Monday, April 29, 2013

Case in Georgia Highlights Arbitrary Restrictions

The age of consent in the US state of Georgia is 16. A girl who is 16 can legally consent to group sex with complete strangers, or sex with a 50-year-old man who has been her next-door-neighbor all of her life, or a 30-year-old cage fighting champion. But she can't consent to have sex with a certain someone she knows. Amanda Thomas reports at

A Mableton man is facing an incest charge after the 17-year-old victim apparently gave birth to his child.

Richard Andrew Cosden, 44, appeared in Douglas County court Wednesday charged with 12 counts of incest. According to Assistant District Attorney Anna Vaughn, the victim's mother became suspicious that Cosden could possibly the the child's father.

"She did take a toothbrush of the defendant and swabbed the mouth of the baby," Vaughn said. "She got a DNA test and that is conclusive that the defendant is in fact the father of the 17-year-old's child.
Again, the age of consent is 16, and notice he was charged with "incest," not rape or assault. Also notice that the "victim's mother" apparently didn't get confirmation from the alleged victim, and instead confirmed her suspicions through secretly using the DNA test.
In an interview that has already taken place, he has admitted to having sexual intercourse with the 17-year-old victim in this case at least 12 times. He only admits it from the age of 16 beyond. However, there is indications that there may be something that has happened prior to that."
Then he should be charged with that crime, rather than smeared with innuendo.

The defendant has an 11-year-old with the woman who turned him in.

Some of the comments left were interesting, but of course we have no way of knowing if the comments are accurate...

The 17 YEAR OLD IS his step daughter not bio. And as i have been told she has admitted to family/friends it WAS 100% consentUAL 

Not making excuses but the story here isn't the hole thing and also has stuff in it that is not true!
popo2 wrote...
A minor can not give consent.... better yet he's a step dad who took advantage of a kid he's sick I pray he gets rapped n jail everyday, for it, u sick mofo.... nothing he says is goin to make this situation ok period she's was a kid. If ur making excuses for him ur as messed up as he is bc this isn't normal it's freaking sick.....
Again, the age of consent in Georgia is 16. Don't like it? Raise it.

And again, if he's a predator, charge him with rape or assault. But if this was consensual sex, how about a little more consistency in the law?
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