Adults ‘Can Now’ Have Sex with Minors in California as long as they are Ten Years Older

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Last Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom of the state of California in the United States of America (USA) signed a new bill into law that sex with minors may not be placed on the state’s sex offender registry list as long as the individual is no more than 10 years older than the minor.

In essence, a 24-year-old guy may have (vaginal) sex with a 14-year-old minor without being registered as a predator.

Democrat Assemblywoman, Lorena Gonzalez said while the bill was debated in congress that: “I cannot, in my mind, as a mother, understand how sex between a 24-year-old and a 14-year-old could ever be consensual, how it could ever not be a registrable offense. We should never give up on this idea that children should be in no way subject to a predator”.

San Diego Mayor, Kevin Faulconer said: “As a parent, I’m appalled that last night our governor signed a law maintaining a 24-year-old can have sex with a 14-year-old and it not be considered predatory”.

The mayor added that: “An adult who commits ANY sex act on a minor 10 years younger must be registered as a sex offender. Law must be changed.”

The present law, which has been in place since 1944, permitted judges the discretion to choose whether or not an adult should be placed on the state’s sex offender registry list if they have vaginal sex with a minor no younger than 14 years of age.

But the discretion did not apply to cases of anal or oral intercourse, thus adults would automatically be placed on the registry.

But the new bill (SB-145, or Senate Bill 145) exempts adults from mandatory registration if they have anal or oral sex with a minor, as long as the adult was 10 years older than the minor’s age. Despite the change in legislation, individuals would still be guilty of committing a crime.

Other state officials were appalled at the new legislation, including calls for it to be changed.

Reports say despite multiple allegations, the new bill does not mean that pedophilia is legalized in the state of California.

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