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Alleged underage sexual assault

By johnboy - 10 August 2013 65

A 20-year-old man will face court this morning (Saturday, August 10) over an alleged sexual assault of a child under the age of 16.

Police will allege the offence occurred in July this year.

The man attended the Woden Police Station yesterday (Friday, August 9), where he was interviewed by detectives from Criminal Investigations Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Team (SACAT).

He was arrested and taken to the ACT Watch House, where he was charged with one count of sexual intercourse with a young person.

The man will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Alleged underage sexual assault
JC 1:05 pm 11 Aug 13

Pork Hunt said :

Great idea Bundah, we can do that on the same day we get uniform road rules between the states and territories…

Actually the road laws are uniform around the country.

DrKoresh 1:01 pm 11 Aug 13

JC said :

Proboscus said :

Did you just try and justify sex with a minor?

If the age difference isn’t too great then why not? I will give you an example of where the law can be an ass in this regards. Years ago my cousin got charged with sex with a minor after her parents came home and found them in the act. Her age 15, his age 15.

Suffice to say that the police quite sensibly didn’t want it to go any further due to the fact both were under-age, but her parents wanted to press charges. End result my cousin got charged, and because he was also under age the girl got counter charged with the same thing. It ended up in court and was thrown out within the first 5 minutes.

But lets say my cousin was 1 month older, and had turned 16 he would have got done and she wouldn’t have. So clearly right there is a case for where sex with an under age person is quite ok, the only issue though is what age difference is ok? My personal feeling is 2 years.

Your cousin woulda been fine even if he was 16, because he was within 2 years of the young miss’ age. Her parents could stamp their feet and whine as much as they want, but your cousin would still be gold.

Pork Hunt 11:57 am 11 Aug 13

bundah said :

The legal age for consensual sex varies across Australian state and territory jurisdictions.The age of consent is 16 years of age in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Victoria and Western Australia. In Tasmania and South Australia the age of consent is 17 years of age. Queensland is the only state that makes a distinction between different forms of sexual activity and the age of consent. In Queensland, the age of consent for anal sex (referred to as sodomy in legislation) is 18 years of age, while the age of consent for all other sexual behaviour (described as carnal knowledge) is 16 years of age.

Seriously isn’t it about time we got some uniformity with these type of laws instead of the nonsense where it varies from state to state?

Great idea Bundah, we can do that on the same day we get uniform road rules between the states and territories…

bundah 11:34 am 11 Aug 13

The legal age for consensual sex varies across Australian state and territory jurisdictions.The age of consent is 16 years of age in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Victoria and Western Australia. In Tasmania and South Australia the age of consent is 17 years of age. Queensland is the only state that makes a distinction between different forms of sexual activity and the age of consent. In Queensland, the age of consent for anal sex (referred to as sodomy in legislation) is 18 years of age, while the age of consent for all other sexual behaviour (described as carnal knowledge) is 16 years of age.

Seriously isn’t it about time we got some uniformity with these type of laws instead of the nonsense where it varies from state to state?

JC 8:36 am 11 Aug 13

Proboscus said :

Did you just try and justify sex with a minor?

If the age difference isn’t too great then why not? I will give you an example of where the law can be an ass in this regards. Years ago my cousin got charged with sex with a minor after her parents came home and found them in the act. Her age 15, his age 15.

Suffice to say that the police quite sensibly didn’t want it to go any further due to the fact both were under-age, but her parents wanted to press charges. End result my cousin got charged, and because he was also under age the girl got counter charged with the same thing. It ended up in court and was thrown out within the first 5 minutes.

But lets say my cousin was 1 month older, and had turned 16 he would have got done and she wouldn’t have. So clearly right there is a case for where sex with an under age person is quite ok, the only issue though is what age difference is ok? My personal feeling is 2 years.

Roundhead89 5:17 am 11 Aug 13

Masquara said :

Alderney said :

Is this a case of a 19/20 year old bloke getting it on with a 15 year old lass or is it alleged he forced her to do something she didn’t want to?

Could just be another example of the modern day witch-hunt. Burn him, burn him.

It is generally acknowledged that it’s more OK for young people of around similar age to be having underage sex, than an older person taking advantage of a still-child. I believe the courts have established that an age gap of around two years is the maximum acceptable to avoid too much of a power imbalance. Five years might be a small age gap for you, but of course a 20-year-old is much, much older to a 15-year-old kid. Please don’t inadvertently post in favour of child rape.

At last some commonsense debate on this issue rather than the knee-jerk “string ’em up” shock jockery. There needs to be some latitude regarding sexual assault/carnal knowledge laws. Two years ago in Texas a man who was 17 at the time was jailed for having a 15 year old girlfriend. Despite outrage around the world, the pedophilia laws were brought in and repeated attempts to get the charges dropped failed.

Perhaps we can have the Victorian system where there is a nominal age of consent for teenagers of 13 whereby anybody under the age of 16 can have sex with another teenager as long as there isn’t a gap of more than two years.

I personally was sexually active at 13 and my attitude was that the law enacted by old men could go to buggery.

djk 1:21 am 11 Aug 13

Alderney said :

Is this a case of a 19/20 year old bloke getting it on with a 15 year old lass or is it alleged he forced her to do something she didn’t want to?

Just because you say “bloke” and “lass” doesn’t change the fact that it is a 20 year old adult and a 15 year old or younger child.

IrishPete 10:25 pm 10 Aug 13

By the way, I hate the “alleged” in this police statement. It implies a certain amount of scepticism of the victim, a scepticism which is generally not used with non-sexual offences. When your house is broken into, do the police describe it as an alleged burglary? Or your car is stolen and it is alleged car theft?

The defendant’s right to not be described as guilty can easily be addressed by saying that they have been arrested for, or will be charged with, the offence, both of which phrases are distinct from “convicted of” and therefore do not imply guilt.

IP

IrishPete 10:20 pm 10 Aug 13

Masquara said :

Alderney said :

Is this a case of a 19/20 year old bloke getting it on with a 15 year old lass or is it alleged he forced her to do something she didn’t want to?

Could just be another example of the modern day witch-hunt. Burn him, burn him.

It is generally acknowledged that it’s more OK for young people of around similar age to be having underage sex, than an older person taking advantage of a still-child. I believe the courts have established that an age gap of around two years is the maximum acceptable to avoid too much of a power imbalance. Five years might be a small age gap for you, but of course a 20-year-old is much, much older to a 15-year-old kid. Please don’t inadvertently post in favour of child rape.

He must have turned up on the wrong web forum. Google can so mislead you sometimes.

Frankly, if they law says it is wrong for a 16yo boy to have sex with a girl aged 15 and 364 days, or vice versa, then that should be enforced. Shops don’t sell cigarettes to kids aged 17y 364d, nor alcohol, nor do we íssue driving licences a few days or weeks or months early.

Or we should change the law to be more flexible for Romeo and Juliet, rather than rely on the charity of coppers, prosecutors and judicial officers.

IP

Alderney 6:55 pm 10 Aug 13

bundah said :

According to the crimes it is alleged that the 20 year old had had sex with his 12-year-old half-sister and that he has been released on bail and ordered not to contact the girl or her mother.

Well if that’s the case then it is totally unacceptable and I hope they throw the book at him.

Alderney 6:53 pm 10 Aug 13

Proboscus said :

Alderney said :

Is this a case of a 19/20 year old bloke getting it on with a 15 year old lass or is it alleged he forced her to do something she didn’t want to?

Could just be another example of the modern day witch-hunt. Burn him, burn him.

Did you just try and justify sex with a minor?

One only needs to trace their family tree back two or three generations to find relations getting married at 15, often because they are pregnant, and particularly in the bush. Five year age gaps were not uncommon.

Are you especially susceptible to propaganda?

Masquara 3:18 pm 10 Aug 13

Alderney said :

Is this a case of a 19/20 year old bloke getting it on with a 15 year old lass or is it alleged he forced her to do something she didn’t want to?

Could just be another example of the modern day witch-hunt. Burn him, burn him.

It is generally acknowledged that it’s more OK for young people of around similar age to be having underage sex, than an older person taking advantage of a still-child. I believe the courts have established that an age gap of around two years is the maximum acceptable to avoid too much of a power imbalance. Five years might be a small age gap for you, but of course a 20-year-old is much, much older to a 15-year-old kid. Please don’t inadvertently post in favour of child rape.

Proboscus 2:31 pm 10 Aug 13

Alderney said :

Is this a case of a 19/20 year old bloke getting it on with a 15 year old lass or is it alleged he forced her to do something she didn’t want to?

Could just be another example of the modern day witch-hunt. Burn him, burn him.

Did you just try and justify sex with a minor?

bundah 1:39 pm 10 Aug 13

According to the crimes it is alleged that the 20 year old had had sex with his 12-year-old half-sister and that he has been released on bail and ordered not to contact the girl or her mother.

Alderney 12:23 pm 10 Aug 13

Is this a case of a 19/20 year old bloke getting it on with a 15 year old lass or is it alleged he forced her to do something she didn’t want to?

Could just be another example of the modern day witch-hunt. Burn him, burn him.

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