.
Everyone, including the prosecuting attorney, agreed that it was a consensual act. The 15 year old girl had willingly performed oral sex on both of the 17 year old young men. It was a party, and the party was apparently wild.
It is unclear how police obtained possession of the video tape. But, once viewed, they made several arrests, that of Genarlow Wilson, as well as additional members of the high school football team.
Seems in Georgia, it is a felony for teens less than 3 years apart to have oral sex. The sentence for this felony - 10 years. Those same teens, however, would only be committing a misdemeanor had they had sexual intercourse.
The D.A. offered Wilson, and the other boys, a plea bargain. Serve 5 years in prison and register as a sex offender. The other boys took the plea, but Wilson felt that he would be vindicated. He had a promising career in football, a standout who was being recruited by some of nation’s top colleges, including Columbia and Brown. He didn't want to register as a sex offender. And after all, he thought, it was consensual sex. This was not forced, it was not rape, it was consensual.
Those that took the plea are out of jail now. But Wilson, choosing instead to stand trial, was found guilty, and is now serving a 10 year sentence.
The prosecuting attorney blames Wilson himself for what happened to him. She notes that none of the other defendants insisted on a trial, but instead just "took their medicine".
Does this seem right? Does the punishment fit the crime? Should a 17 year old young man with a bright future ahead of him, a young man that has never been in any trouble before this, spend the next 10 years in prison for allowing a 15 year old girl to give him a blow job at a party? What on earth purpose does this serve? Where is the justice in this?
I certainly hope someone is filing an appeal. What a horrible waste of tax payers money, not to mention the total waste of a young man's life.
You can sign the online petition for his release here
What do you think? Did the punishment fit the crime in this case?
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