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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Nevada Man Charged With Incest

Here’s an example of a news item with too little information provided.

A 66-year-old Pahrump man is charged with lewdness and incest in a case involving a female relative, Nye County authorities said on Wednesday.

The article does not say the relative is a minor. The article does not say that he forced himself on his female relative. We have seen cases in which participants were both adults and consenting and somehow, information gets to law enforcement and the laws against such consensual sex are used against the participants. Is that happening here? We don’t know. There is a huge difference between someone molesting or raping a minor or assaulting or raping an adult... and consensual sex between adults. Which happened here? We don’t know.

Robin Gardner is being held on $50,000 bail.

Police said the crimes Gardner is accused of date back to June of this year.

If this isn’t a case consensual sex between adults, then throw the book at him. If it is a case of consensual sex between adults, this shouldn’t be a criminal issue.

What could the “lewdness” have been?
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