aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

"I wanted to have sex with him. I'm old enough to know what I was doing."

The Oregonian had a story about a 26-year-old high school basketball coach who had sex with one of his players, who was 17. He was one of the first to be sentenced under a new state law that cracks down on coaches who have sex with underage athletes. He'll also have to register as a sex offender once he is released.

It's a complicated story, one with no winners.

From the Oregonian article: ""I was constantly flirting with him, asking him to play video games," said the girl, whom The Oregonian is not naming because she's the victim of sexual abuse. "...I wanted to have sex with him. I'm old enough to know what I was doing.""

At that point, my sympathies tilted a bit to the coach.

But then I read this: "Gibson's two roommates reported him to Gresham police when they saw Gibson and the girl, who had just turned 17, go into his bedroom and heard them having sex." It seems like your roommates would be less likely to turn you in they thought it was a gray area - but they clearly didn't.

The girl clearly sees herself as being at fault: " "I personally don't understand why the punishment was so harsh when I was the aggressor," she said, before sitting down, putting her head in her hands and crying. The girl said she wanted to see Gibson again."

However: "The judge warned Gibson that he faces more than two years in prison if he violates the terms of his probation, which includes a ban on any contact with the girl. The judge then turned to the girl, and repeated the warning: "If you have contact with Mr. Gibson, you might as well drive him down to the gates of the Oregon State Penitentiary.""

My mom was 19 and my dad was 31 when they married. They made it 49.5 years. But the difference between 17 and 19 is huge - or is it?

Read the rest of the article here.

What do you think?

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