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Boy's parents sue to get his baby from mom, 21 (Under age boy; HE is ordered to pay child support!)
The Columbus Dispatch ^ | August 16, 2008 | Mary Beth Lane

Posted on 08/17/2008 4:32:31 PM PDT by buccaneer81

Boy's parents sue to get his baby from mom, 21 Saturday, August 16, 2008 3:12 AM By Mary Beth Lane THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH LANCASTER, Ohio --- A Pickerington couple and their son are fighting for custody of a baby born to a Lancaster woman charged with having unlawful sex with the boy, who was 15 at the time of conception.

A paternity test shows that the teen is the father of the baby born April 7 to Jane C. Crane, who was 19 when she became pregnant. Now, a judge has ordered him to pay $50 a month in child support and set visitation at seven hours a week.

Crane, meanwhile, faces criminal charges. A Fairfield County grand jury indicted her last month on two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a fourth-degree felony. Conviction carries a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison and a requirement to register as a sex offender for 25 years.

Crane is living with the baby and her family in Lancaster.

The boy's parents say they can provide a better upbringing for the baby than Crane can. Her household includes her stepfather, David L. Jacobs, who was convicted of domestic violence last year for hitting, choking and pointing a gun at Crane's 17-year-old sister and was placed on two years' probation, court records show.

"We don't want to have our granddaughter abused by these people," the boy's father said. "We are trying to do the right thing.

"The child support was the icing on the cake. I couldn't believe that our son has to pay child support to his abuser."

The Dispatch does not identify victims of sexual abuse.

Crane is scheduled for a pretrial conference before Common Pleas Judge Richard E. Berens on Aug. 21. A hearing and a status conference in the custody dispute are scheduled for next month before Domestic Relations Judge Kathy S. Mowry.

Crane, now 21, is not a suitable custodial parent in part because she may have committed a felony by having sexual intercourse with a minor younger than 16, the boy's parents argue in court papers seeking custody.

Crane declined to comment. She is free on a $5,000 recognizance bond pending trial. Her attorney, Sandra Davis, did not return calls. Lawyer Jennifer Strunk, the court-appointed guardian ad litem representing the baby's interests, said through a spokesman that she could not comment.

That a 19-year-old woman had sex with a 15-year-old boy might seem like no big deal to some, but it is a serious charge, said Assistant Prosecutor Julia Dillon.

It makes no difference that it is an adult female charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor boy rather than the more common instance of an adult male charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor girl.

"It is an age and maturity issue, not a gender issue," Dillon said. "He's a young boy coming into his own, being taken advantage of by an adult."

There could yet be a plea agreement. "I have made what I consider to be a reasonable offer, but I have not received a response," she said.

The incident has had lasting affects on the boy, now 16, his mother said.

"He has nightmares, he is stressed out," she said. "He is a father, even though it was a crime for him to be a father. His life is changed forever."

Crane got to know the family while she worked at a local movie theater with the boy's older sister. When Crane said that her stepfather was abusive, his family allowed her to move in with them.

The boy's sister later bought her own home and Crane moved in with her. It was there last summer that Crane had sex with their son at least twice, his parents said.

mlane@dispatch.com


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: childcustody; childsupport; statutoryrape; underage
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Of course he has to pay. The woman is a criminal, but the boy is a MALE. A worse type of criminal , so say the courts.
1 posted on 08/17/2008 4:32:31 PM PDT by buccaneer81
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To: TonyRo76

Pickerington ping!


2 posted on 08/17/2008 4:33:32 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: buccaneer81
Now, a judge has ordered him to pay $50 a month in child support and set visitation at seven hours a week.

I wonder if any judge has ordered a rapist to pay child support for the child they conceive.

Not to make any moral equivalence between the two here, but this makes no sense whatsoever for a victim to have to pay child support

3 posted on 08/17/2008 4:37:59 PM PDT by Popman (McCain as POTUS is odious, Obama as POTUS is unthinkable.)
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To: buccaneer81

The judge awards custody to the sex offender and the victim has to pay child support. Anything wrong here?


4 posted on 08/17/2008 4:39:11 PM PDT by Nova442 ("Cry Havoc and let slip the Dogs of War.")
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To: buccaneer81

Has the idea of adoption gone completely out of our society? If ever a baby needed adopting, it’s this one.


5 posted on 08/17/2008 4:39:15 PM PDT by speekinout
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To: buccaneer81
In Kaliforniastan we actually got rid of a judge like this, they have to stand for election and reelection. If incumbent it's yes or no, majority yes to stay on the bench.
6 posted on 08/17/2008 4:39:31 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (John McCain, the Manchurian Candidate.)
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To: familyop; RogerFGay; DoughtyOne; FormerACLUmember; PercivalWalks; Edgerunner; rockrr; Rebelbase; ...

Ping.


8 posted on 08/17/2008 4:50:30 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: Morgana

People like you are part of the problem.


9 posted on 08/17/2008 4:52:03 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: buccaneer81
Happened to one of my friend's brother about 20 yeas ago. Nothin’ new here......
11 posted on 08/17/2008 4:58:43 PM PDT by colinhester
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To: Nova442
The judge awards custody to the sex offender and the victim has to pay child support. Anything wrong here?

Yeah, you didn't use scare quotes around the word "judge."

12 posted on 08/17/2008 5:02:23 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (College kid: "Do you have a minute for Obama?" NVA: "Not now or ever.")
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To: buccaneer81

They don’t want to pay $50 a month toward the care of this baby, but they want full custody. How do they plan to provide for this baby on less than $50 a month?


14 posted on 08/17/2008 5:08:14 PM PDT by BykrBayb (We're a non Soros non lefitst supporting maverick Gang of 2, who won't be voting for McCain. ~)
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To: Morgana
Really the girl was only 19, more than likely she was only 18 when she got pregnant. Oh, really? Were you there? The story states:

"...baby born April 7 to Jane C. Crane, who was 19 when she became pregnant."

Okay legally she is an adult, but I fear she is not mature if she is with a 15 year old,

Gee, ya think? She's still an adult, and he was under age. Your double standard doesn't wash.

Your attitude is part of the male-bashing culture so ingrained in Western society today. Little wonder our country is so far off track.

15 posted on 08/17/2008 5:08:30 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: Nova442

It’s child support. Not parent support.


16 posted on 08/17/2008 5:10:17 PM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (NRA - Vote against the dem party)
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To: Shooter 2.5

Want to bet? It’s state support in Virginia.


18 posted on 08/17/2008 5:13:38 PM PDT by junkman_106 (The ALCU can go have aerial intercourse with a revolving glazed pastry.)
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To: BykrBayb
They don’t want to pay $50 a month toward the care of this baby, but they want full custody. How do they plan to provide for this baby on less than $50 a month?

Give me a break. It's the principle of the thing. She's a criminal. He was too young to give his consent, by law.

Pickerington is a wealthy suburb of Columbus. I'm pretty sure the folks could afford to raise the child. Plus, the mother should pay the child support.

But did you read this?

The boy's parents say they can provide a better upbringing for the baby than Crane can. Her household includes her stepfather, David L. Jacobs, who was convicted of domestic violence last year for hitting, choking and pointing a gun at Crane's 17-year-old sister and was placed on two years' probation, court records show.

That's reason enough for a change of custody.

19 posted on 08/17/2008 5:14:39 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: Morgana
Then they want to call they other girls parents bad parents! talk about living in a glass house.

You obviously didn't read the whole story:

The boy's parents say they can provide a better upbringing for the baby than Crane can. Her household includes her stepfather, David L. Jacobs, who was convicted of domestic violence last year for hitting, choking and pointing a gun at Crane's 17-year-old sister and was placed on two years' probation, court records show.

As far as teaching chastity, kids will make mistakes, won't listen to parents, think they know it all. Been there, done that. You really think a majority of kids are virgins at 18? You must not get out much.

20 posted on 08/17/2008 5:17:55 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: Nova442
The judge awards custody to the sex offender and the victim has to pay child support. Anything wrong here?

Yes the judge is not impeached.
The judge is not in jail
The judge is not swinging from a tree

22 posted on 08/17/2008 5:19:23 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts
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To: Shooter 2.5
It’s child support. Not parent support.

No. It's "whatever the mother wants to spend it on" support. I speak from experience.

23 posted on 08/17/2008 5:20:34 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: Morgana
I just looked at the calender.....it is not 1950 anymore...

Yeah, and American society is SO much better.

/sarc

24 posted on 08/17/2008 5:22:36 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: buccaneer81

Neither home sounds suitable.


25 posted on 08/17/2008 5:22:58 PM PDT by BykrBayb (We're a non Soros non lefitst supporting maverick Gang of 2, who won't be voting for McCain. ~)
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To: BykrBayb
Neither home sounds suitable.

Explain to me how the boy's parents home is unsuitable. Because he didn't listen about not having sex? Well, that would indict an awful lot of decent couples whose kids chose not to listen to them.

The boy made a mistake. A big one. But the mother broke the law and resides with a convicted domestic abuser.

27 posted on 08/17/2008 5:26:18 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: Morgana
The other parents are not saints.

What are you talking about? Show me where in the story anything is written that calls the fitness of the boy's parents into question.

28 posted on 08/17/2008 5:28:54 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: BykrBayb
"They don’t want to pay $50 a month toward the care of this baby, but they want full custody. How do they plan to provide for this baby on less than $50 a month?"

At first glance I tend to agree with you, but I wonder if maybe their objection is to giving $50/month to the sex offender mom, not knowing if it will actually go towards the care and support of the baby (maybe it would, but you could probably get good odds that it wouldn't).

Just a thought.

29 posted on 08/17/2008 5:30:19 PM PDT by Pablo64 (What is popular is not always right. What is right is not always popular.)
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To: Pablo64
The boy's parents say they can provide a better upbringing for the baby than Crane can. Her household includes her stepfather, David L. Jacobs, who was convicted of domestic violence last year for hitting, choking and pointing a gun at Crane's 17-year-old sister and was placed on two years' probation, court records show.
30 posted on 08/17/2008 5:31:51 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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I think their case would be stronger if they were simply trying to end the child support rather than gain full custody of the child.

As I understand it...this poor "child" has been traumatized and is losing sleep due to nightmares. How much more stress and trauma will this child cause this young man.....er boy?

31 posted on 08/17/2008 5:32:04 PM PDT by TNdandelion (Paris Hilton for Prez! That's hot.)
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To: buccaneer81

I don’t think there’s an emoticon for “three thumbs up” but I wish there was.

~</;o)


32 posted on 08/17/2008 5:32:58 PM PDT by EggsAckley ( "the difference between Obama and Osama is just a little b.s.")
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To: BykrBayb
They don’t want to pay $50 a month toward the care of this baby, but they want full custody. How do they plan to provide for this baby on less than $50 a month?

Don't be ridiculous, they don't want to pay the person charged with molesting their child. Of course the grandkid does not need to be in the custody of the offender anyway.
33 posted on 08/17/2008 5:33:30 PM PDT by Arkinsaw
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"The judge is not swinging from a tree"

Do you really think it's appropriate to suggest that we hang judges we disagree with? Really??

Maybe you're on the wrong forum.

34 posted on 08/17/2008 5:33:50 PM PDT by Pablo64 (What is popular is not always right. What is right is not always popular.)
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To: EggsAckley

Thanks!


35 posted on 08/17/2008 5:34:05 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: buccaneer81

If you want a say in how child support is spent...why aren’t you with the mother of your children?


36 posted on 08/17/2008 5:34:10 PM PDT by TNdandelion (Paris Hilton for Prez! That's hot.)
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To: TNdandelion
"The boy's parents say they can provide a better upbringing for the baby than Crane can. Her household includes her stepfather, David L. Jacobs, who was convicted of domestic violence last year for hitting, choking and pointing a gun at Crane's 17-year-old sister and was placed on two years' probation, court records show."

That strong enough for you?

37 posted on 08/17/2008 5:36:15 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: Morgana
that is what I meant! The other parents are not saints. This girls is immature. I just wish more parents would teach boys to say “no to sex” and not blame the girl because she got pregnant.

Girl is blamed because she is an adult and the boy is a child. That is the legal FACT. If this is upsetting to you then you need to get the law changed so that adult women can have sex with middle schoolers. Good luck with that. Until then....you got nothing.
38 posted on 08/17/2008 5:36:34 PM PDT by Arkinsaw
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To: buccaneer81

I agree with you on that issue also. I was just addressing a specific question that was posed that I felt was probably not the main issue.


39 posted on 08/17/2008 5:38:13 PM PDT by Pablo64 (What is popular is not always right. What is right is not always popular.)
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To: buccaneer81

</;o)


40 posted on 08/17/2008 5:38:55 PM PDT by EggsAckley ( "the difference between Obama and Osama is just a little b.s.")
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To: TNdandelion
why aren’t you with the mother of your children?

She had an affair at work, I did not want a divorce, she did, she got custody, and that's how it works out for millions of men in this country every year.

But thanks for prejudging me.

41 posted on 08/17/2008 5:38:59 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: buccaneer81

Without information about the father’s family...how do I know this is the worst household of the two?


42 posted on 08/17/2008 5:44:45 PM PDT by TNdandelion (Paris Hilton for Prez! That's hot.)
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To: buccaneer81

Please don’t put somebody else’s words in my mouth. I’m posting tonight from a cell phone, which is difficult enough without having to defend someone else’s position.

Child support is just that; child support. Whoever has custody, they will spend considerably more on the baby than $50 a month.

If the boy and his parents care at all about the baby, they wouldn’t resent contributing a paltry $50.


43 posted on 08/17/2008 5:46:35 PM PDT by BykrBayb (We're a non Soros non lefitst supporting maverick Gang of 2, who won't be voting for McCain. ~)
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To: buccaneer81

Classy response to a moronic question....kudos!


44 posted on 08/17/2008 5:47:58 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Election '08, the year McCain defined the word "dilemma")
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To: buccaneer81

I’m not prejudging you, at all. (shrugs) Whatever insecurities you are feeling have little to do with the fact that you live in a separate household from your children and I doubt very much that you’d want someone outside your own household telling you how to run it. Funny that you don’t give your ex wife the same courtesy. Prejudiced?


45 posted on 08/17/2008 5:47:58 PM PDT by TNdandelion (Paris Hilton for Prez! That's hot.)
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To: TNdandelion
Without information about the father’s family...how do I know this is the worst household of the two?

There is no mention of a person who is a criminal domestic abuser living in the boy's house. There is such a person living in the mother's house. If that's not enough for you, then the only conclusion I can draw is the obvious...that you are on the woman's side no matter what.

Which part of the custody/support racket employs you?

46 posted on 08/17/2008 5:48:48 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: BykrBayb
"They don’t want to pay $50 a month toward the care of this baby, but they want full custody. How do they plan to provide for this baby on less than $50 a month?"

I know this is difficult for you, but take it slow, and I think you'll understand. They do not want to pay $50 a month to have their granddaughter in a family that will abuse her, and would prefer to pay any amount to support and raise her themselves. Got it? Hsnk

47 posted on 08/17/2008 5:50:07 PM PDT by Hank Kerchief
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To: TNdandelion
I doubt very much that you’d want someone outside your own household telling you how to run it.

When it comes down to my child and my money, I have every right to question.

BTW, how much do you get every month?

48 posted on 08/17/2008 5:50:31 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: buccaneer81

Where are all the guys who think this 15 year old “got lucky” now? I thought sex between a teenage boy and an older woman wasn’t the least bit traumatic? At least that’s what I’ve heard. Seems not so true in this case.


49 posted on 08/17/2008 5:50:51 PM PDT by derllak
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To: buccaneer81
$50 a month? Right. Child support isn't a punishment. It's for the children.
50 posted on 08/17/2008 5:51:09 PM PDT by Doohickey (Wingnut: A small, dense object that spins easily (See: Obama, Barack))
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