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Other states have changed their laws to differentiate consensual sex from predatory crimes.
Florida adopted a “Romeo and Juliet” law in 2007, allowing some people to petition the court to forgo registering as a sex offender.
A college already rejected his son because of his conviction, he said.
“It just angers me that our society considers him in the same breadth as a pedophile,” said James Benda, of Burnsville.
And having nude pictures of a minor is technically possessing child porn.
Less-severe charges were filed last week against four students at Century Middle School in Lakeville, who are accused of using their cellphones to take and send “inappropriate” photos and video of two girls undressing in the locker room. The photos and video spread to more than 40 students at school.
Attempts to reach Knowlton for comment were unsuccessful. Yang, 19, who is pursuing a law degree at Briar Cliff University in Iowa, said it wasn’t fair for his former friend to be charged with a felony for a consensual, long-term relationship.
“The punishment didn’t really fit the crime,” Yang said.
Benda’s father, James Benda, said teens convicted of these crimes face an uphill battle when looking for jobs and going to college because of the social taboos of sex offenders.
Such a legal arrangement is called a stay of adjudication.
It means a defendant won’t be adjudicated as guilty, as long as he or she complies with the court’s conditions.
“It almost makes you aghast to see how serious this stuff gets,” said John Leunig, a criminal attorney in St.
Louis Park who has defended teens accused of sex crimes.