A quote of the Sebastian River High School softball coach says it all:
“It should have been settled at a lower level instead of getting as big as it did. There’s been freshman girls on my team talking about dating senior baseball players. It shouldn’t be that big of a deal.”
For one 18-year-old senior, it is a big deal. She’s facing felony sex offense charges for a relationship she had with a 14-year-old freshman, a relationship which apparently began when both were minors.
But now that the senior has crossed that age line into 18, the authorities in her state suddenly have a problem with their four-year age gap. Felony charges are life-changing, especially sex-related, as it could mean that the senior, should she be convicted or even plea down to a lesser offense, might have to register as a sex offender.
This is a classic case wherein two young people become sexually involved. One is deemed “too young to consent” and the other deemed a “sexual predator,” or something akin to that, at least in the eyes of the law.
Meghan McRoberts for WPTV again quotes the coach: “They can play on the same basketball team together. They should be able to date.”