The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld a juvenile court judge's dismissal of a case involving sex between boys under the age of 13.
Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.
In this case from 2013, the 12-year-old was accused of gross sexual imposition against the younger child – though force wasn’t alleged, but there were few details known about what happened between the kids. Attorney David Strait argued to the court in May that the charge went against Ohio law protecting kids under 13, who are unable to consent and also can’t be charged with rape and other crimes.
“If both the offender and the alleged victim are within that protected class, then this distinction between the two breaks down.”
Three justices agreed that juvenile courts can dismiss charges and order treatment, one justice joined that but expressed concern about applying this ruling to future cases, and three others dissented.