Wednesday, January 24, 2007

High School Football Star Behind Bars for Consensual Sex With Another High Schooler

ESPN has the whole, tragic story:

There is a cardboard box in Genarlow Wilson's old bedroom. . . . It's filled with things he needed in his old life. Mostly, it's overflowing with recruiting letters, from schools big and small. A "Good luck on the SAT" postcard from the coaches at Columbia. From another Ivy League college, Brown, a note from the football coach: "You have been recommended to me as one of the top scholar-athletes in your area." . . .

Once, he was the homecoming king at Douglas County High. Now he's Georgia inmate No. 1187055, convicted of aggravated child molestation.

When he was a senior in high school, he received oral sex from a 10th grader. He was 17. She was 15. Everyone, including the girl and the prosecution, agreed she initiated the act. But because of an archaic Georgia law, it was a misdemeanor for teenagers less than three years apart to have sexual intercourse, but a felony for the same kids to have oral sex.

Wilson admits that he was far from perfect, and the hotel party where the so-called felony occurred was far from innocent. Still, he did nothing that deserves a minimum 10-year sentence—nothing that thousands of kids his age haven't done without legal consequences.

If you live in Geogia, contact your legislators and tell them to do something about this injustice.


Blogger John said...

So many prosecutors belong behind bars themselves. It's amazing how cavalier they can get about people's lives, as Mike Nifong has in Durham.

6:03 PM  

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