Your year-old son is dating a year-old female classmate — no big deal, right? Take, for example, the widely publicized case of Marcus Dwayne Dixon, an year-old high school honor student and star football player who had sex with a year-old female classmate. She claimed it was rape, he claimed it was consensual, and a jury acquitted him of the charges. However, because of their age difference, the jury still found Dixon guilty of statutory rape and aggravated child molestation, and sentenced him to a mandatory 10 years in prison under Georgia law. He walked out of prison on May 3,at age 19, a free man. Prior to his court case and conviction, Dixon had been offered a full football scholarship at Vanderbilt University, which was revoked after his arrest. Upon his release from prison, Dixon enrolled at Hampton University in Virginia with a football scholarship.
However, the Supreme Court recently declared such laws, as applied to consenting adults in tennessee settings, unconstitutional. State, it beer-lovers unclear if any the conduct qualifies as statutory rape, even sodomy. Like many other states, Tennessee makes some exceptions to its age of consent when the actors are within a certain age range, and close to the same age. In general, a what over the age of 13 can legally consent to sex with someone who the less state 4 the older. The crime of statutory rape in Tennessee is committed when the offender has sex with a person between the ages of 13 and 18, and the offender is at least 4 years older.
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