Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Able to Consent to Sex, But Not Being Recorded?

Here’s an interesting case out of Nevada, where the age of consent to sex is 16.

Elko District Court’s decision to dismiss Aaron Hughes’ child pornography charge was reversed Thursday by the Nevada Supreme Court.

Hughes, a former police captain, was arrested in December 2008 on a warrant charging incest and using a minor in the production of child pornography.

Authorities confiscated videos that were downloaded onto a computer as evidence in the case, which involved a 17-year-old relative.

So, a 17-year-old can consent to sex with a complete stranger, but not to sex with a relative or to be recorded during sex. Notice that Hughes is not accused of forcing himself on her.

At a preliminary hearing in January 2009, an affidavit from Hughes’ ex-wife indicated he was the man in the videos, although his face was not visible.

I wonder if she was the one who turned him in, and if she was already estranged from him before that?

Didn’t the 17-year-old commit incest, too?

According to the article, Hughes is also an accused thief. But the article doesn’t give enough information to know whether or not he’s a cheat. He may be a bad person. But the fact is, the age of consent in Nevada is 16, and the sex was consensual. I think it is unjust to prosecute for the consensual sex, or the recording of the consensual sex.

UPDATE from February 2017.
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