The girl’s mother admits it’s possible her daughter may have committed a crime, but adds “she’s still a child” and “she didn’t know she was doing anything wrong.”
The child is expected in court later this month, according to the Daily Mail. If convicted, the 10-year-old may be required to register as a sex offender.
In many jurisdictions the age for criminal conduct and punishment is thirteen. At thirteen, most state laws deem a child forms the intent or mental capacity to commit a crime.
However, in the protected bubble of juvenile justice, authorities don’t define a child’s actions as criminal. Instead, the conduct is declared “delinquent.” At age ten, this child’s case will likely remain in juvenile court. As the case moves toward prosecution, the prosecutor will need to examine the maturity level of the child and rely on psychological evaluations. As for the details of the crime, the prosecutor will need to know how brutal, manipulative or violent the assault was in order to determine whether the actions of the child amounted to simple horseplay or something far more sinister. For successful conviction the state must prove force and penetration. To date, these details have not been released.
The extraordinary component of this case is the sex offender registration if the 10-year old is convicted. This requirement essentially undermines the purpose of juvenile court that allows for privacy of the child in the hope that the child can be rehabilitated.
What do you think? Should 10- year olds be registered sex offenders?
- Yes. Age shouldn’t matter for this crime and she should be treated as any adult would.
- No. She’s too young to register as a sex offender
- Need more information to decide
- Don’t know
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