Daily Mail has an article today about the charges 19-year-old Casey Aldridge could face for impregnating 16-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears (if he was, in fact, the one who did it).
Louisiana law defines this unlawful carnal knowledge as “sexual intercourse with consent between someone age 19 or older and someone between age 12 and 17.”
In Louisiana a person can only legally consent to sex at age 17. If aged 15 or 16, the other person involved must be no more than two years older for the act to be considered legal.
But Aldridge wouldn’t fare much better if the “carnal” act happened in California, where Spears lives while on the set of her Nickelodeon TV show Zoey 101.
The Californian Penal Code states that any person who engages in an act of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under 18 who is not more than three years younger than the perpetrator, is guilty of a misdemeanour and faces up to one year in a county jail.
But Californian criminal defence attorney Jim Hammer says: “If Aldridge is actually more than three years older he could be up for a felony, which carries a maximum three years in prison.â€
If the sex took place in Louisiana, he could be in for 10 years.
Now, help me out here, legal eagles: do the parents have to press charges for any of this to happen? Or can the state press charges? And is it likely that they will?
Weigh in, smart people!!!
December 20, 2007 at 11:14 am by Evil Beet
Lindsay Lohan must be getting paid big bucks by Ariva — she was photographed last night with the quit-smoking gum once again. But, as we know, Lindsay has not yet quit smoking.
Maybe she oughtta share some with Katherine Heigl.
December 20, 2007 at 11:07 am by Evil Beet
Joanie Laurer aka Chyna hangs out — literally — in Bev Hills last night.
December 20, 2007 at 10:47 am by Evil Beet
Ashley Schnozdale showed off her nose again at the Starlight Starbright Childrens Foundation Winter Wonderland.
I hope the swelling hasn’t gone down yet.
December 20, 2007 at 10:42 am by Evil Beet
Ruben Studdard — who basically did nothing successful after winning season 2 of AmIdol — has been dropped from J Records.
His last album only moved 235,000 copies.
That’s worse than Britney’s!
December 20, 2007 at 10:38 am by Evil Beet
Work it, girl. Own it.
Katie and fiance Josh Kelley had lunch with T.R. Knight in LA for some lunch.
She then stopped at a health food shop, where her credit card was declined. But she still managed to buy some more cigs.
She says she’s giving up smoking in the new year.
So am I, Katie, so am I. And I’m sure we’ll be about equally successful.
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