Reminds me of an article I read one time about a guy who was camping out in the middle of nowhere where he (thought) he was alone. Went back into the woods to take a whiz, and was promptly arrested by two cops hiding out trying to entrap homosexuals. Charged with indecent exposure, and has to register on a sex offender list for the rest of his life. For taking a whiz in the woods where he thought nobody was around.
“Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against... We’re after power and we mean it... There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals.
Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted and you create a nation of law-breakers and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.” (Atlas Shrugged 1957)
I've read of a teenage boy on the registry for mooning passing cars from the school bus. Others for skinny-dipping in a pond late at night.
Eventually these sex offender registries will be rendered worthless. They'll be so populated by mundane, minor offenders that those actual violent sexual predators will simply fall through the cracks, disappearing amongst the multitude of names.
Underage girls sent topless photos to boys, boys swap them around like baseball cards. Prosecutors about to charge them for distribution of child pornography until the parents of the boys wondered (loudly) about why the girls were not charged for CREATION of child pornography. Charges were dropped.
An 18 year old who has sex with his (or her) 17 year old girlfriend (or boyfriend) doesn't need to be a lifetime “sexual offender” and take classes to deal with his (or her) attraction to the underaged.
It’s not ridiculous and the incident you cite is nothing like what these little bastards did.
They deserve what they got and they will think long and hard before doing something as stupid as this.