"We're so sorry we got caught"

It’s been a while since I touched on the Milton Academy story of the 15-year-old girl who had a tendency towards performing oral sex on her classmates, often in large groups. Well, the story appears to be settled.

In the incident that drew all the fire, “Monica” met up with and provided Lewinskys for five boys in a locker room. The 15-year-old and the 16-year-old boys were taken to juvenile court, where they were given 100 hours of community service and their cases continued for two years. And yesterday, the 17- and 18-year-old boys were in adult court, where they were forced to apologize to “Monica’s” family and put on two years’ pre-trial probation. If they keep their noses clean until then, the charges will be dismissed.

Let’s recap the consequences of this case:
All five boys: expelled.
The two younger boys: Two years probation, 100 hours community service, then their records expunged.
The three older boys: forced to apologize to “Monica’s” parents in open court, two years probation, then their records expunged.
“Monica:” brief “administrative leave” from school, now back attending classes.

With luck, this will be the last we hear of this sordid, sad affair. But I’ll bring up one last point: Massachusetts statutory-rape laws are black and white. In New Hampshire, the law is a bit more precise: if there is a four-year or less difference in the age of the parties involved, it’s reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor. And I can’t seem to verify it, but it’s my understanding that when the age difference is only a year or two, the law doesn’t get involved.

Personally, I’d like to have seen “Monica” charged as well, and definitely expelled along with the boys. There was absolutely no evidence of coercion or force — in fact, quite to the contrary; she was apparently an eager participant, and possibly the instigator. She was 15, but so was one of the boys charged. If what he did was a crime, so was what she did. And maybe that would have shown a light on the injustice of the current laws in Massachusetts.

In Jay Tea’s ideal world, all six participants (along with those in the other incidents) would have been quietly expelled from Milton, with clear explanations to their parents. But the courts would have never been involved, and certainly not the newspapers. But if they’re going to come down hard on the boys, they have no right to give the girl a pass.

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Previous accounts of the Milton Academy story here, here, and here.

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