He was 19 and had a 15 year old girlfriend. Her mother was aware. She didn't mind at all. My DH pissed of his girlfriends step-dad one day so he "turned him in". The mother and daughter attempted to have all charges dropped, but the state picked them up. He was convicted of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree (consensual) and served 2 years in prison w 5 years probation and has to register for 15 years.
He is now 33 and only has 3 registering years left. He is a wonderful father of two boys. And a very hard working man!
I believe that the SOR should be divided by severity. Consensual sex w a minor should not be classified with pedophilia.
And before you bash their 3 1/2 year age difference ... Him and I are almost 8 years apart! And my grandmother married my grandfather when she was 15 and he was 19! As well, it's a very small town and I am very socially aware of the instance (I personally know the girl) and have been through his paperwork, probation visits, and all that jazz!
This is simply my confession. I think his punishment is a big excessive, but my BIGGEST issue ate those that see him (in our small town) on the registry and automatically assume he'd a pedophile :-/