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Utah police arrest middle schoolers for having sex

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We really have to question the need to keep Utah in the union after this latest bit of craziness: a 13-year-old girl was put on trial for having consensual sex with a 12-year-old boy, who then got her pregnant.

Sex with a child under the age of 14 is completely illegal in Utah, regardless of whether or not the "victim" consented. Ironically, her boyfriend was convicted over the same crime — making her both the victim and criminal on trial for the same act, as The Denver Post notes today.

"The only thing that comes close to this is dueling," said Associate Chief Justice Michael Wilkins, noting that two people who take 20 paces and then shoot could each be considered both victim and offender.

And Chief Justice Christine Durham wondered if the state Legislature had intended the "peculiar consequence" that a child would have the simultaneous status of a protected person and an alleged perpetrator under the law.

The comments came in oral arguments on a motion asking the high court to overturn the finding of delinquency – the legal term in juvenile court for a conviction – against Z.C., who became pregnant after she and her boyfriend engaged in sex in October 2003.

No, Your Honor, nothing comes close to this, not even dueling. For dueling is a sport of foolish adults and having sex with a child while still a child yourself is something else entirely, but certainly not something that should result in trials, stress on a pregnant woman (even if that "woman" is a teenager) and a possible fine, jail sentence or any other penalties.

Luckily, the case wrapped up without anyone doing jail time:

As a result of her admission, the juvenile court adjudicated Z.C. delinquent for sexual abuse of a child but imposed a relatively light punishment. The court ordered her to obey the reasonable requests of her parents, to write an essay regarding her child and the effect of her actions on the child, to have no unsupervised contact with the father of her child, to provide a DNA sample, and to pay a $75 DNA processing fee. [Reddit]

Luckily, the girl is of legal age now and never has to go through anything like this again.