Thursday, February 20, 2014

Local parent group opposes changes to child exploitation laws

The Sentinel
Published on: Thursday, February 20, 2014
By Peter Rouleau
ROCKVILLE – A group of local parents is objecting to a law change which state senators say is meant to assist in the prosecution of child abuse. 
“Unfortunately, the wording of…Sb460 is extremely problematic,” Scott Krugman, the President of the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics said.  “While it does expand the list of people in positions of authority, it creates a huge loophole that puts our teenagers at risk. The current wording of the bill requires a 7-year age difference between adult and teenager for the law to apply. This means that it will no longer be a crime for a 21, 22, or 23 year old teacher to have sex with a 16 year old student, nor will it be a crime for a 21-24 year old teacher to have sex with a 17 year old student.”...

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