Minor dating adult law
“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.
County attorneys say they consider several factors before prosecuting these cases.
They review the vulnerability of the victim, the relationship of the victim and the accused, whether drugs and alcohol were involved and the feelings of the victim’s parents.
In Minnesota, adults and juveniles convicted of felony criminal sexual conduct or child-pornography possession must register as a sex offender for 10 years.
Those who register must tell authorities where they live, work and go to school and what vehicle they drive.
The relationship started months earlier when he was 17.
Knowlton pleaded guilty to the charge in March, but the conviction will be wiped from his record if he successfully completes five years of probation.
Knowlton was required to undergo treatment for sex offenders.
Some parents and attorneys say the consequences should be less severe for a young adult who has a consensual sexual relationship with a minor.
But no organized movement exists in the state to change the laws.