Two 13-year-old boys face adult charges for allegedly forcing three young girls to perform sexual acts in Augusta, according WRDW-TV News 12.
As the TV station reports, the girls, ages 7, 9 and 12, claim they were lured behind a vacant building and forced to perform oral sex. The crime was reported by one of the girls’ parents who overheard the girls talking about it.
The boys claim the actions were consensual, but under Georgia law, no child that young can consent. They are being charged as adults and could spend ten to 30 years in prison if convicted.
This issue is splitting the community and drawing heated comments. Here’s a sample:
“Whether [you] like it or not, the boys [were] probably given consent…Unfortunately 13 is not a "consensual age.”
“It would never have been an issue whether the girls consented or not if the parents kept a closer eye on the children.”
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